Section 28: Helping Other Volunteers get Involved

New volunteers must feel they are contributing to the community and the organization. Various opportunities for volunteers that will help make them feel useful and give them a sense of accomplishment are listed here. From your experience, you may be able to add to this list.

Possible Opportunities for New Volunteers

• Teach subject matter to youth and adults.
• Help experienced volunteers or professionals with training for new volunteers.
• Help adults or youth with language barriers.
• Visit "graduates" of the 4-H program to encourage them to become involved again in programs.
• Assist with typing, newsletters, mailings, publicity, record keeping, writing reports, filing, etc.
• Prepare teaching materials, posters, exhibits and other visuals.
• Serve as a contact or liaison between professional staff and 4-H volunteers or youth.
• Identify prospective adults, youth, and volunteers.
• Invite adults and youth to attend meetings.
• Set up exhibits to publicize 4-H programs.
• Arrange weekend camps for families or youth.
• Prepare a list of local agencies for referrals and emergencies.
• Arrange for use of meeting place.
• Obtain or provide sites for field trips, displays, and exhibits.
• Work through other organized groups.
• Serve on committees to arrange activities, recruit volunteers, and evaluate efforts.

Help Volunteers get Off to a Good Start

Each new volunteer has many abilities that can strengthen the program. To get new volunteers off to a good start, some thought, planning, organization, orientation, and time are needed. Extension staff could enlist a volunteer leader skilled and trained in new leader orientation and follow-up procedures to assist with the process. The time devoted to this effort can result in increased satisfaction and higher quality 4-H programming.

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Section 28: Helping Other Volunteers get Involved


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