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Volunteer Standards of Behavior – OSU Extension

Volunteer Selection and Policies

Each year, more than 20,000 adults give their time, energy, and talents to develop and implement hands-on educational programs with youth. Volunteers serve as community club leaders, special event coordinators, chaperones, fundraisers, community advocates, and much more.

A significant component of all Extension professionals' time is devoted to identifying, selecting, orientating, training, utilizing, recognizing, and evaluating volunteers. It is critical that 4-H professionals have the tools and resources to be successful in administering a volunteer program.

Volunteers also need tools and resources to strengthen their knowledge and skills to effectively lead local programs. Volunteers can find resources focusing on strengthening their 4-H clubs, organizing a recognition program, ideas on fundraising to support the program, and much, much more.

The updated Extension Volunteer Standards of Behavior form is available on the state 4-H website (as of June 2016).

More information about all volunteer policies is available on the state 4-H website in the Volunteers section. NOTE: When you are redirected to this section of the 4-H site, you need to click on the "4-H for Staff" title in the left menu, then log in to access the information in this section.

Reviewed by Tom Archer – March 2015