Ways to Volunteer

Become an Iowa 4-H Volunteer in Six Simple Steps

1. Decide that you want to help kids grow and explore their futures.
2. Watch the Orientation videos to learn more about 4-H and opportunities available to you.
3. Contact your local Polk County Extension to find out about local opportunities.
4. Complete Iowa State University Extension’s Child Protection and Safety Policy (CPSP) process, including a background screening.
5. Attend a local/state training.
6. Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having FUN with kids!

Potential Volunteer Opportunities

4-H Club Leader

Club volunteers provide overall leadership to club or group organization, overseeing the structure and operation and serving as the club’s contact with Extension staff and other 4-H volunteers.They help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential by supporting them to conduct meaningful, educational experiences. View a complete club leader position description.

Project Leader

Project volunteers help members plan and conduct projects. Sometimes project volunteers assist with clubs that are organized around one project area and sometimes a project volunteer assists youth interested in a specific project area but the youth belong to a club with members interested in many different project areas. A good example is a horse project club - where the entire focus of the club is on horses. View a complete project leader position description

Clover Kids Volunteer

Clover Kids volunteers promote positive development for children ages K-3 through cooperative learning and developmentally appropriate practices. They provide opportunities for youth to practice 5 life skills:  self-understanding, social interaction, decision-making, learning to learn, and mastering physical skills. View a complete Clover Kids volunteer position description.

4-H Mentor

4-H mentors provide new 4-H volunteers with the support, encouragement, training and personal contact to help them become well-rounded, knowledgeable, confident 4-H volunteers. This position will help produce a solid network of volunteers to enhance our 4-H youth program. View a complete 4-H mentor position description

County 4-H Volunteer

There are many ways to support the 4-H program at the county level. Volunteers are needed to give guidance to policy and priority setting and to conduct county and regional programs and activities. Contact your local Polk County Extension to learn more about 4-H volunteer opportunities in your county.

Madisen Gaskin - County Youth Coordinator- 515-957-5771- mgaskin@iastate.edu

4-H Resource Guide

A listing of all of the 4-H and Clover Kids kits and curriulums available in the Polk County Office. To reserve a kit or curriculum contact the Polk County Extension Staff at 515-957-5760 or polk4h@iastate.edu. If requesting a curriculum or program series to be delivered by Extension Staff please note we are normally booked 6-8 weeks in advance and schedules fill quickly. View the complete curriculum guide.




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