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Alabama 4-H volunteer outdoors with 4-H member monitoring water quality

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. —The week of April 7 is National Volunteer Week, and a great time to say thank you to all of the volunteers that contribute to Alabama 4-H.

The youth development and education program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  4-H is a program designed to foster skill development in young people. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has helped young people develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders. The success of county and state programs led by Alabama Extension staff is largely dependent on support from parents, volunteers and local business leaders.

4-H Volunteers

Alabama Extension 4-H Specialist, Nancy Alexander said there are more than 8,900 volunteers working with local 4-H clubs, members and events.

“These volunteers reach more than 178,000 4-H members and participants, making a difference in their communities and having direct programmatic impact on Extension and 4-H in Alabama,” Alexander said. “The contribution of these volunteers is more than $4 million to our program.”

During the 2017-18 club year, 4-H volunteers contributed 175,049 hours to 4-H programs.

Become a 4-H Club Leader

4-H direct volunteers undergo comprehensive background checks and an extensive eight-part training program. 4-H volunteers are expected to work cooperatively with youth, families and Alabama Extension staff to provide a positive model of behavior. Background checks are completed through Auburn University.

Alexander said 4-H volunteers are important because they bring programmatic expertise, skills and experiences.

“Volunteers help 4-H leverage additional resources and allow us to reach more 4-H members and participants,” Alexander said. “In addition, 4-H volunteers serve as our best advisors for what programs are needed in their local communities and how to leverage local resources for the greatest impact.”

For more information about volunteering with 4-H programs, visit alabama4h.com or contact your county Extension agent.

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