Volunteers are needed at various 4-H events and programs across the state, such as Afterschool programs, Nebraska State Fair, FIRST Robotics programs, horse programs, and much more! These volunteers may help with one event or multiple throughout the year. Individuals interested in volunteering outside of a Club Leader role should follow the steps below to get started.
Please note that only volunteers serving as Club Leaders should enroll through 4-H Online. For more information and instructions for enrollment, please see New Club Leader.
HOW TO GET STARTED
STEP 1: Download the Youth Protection Screening Form
All Nebraska 4-H volunteers must complete the Youth Protection 4-H Volunteer Screening Form before working with youth. Please be sure the screening form you are completing has a barcode at the top and bottom of the page. Please download and print the original document. Do not make copies. The barcode needs to stay clear so it can be scanned at DHHS.
STEP 2: Complete the Screening Form
For privacy reasons all incomplete forms will be returned for completion. Do not leave sections blank. If a section does not apply, please write NONE or N/A. Social Security Numbers are required. Write the name of the county where you are volunteering at the bottom of the page. Please review the form prior to sending it to make sure it is complete.
Forms verifying your identity/signature must be signed by an employee of the Extension office in the county you are volunteering. If not signed by an Extension office employee it must be notarized by a notary public.
STEP 3: Submit the Screening Form
Mail complete and original forms to the address below. Mark envelopes as "Confidential".
State 4-H Office
Attn: Kim Novotny
114 Ag Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0700.
STEP 4: Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Once the screening process is complete you are welcome to any of the volunteer opportunities available at both county and state levels. Please Request Information or contact your local Extension office for additional volunteer opportunities in your community.
STEP 5: Repeat Screening Process as Schedule
Volunteer screening is repeated every four years based on district, regardless of when the original screening was completed. The district rotation is as follows:
- 2017 – Southeast District
- 2018 – Panhandle District
- 2019 – West Central District
- 2020 – Northeast District