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NEW 2021 Volunteer Applications Available NOW

Adult volunteers are the backbone and are key to the success of the 4-H program! We are always looking for new caring adults who have time and expertise they would like to volunteer to the 4-H program. Adults who work directly with 4-H'ers two or more times during the year are considered volunteers.
All volunteers must complete the required OSU Extension volunteer approval process. Are YOU interested in being a 4-H Volunteer in Brown County?
Complete the online volunteer application at

All application materials must be received by the OSU Extension Office by April 1, 2021.
This includes references and background checks.

All new volunteers must also complete a BCI background check, interview, and orientation. Specific information on this will be sent to volunteers after their application is received.

New volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation. Please note, attending a returning volunteer update does not meet the requirement for a new volunteer. Please check back here or contact the Extension Office for more information. 


2021 Volunteer Training - For returning volunteers only!

Returning volunteers who were active volunteers in 2020 have three options to complete their required training in 2021. Training must be completed by April 1st. 

Slides from the In-Person/Live training

Option One: Live Virtual Training – March 8th at 6pm Via Zoom

Option Two: In-Person Training – February 23 at 6:00pm; Carpeted Room – Limited Space

Option Three: Virtual Training – on your own prior to April 1st

For this year, volunteers may complete the Ohio 4-H annual activities and programs with minor participants (policy 1.50) training virtually at their leisure. You will be responsible for reviewing the PowerPoint slides from the live sessions that will be posted on the website and asking any clarifying questions you may have on updates etc., as well as making sure you are reading all provided emails and updates.

To complete option three follow the guidelines found by clicking here for Activities and Programs with Minor Participants Policy 1.50 Training. Please note you only need to complete this specific training. The second training mentioned on the form is not required for returning volunteers. 

 If a volunteer fails to attend one of the trainings or complete the online training, they WILL NOT be recognized as a volunteer in 2021. To return as a volunteer in 2022 they would be required to complete the new volunteer process. The 2021 new volunteer application is available on our website. This DOES NOT meet the requirements for new volunteers. Please remember that failure to read and understand information is not an acceptable reason for unmet requirements or missed deadlines. If you do not understand, please ask clarifying questions. We are happy to help clarify information and help you complete the process in advance of deadlines. 

Background Check  Information: Please take this information with you when you go to get your background check!
If you are going to the Brown County Educational Service Center, please take this completed form with you! This will expedite the process! CLICK HERE FOR FORM!