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Volunteers and parents help make 4-H possible. Without volunteers and parents, the program would not have the mentors and leaders needed in order for members to learn the new skills that 4-H has to offer. With each volunteer comes knowledge, experience, and skills that can be taught to 4-H members and shared with the 4-H program "to make the best better."

Volunteers and parents are a major reason for 4-H's success in youth development. Since 1902, parents and volunteers have helped the 4-H program develop sucessful leaders, build young minds, and set the path for 4-Hers to take the world by storm.

When you become a 4-H volunteer, you will be invited to special training meetings and will receive emails to help you learn your responsibilities as a volunteer. Your County Extension Educator and current volunteers will mentor you too.

If you would like to become a 4-H volunteer, complete ALL necessary forms and return them to the Lake County 4-H office. You must have:

Ohio BCI fingerprint background checks must be submitted electronically.

Print this form and take it with you when you have your background check. This form outlines exact procedures and details for reimbursement.

We are not permitted to accept copies of reports by USPS, e-mail or hand delivered. Copies will be returned. 

  • a completed interest checklist.

  • a personal interview with the Lake County Extension 4-H staff

Click here for a comprehensive handbook for advisors. 

All clubs need to have the following on file at the Extension office each year: