Get Involved

Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.

There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.

4-H Youth Development Volunteers

4-H works with volunteers to involve youth and children in an educational learning experience that results in effective learning for each individual. The four H's each represent an area of learning.

How Does 4-H Accomplish This?

4-H utilizes the learning-by-doing concept of experiential education. We put the focus on the learner and enable her/him to progress through several stages.

  • We believe that if youth set goals, plan, and work toward those goals, they learn decision making.
  • We believe that if youth run clubs as group members, as officers, and/or committee members, they learn leadership.
  • We believe that if youth are involved with significant others and their peers, they learn caring.
  • We believe that if youth conduct community activities, they learn citizenship.
  • We believe that if youth become involved in a project, they learn facts and gain knowledge toward careers.
  • We believe that if youth learn these life work skills and practice through giving talks, they learn presentation skills.
  • Finally, we believe that through experiential learning, youth become involved in many activities and events, and they learn to evaluate, determine what was useful or important to remember, and use this information to perform another activity.
Why Volunteer for 4-H? (PDF | 235KB)

If you want to learn how you can be involved as a 4-H adult volunteer, contact the Spotsylvania Extension Office at 540-507-7569 or email Cindy Puryear, 4-H Extension Agent, at cpuryear@vt.edu.