All new 4-H advisors / volunteers will need to complete the volunteer screening process. A potential 2015 volunteer is defined as “new” if he or she was not enrolled as an advisor / volunteer in the 4-H program for 2014. A checklist for completing this process is listed below:
- Receive or pick up a position description / application packet from the Extension Office
- Complete the new volunteer application and return it to the Extension Office
- Submit two reference forms from non-family members to the Extension Office
- Successfully pass the criminal history fingerprint background check
- Complete a new volunteer training session and interview with 4-H Educator Doug Foxx. These are scheduled for April 15th, April 21st, and May 14th – all three sessions will be held at the Extension Office. They will be conducted in two parts. Part 1 will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be the OSU Required Training on Recognizing and Reporting the Signs of Child Abuse & Neglect. Part 2 will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be the New Volunteer Orientation / Interview. Anyone that attended one of the February volunteer trainings does not need to attend Part 1. Please call the Extension Office at 330-264-8722 to register.
- Agree to and sign the Volunteer Standards of Behavior form.
- Receive a letter from 4-H Educator Doug Foxx indicating that they are approved to serve as an Ohio State University Extension 4-H volunteer.
Due to the need to complete the process (which takes approximately 6 weeks) before a volunteer begins working with the 4-H program, new volunteers will only be accepted from November 1st through April 1st each year.
If you have or are recruiting new volunteers for your club, please have them come to the Extension Office to pick up a packet which contains all of this information. A packet must be picked up by April 1st by any potential new volunteer. Please note: New volunteers are welcome to attend the February Advisor Trainings, but must still attend one of the new volunteer trainings in April or May.