Volunteer

There are Seven Steps to Becoming a Jefferson County Volunteer

1. Decide that you want to help kids grow and explore their futures.
Maybe you want to get more involved, but you just haven't been sure how.  This is a great way and opportunity to be a part of helping educate our youth to help them grow into productive citizens!
2. Watch the Orientation videos to learn more about 4-H and opportunities available to you.
3. Contact the Jefferson County ISU Extension office to find out about local opportunities.
There may be an opening for a leader in an area of you interest, a current club may need an extra pair of hands or there may be an opportunity for you to start your own club!
4. Complete Iowa State University Extension’s Child Protection and Safety Policy (CPSP) process if you will have direct contact with youth.
Stop by the Jefferson County Extension Office to pick up your Volunteer Application Packet to get started on the CPSP process.  This process may take 4-6 weeks from start to finish so it is crucial to start it as soon as you have decided you want to get involved!
5. Attend trainings.
Jefferson County has at least one (1) state required training each year to provide continuing education to our current volunteers.  In addition to this training, all NEW volunteers must attend a State training before starting their adventure as a new volunteer.
In addition to these training, Jefferson County will keep all volunteers up to date on the 4-H Risk Management Training.  As updates are handed down, an additional training may be hosted or an online training may be offered.
6. Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school, or even your church.
7. Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having FUN with kids!
Now that you have completed the seven (7) steps to becoming a volunteer, you may be saying "Now What?". The following are some help sheets that may provide a little extra guidance in the adventure of being a volunteer. 
How to Start a Club
Planning Club Experiences
Tips on Conducting a Club Meeting
Club Meeting Outline
Tips on Pre-Meeting Activities

County 4-H News

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January 5, 2017

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference, set for Jan. 28, 2017, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.

December 20, 2016

REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS: Clover Kids, 4-H, SESS leaders and assistant leaders and Youth Committee volunteers.

This training is part of the statewide leader training and will be held on January 19th, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the new Cambridge building.

Please register by contacting the Jefferson County Extension Office by January 13th. 

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December 15, 2016
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Executive Conference Room
Noon — 1 p.m.
“Iowa’s Water Quality—How it Impacts You” Presenters: Greg Brenneman, Extension Ag Engineer, Tom Miller, Extension Swine Specialist, Rebecca Vittetoe, Extension Field Agronomist, and Rick Robinson, Environmental Policy Advisor Iowa Farm Bureau .
Please join us for lunch and the opportunity to learn more about the Iowa’s Water Quality. The Ag Lunch and Learn will include:
 Overview on Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and current progress update
 Discussion on practices being implemented to improve water quality
 Opportunity for questions and discussion
Please RSVP to the Jefferson County Extension Office at 641-472-4166 by Jan. 18, as space is limited. There is not cost to attend and the program is open to the public.
December 1, 2016
Visit the Recognition Opportunities webpage for all details

 

 
State 4-H Project Awards

 

State 4-H Council

 

State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador

 

National Conference

 

National Congress

 

National 4-H Dairy Conference Information
 

December 1, 2016

4-H members have exclusive access to over 90 scholarship opportunities valued at over $90,000. The various scholarship awards range in amounts from $500 to $10,000. Click here for a complete list of scholarships.

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