Category Archives: Volunteerism


The 4-H Volunteerism eConference
The 2014 Volunteerism eConference focusing on the Volunteer Engagement and Activation Resources (VEAR) Pilot project is slated for March 20 and 27. Four forty-five minute sessions will be delivered each day via Adobe Connect, with a short break in between each session.

This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the National 4-H Volunteer Recruitment Toolkit. The Volunteer Engagement & Activation Resources (VEAR) materials including recruitment flyer, print ads, videos, brochures, etc. can be accessed online at

Thursday March 20, 2014
Session One: 12:00 – 12:45 PM
Overview of Volunteerism and Future Directions – The purpose of the VEAR pilots

Session Two: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
VEAR Corporate #1 Site Presentation

Session Three: 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Developing and Communicating Clearly Defined Roles for Volunteers

Session Four: 3:45 – 4:30 PM
VEAR Corporate Site #2

Thursday March 27, 2014
Session Five: 12:00 – 12 :45 PM
Recruiting Strategies for Diverse Volunteers

Session Six: 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Special Interest Groups – Episodic

Session Seven: 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Teens as Teachers

Session Eight: 3:45 – 4:30 PM
Putting It All Together

North Central Region 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
The North Central Region 4-H Volunteer e-Forum will consist of four volunteer leader training webinars. The format allows Extension offices to host facilitated discussions locally while participating in the live webinar. Host Site Facilitator Guides will be posted on the website one month in advance of each session. Each live webinar will be held 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Recordings of the sessions will also be posted for those unable to participate during the live session. Visit the North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Development website for full session descriptions, customizable promotional flyer, host site facilitator guides, and archived sessions from the 2011 e-Forum.

You’ve Got 4-H Parents! Now What??
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Engaging Teens & Older Youth
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – Using Technology to Enhance Your 4-H Experience

Monday, February 3, 2014 – Exploring the Science of 4-H Projects
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Volunteer Screening Update

Volunteer Background Screening Update

Virginia Cooperative Extension is continuing to work with departments across the Virginia Tech campus to finalize a formal policy and procedure for  background screening for  current volunteers and volunteer applicants. As efforts progress, Virginia Cooperative Extension continues to encourage background screening for volunteers that work with vulnerable populations including youth, seniors, individuals with special needs, volunteers handling funds, and volunteers transporting participants in vehicles. These volunteers generally complete the Volunteer Enrollment/Application Long Form VA-114 and reference checks are conducted as part of the initial application process.  Units should continuing  screening volunteers as they have done in previous years. These efforts may include using local county/city resources to conduct criminal history screenings if available.

At this point the background screening is suggested as stated above and will  become mandatory sometime in the near future.  We are still waiting for University Council to come out with the official policy/process.

If units do not have access through the locality to run a background screening, there is an opportunity to conduct the check through the portal available in the State 4-H Office.  Sam Fisher is the current contact to work out how to complete a screening. Cost for screening is $10 each and may be paid by the volunteer, unit or combination.  It is an online process that allows the volunteer to enter the information directly and results are received within 36 hours.  This helps address the security of the sensitive information and has a quick turn- around time.

Volunteer Conference of Southern States at Rock Eagle 4-H Center

Georgia 4-H in collaboration with North Carolina and Kentucky 4-H cordially invites your volunteers & staff to join us for the Volunteer Conference of Southern States, October 3-6, 2014 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.  The Conference includes great speakers, incredible workshops, learning labs and so much more.  For all the conference details, visit the Conference Website and learn more about the terrific opportunities that await as you are Framing your Future, Building our Best. 

Registration is now open.  Registration is online and open directly to volunteers and staff. Tips for completing the registration form as well as methods for reducing costs for the conference are available on the conference registration site.   You may also directly access registration and begin completing your application. Space is limited and we will increase the cost by $50 on September 15.

Please contact Katie Lafon with any questions at or 540-231-9410.

Hosting 2013 4-H Teen Exchangees for Summer

Great News!  In the summer of 2013, Virginia 4-H families have the opportunity to host teens from the following countries:  Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Japan, and Norway.  This is a great opportunity for American families to share their lives with young people from abroad and learn about their countries at the same time.  The hosting experience is for one month, and host families must have a child of the same gender and within a two-year age range of the hosted delegate.

Each of these groups will also have a chaperone, so host families are needed for them as well for 2 – 4 weeks.  Families who host chaperones are not required to have children in the home.

Bring the world to you!  This is an experience that will last a lifetime.  Host family applications are due by January 15.  For further information or an application form
please contact:

Dottie Nelson
Virginia 4-H Exchange
P.O. Box 144
Bland, VA  24315
Work:  304-431-5317
Cell:    276-617-1065