WELCOME! The 4-H Youth Development program is pleased that you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer at Unity Community Center. 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.
Unity Volunteer Orientations are held in the Spring and Fall and can be found by looking for "Unity Community Center Volunteer Orientation" on our events page. Please register for one of the orientations, complete the forms below and bring them with you to volunteer orientation night. The 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.
- Verification of a valid driver’s license and current liability insurance card, if you drive as part of your official role as a 4-H volunteer.
- Completion of The Abuse and Neglect Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) training.
After the application has been cleared through the Illinois State Police, DCFS, the reference forms have been returned and an interview has been conducted, you will receive a letter indicating your status as an Extension/4-H volunteer.
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.
Volunteers must be rescreened every five years. The Unity 4-H Program Coordinator will contact you directly for information needed.