Become a Certified Volunteer
We truly have volunteers that bleed green and white in Pulaski County 4-H. Volunteers are encouraged to coach judging teams, mentor specialty clubs, and attend special events with 4-H'ers and staff.
One of our volunteer-led clubs is Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun, & Education). Pulaski County rotates hosting the Southwest B.B. Competition in March for one of the qualifying matches for the S.A.F.E. state competition held in April at Rock Eagle. Thanks to the help of a great group of volunteers, we were able to offer the additional disciplines of Archery and Shotgun in 2016.
In 2017, we also welcomed the addition the Equine Club, also led by 4-H volunteers. The Equine Club meets once a month at designated locations, and include demonstrations, field trips, and a variety of competitive events. We are so excited about this new opportunity for our 4-H'ers, but we couldn't do it without the help of our awesome volunteers!
In addition to coaching shooting sports teams and leading specialty clubs, volunteers have the opportunity to coach any number of judging teams, such as:
- Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging
- Livestock Judging
- Wildlife Judging
- Horse Judging, and
- many more!
Any volunteer interested in becoming a certified S.A.F.E. Coach in any discipline must be screened and attend a three-day coaches training event held in the fall and winter at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Certification is also required to coach many of our judging teams, and training is paid for by Pulaski County 4-H.
Volunteers may also coach our Challenge Bowl team, mentor 4-H'ers in various projects such as Foods Labs, and serve as judges at Project Achievement, Georgia 4-H's cornerstone public speaking competition.
There are opportunities for volunteers to attend various leadership workshops, as well as overnight district and state events. Of course, we are always looking for volunteers to join us for a week of summer camp! Many volunteers use this time as a sort of unconventional vacation while doing a good deed and serving the youth of Pulaski County.
Volunteers wishing to attend overnight activities or coach a S.A.F.E. or judging team must be screened (including a background check and motor vehicle report) and complete the Georgia 4-H Risk Management Training. There are two forms you need to fill out to be screened:
- UGA Volunteer Agreement
- Screening Application
- Consent for Background Investigation (including MVR. Disapproval of a MVR does not exclude a volunteer from becoming certified.)
Volunteers who remain inactive for a period of one year must resubmit a screening application.
Information received is considered personal and confidential. Return the screening paperwork to our office in person or via e-mail. After the Georgia 4-H State Office approves your application, you will be sent an e-mail directing you the online Risk Management Training and quiz. This short video will teach you 4-H basics and the expectations of a volunteer working with 4-H youth. A score of 100% on the 5-question quiz must be obtained before your certification becomes final.
4-H Volunteer Leaders Association
As a screened and certified 4-H Volunteer, you are invited to become a member of the Pulaski County 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association. The VLA meets every third Thursday of the month. At VLA meetings, the Association discusses ways that they can help support Pulaski County 4-H including organizing fundraisers, other funds-development activities, and assisting with local, district, and state events. Every member has an equal voice, and no opinion or idea goes unheard.
The Volunteer Leaders Association is led by an elected Executive Board. Those serving as officers for the 2016-2017 year are:
- President - John Jones
- Vice-President - Colby Davis
- Secretary - Jennifer Downs
To learn more about the Pulaski County 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, please contact the Extension office or visit the PC4-HVLA Facebook page.