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4-H Volunteer Information

Become a 4-H Volunteer today and help create life-changing experiences for youth in your community!

4-H Volunteers are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. With each volunteer comes knowledge, experiences, and skills which can be taught to 4-H youth and shared with the 4-H program.

No matter your background or expertise, you can join the 4-H community.  As a parent, a project leader, or in any other leadership capacity, you can offer your unique talents and perspectives. You decide the level of involvement that fits your skills and schedule, such as:

  • Lead community clubs, school-based or after-school programs and camp settings
  • Serve as chaperone, board member, event judge or camp counselor
  • Create community service opportunities for youth in your area
  • Work with other adults to create fun and exciting programs

What are the steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer?

  1. Please fill out the UME Volunteer Application (below). Send the fillable pdf UME Reference Form (below) to the three references listed on your application. Applicants and references may send completed forms to Gretchen Sumbrum @
  2. There is an online Volunteer Orientation training that is given by the 4-H state office once a month. View the 2020 Volunteer Webinar Training Schedule. After your volunteer application has been approved and references are received, the 4-H office will schedule you for the session. You will need both a telephone and computer with high speed internet (no dial up).
  3. Once the application screening process, background check, and online Volunteer Orientation training are complete, the 4-H office will contact you to schedule a face-to-face interview.
  4. Finally, you will create your profile and enroll online at To maintain your certified UME volunteer status with 4-H, each year (January) you must go to the site for re-enrollment and update the MD Code of Conduct, Publicity Release, and Annual Renewal sections

  Maryland 4-H Volunteer Application
  Reference Form for Volunteer Position

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