4-H Volunteer Information

What is 4-H?

Oneida County 4-H is a youth-based organization that is free to join. The four H’s in 4-H stand for head, heart, hands, and health. That means we are committed to providing opportunities for youth to learn life skills like decision-making, problem solving, caring for others, generosity, making healthy choices, and more. In any setting – online or in person – through 4-H youth have the chance to become leaders, make decisions, and make their voices heard.

Who can volunteer with 4-H?

Anyone age 19 and older who cares about young people. You don’t need to be a parent or an expert!

An adult 4-H volunteer gives baking and food presentation tips to youth during an online 4-H program.







How do you become a 4-H volunteer?

It’s a simple as A…B….C!

Step 1 (A): Apply for free online, on paper, or by phone

Enroll as a 4-H volunteer for free online or download a PDF adult volunteer enrollment form (email it to apwilliams@wisc.edu or mail it to: UW-Extension Oneida County (Oneida County 4-H), 5350 College Drive, PO Box 518 Rhinelander, WI 54501. You can also call 715-365-2750 and staff can help enroll you as an adult volunteer.

Step 2 (B): Background Check

After you enroll online or submit your enrollment form, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension will send you an email asking for your permission to run a basic background check (at no cost to you).

Step 3 (C): Orientation

Welcome to volunteering with Oneida County 4-H! Attend an online orientation from the comfort of your own home!

Click here to view Upcoming “Volunteer In Training” sessions offered to Oneida County adults.

How do I become certified?

After you complete Steps 1, 2, and 3, and your screening is complete, you will become a certified 4-H adult volunteer.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

An adult 4-H volunteer shows youth over Zoom how to make art using shaving cream.

Volunteering with 4-H benefits the young people, the community and you — the volunteer.

  • Pass your knowledge with the next generation
  • Build your own skills as you help young people build theirs
  • You will receive regular training and support
  • Grow your network in your community
  • Feel pride in making a big impact in the lives of young people and adults in your community
  • Make a difference!


4-H is unique! Youth learn how to solve problems, make decisions and communicate ideas

  • 4-H is the largest youth organization in the nation
  • Our methods are backed by university research
  • All learning is project-based — 4-H’ers learn by doing
  • Our volunteers receive ongoing training and support

An adult 4-H volunteer (top left) watches as youth build contraptions out of junk drawer materials.









An adult 4-H volunteer (right) leads a LEGO building session online with his son.







Questions? Need clarification? Contact Oneida County 4-H Staff:

Anne Williams, Oneida County UW-Extension 4-H Program Coordinator

Phone: 715-365-2750     Email: apwilliams@wisc.edu

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