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Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission.  We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs insures our success.  The work of volunteers at both the state and local levels helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.

In 2008, Extension volunteers numbered 33,293, and contributed more than 1.1 million hours of service to VCE and the public.

There are many ways you can get involved with us.  Some of them are listed below.  If you would like specific information on a particular volunteer opportunity, please contact the person listed.  If you are interested in volunteering, but not sure in what way, contact your local Extension office.  They will be happy to help you find a way to share your time and talents.

State Extension Leadership Council (VCELC)
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Leadership Council is an advisory group working at the state level to help guide VCE's direction and priorities. Members of the council represent Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and each of the 22 planning districts in Virginia. Contact: Lonnie Johnson, Director, Southeast District, at (804) 527-4251 or
> More about the VCELC.

Local Extension Leadership Councils (ELCs)
Each of VCE's 107 local offices has a leadership council. These groups help keep local programming relevant and responsive to the needs of the community. Representatives bring issues to our attention, and help determine priorities for program efforts. To get involved with your local ELC, contact the Unit Coordinator at your local Extension office
> More about the Local ELC's

4-H Youth Development
Every 4-H program across Virginia benefits from the dedication and service of volunteers.  If you are interested in contributing your time to help further the growth and development of youth in your community, please contact your local Extension office.  If you are interested in serving 4-H at the state level, please contact Cathy Sutphin, associate director, 4-H youth development, at (540) 231-1247, or

Virginia Master Food Volunteers
Master Food Volunteers help support Extension's family and consumer sciences agents through education and outreach efforts. These volunteers are involved in programs related to food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity. If you have an interest in becoming a Master Food Volunteer, contact Melissa Chase, state coordinator for the Master Food Volunteer Program,
> More about Master Food Volunteers

Virginia Master Gardeners
Virginia Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training. If you have an interest in horticulture and like teaching and talking to the public, contact your local Extension office and ask about the Master Gardener program.
> More about Virginia Master Gardeners

Virginia Master Naturalists
The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service. If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, contact your local Extension office.
> More about Virginia Master Naturalists

Virginia Master Well Owner Network (VAMWON)
The VAMWON consists of Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and volunteers trained in the proper design, management, and maintenance of private water supply systems (springs, wells, and cisterns). They organize and conduct county-based drinking water clinics and serve as a local resource for clientele with household water quality concerns. If you are interested in becoming part of the VAMWON, apply on-line.
> More about the Virginia Master Well Owner Network

Program Area Leadership Councils
The Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development program areas have state level advisory councils, with volunteer representatives from across the state.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact:

  • 4-H Leadership Council:  Cathy Sutphin, associate director, 4-H youth development, (540) 231-1247,
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Council: Karen Gehrt, associate director, family and consumer sciences, (540) 231-9347,