Massachusetts 4-H has a unique system of both local and statewide Advisory and Program Councils comprised of 4-H volunteers from across the state. Each advisory is authorized by and serves as an organizational unit of the Massachusetts 4-H Program. Massachusetts 4-H volunteers also serve on collaborative boards of separate 501c3 organizations such as 4-H camps, who are granted the use of the 4-H name and emblem by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the University of Massachusetts Extension Director.
Local Advisory Councils assist the 4-H Extension Educator, in part, by:
- Serving as a communication channel and link between local volunteers, the 4-H Educator, and the Massachusetts 4-H program.
- Promoting the 4-H program and recruiting volunteers.
- Establishing committees to carry out program activities.
- Raising and managing funds to support local 4-H programs or events.
- Assisting in local and statewide volunteer recognition programs.
- Building support and recognition for the Massachusetts 4-H program with local and state business and community governance representatives.
Local Program Councils, such as Horse Councils, assist the 4-H Educator by planning and conducting educational events and activities for the members. They also raise funds to support the program.
Many dedicated 4-H volunteers who have experience with the range of 4-H programs and activities currently serve on 4-H boards or advisories. All 4-H Board members must successfully complete the Massachusetts 4-H screening procedure prior to serving as board members. New volunteers are always welcome!
Please consider joining an Advisory or Program Council if you have:
- Public relations skills.
- Multi-cultural background.
- Fundraising or financial management experience.
- Non-profit business skills.
- Local, regional, national network of contacts.
- Experience with or interest in youth development organizations.
Consider becoming a Massachusetts 4-H board volunteer today!
Contact your 4-H Educator for further information.