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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. —“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” -Helen Dyer

Alabama 4-H is celebrating National Volunteer Week by recognizing the volunteers who are the backbone of statewide programming.

As 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 youth 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

4-H provides opportunities for personal growth and helps volunteers give back to their communities.

Alabama Extension 4-H Specialist Nancy Alexander said in 2021 there were approximately 3,105 volunteers working with local 4-H clubs, members and events.

“These volunteers reach more than 71,241 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. “These volunteers contribute more than $2.3 million of in-kind services to our program.”

During the 2020-2021 club year, 4-H volunteers contributed 80,934 hours to 4-H programs and participants.

Become a 4-H Club Leader

4-H direct volunteers undergo comprehensive background checks conducted by Auburn University and an extensive eight-part training program. Volunteers work cooperatively with youth, families and Alabama Extension staff to provide a positive behavior model.

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 beneficial in their local communities and how to leverage local resources for the greatest impact.”

More Information

For more information about volunteering with 4-H programs, visit alabama4h.com or contact your county Extension agent. Learn more about 4-H in Alabama by reading the 2020-2021 impact report.

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