I Want to Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to work with 4-H members! Our 4-H program relies on volunteers to accomplish our Positive Youth Development goals. As part of our commitment to these goals is the desire to provide a safe environment for learning. To help accomplish that, Kansas 4-H screens volunteers who work directly with youth. As a potential volunteer, we ask you to complete our screening process. To start the process, please complete the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application PDF Version or online application, along with the Volunteer Interest Survey and return it to the Extension Office.
In addition to the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application, we will ask you to take part in an interview and complete an Orientation to Kansas 4-H. The Orientation Training Course can be found through https://ks.4honline.com/. (Click here for step-by-step instructions.) Additional steps of the process include: checking your references and a two part background check.
The first step of the background check is the Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Check. Complete the form and mail it to DCF, Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry, PO Box 2637, Topeka, KS 66601 or return it to the Extension Office and we will email it for you (preferred method). The second step is to complete the National Criminal Background Check Information and Permission form - click here to access the website and select Midway Extension District. The process is online using a commercial vendor and their secure website and server. The results from both steps will be sent to our State 4-H Office and communicated to our local office. The check is being conducted by Validity Screening Solutions, a Kansas Company who provides background checks to the State of Kansas, Kansas State University and many volunteer organizations.
Once all these steps are complete and no problems or concerns are found, your name will be presented to the local Extension Board for approval and appointment as a 4-H volunteer for our program.
The main roles for local volunteers are Community Club Leader, Project Leader or Activity Leader. There are many more roles for volunteers, just check with us at the Extension Office for more information.