The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework and direction to staff and volunteers engaged in volunteerism with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES). The procedures in this policy are intended to apply to staff and volunteers in the 4-H program. Volunteers in other program areas should follow similar principles and guidelines. In addition, these guidelines apply to local, parish, region, and state level volunteer committees and boards, which are working on behalf of the LCES. The policy is designed to reduce volunteer risk and protect the interests of the LCES and the LSU Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter), its volunteers and the communities it serves.
Volunteers will continue to be a critical and viable component of outreach efforts of the LCES and an understanding of this policy, as well as effective management of program volunteers, is critical to reaching a more diverse, ever-changing clientele.