Vermilion County 4-H

Vermilion County 4-H

4-H Volunteer Screening Information

Welcome! The 4-H Youth Development program is pleased that you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer. We appreciate your interest and look forward to your involvement. The purpose of this process is to help you know more about 4-H and to help us know more about you. It is a necessary step in providing protection for youth and volunteers. 


The first step in becoming a potential 4-H volunteer is setting up a volunteer interview with Kristin Block, Vermilion County 4-H Program Coordinator. She can be reached at or by calling 217.442.8615. University of Illinois Extension requires all volunteers who work with youth to complete a volunteer application and agree to the following:

·         A conviction information name check through the Illinois State Police, as well as a check of their registered sex offender’s website.

·         A child abuse and neglect tracking system check through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

·         Three reference checks – one from a family member, one from a work/volunteer relationship, and one personal character.


In completing the volunteer application please be sure to do the following:

·         Put complete addresses (including zip codes) of all references on the form.

·         Notify your references they will be receiving a form to complete and encourage them to return it as soon as possible.


After the application has been cleared through the Illinois State Police, DCFS, and the reference forms have been returned, you will receive a letter indicating your status as an Extension/4-H volunteer. This process can take 2 to 3 weeks or as long as 6 to 8 weeks – we appreciate your patience in completing this process. Please note -- getting reference forms back to our office is the MAJOR delay in completing the approval process. Please follow-up with your references and call our office to find out the status of your application. 


Thanks again for your interest in volunteering with 4-H Youth Development programs.