Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.
There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.
Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council
Gloucester County Cooperative Extension does not determine in isolation the needs of communities, nor does it implement solutions to those needs on its own. Instead, Extension facilitates an approach to education that involves the community in the identification of their own needs and the implementation of solutions. The primary means for Extension to facilitate community involvement in Extension education is through a representative group know as the Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council (ELC).
Mission of the Extension Leadership Council
To develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution and identified issues and concerns.
Roles and Functions of the ELC
Identify and prioritize issues and programs
Design, develop and implement appropriate programming
Assess and monitor programs and reports results to appropriate groups
Be an advocate for Extension programming.
How to Get Involved
Contact any of the VCE-Gloucester County Office staff at 804-693-2602.
Sandy Riggin-Chair, Bill Walker, Holly Handy, Elizabeth Hayes, Marion Randall, Mo Lynch, Jean Duggan, Jackie Jefferis, Krista Gustafson, Jackie Wilgus, Katina Keener, Janine Wilson, Hunter Richardson-State ELC liaison.
Goals of the Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council
Recruit and recognize Extension volunteers in all program areas.
Increase participation in Extension programs of underserved communities.
Engage in Extension Advocacy.
Quarterly meetings are held. Typically ELC members assist with one Extension program in lieu of meeting during the summer quarter.
4-H works with volunteers to involve both youth and adults in hands on learning experiences. Trained adult 4-H volunteers assist in many different educational venues. Some spend a week at camp with Gloucester youth at Jamestown 4-H Educational Center or lead 4-H clubs which include horse clubs, shooting sports, livestock and other community clubs. Others such assist with delivering the 4-H school enrichment program.
Gloucester Master Gardeners
Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, MGs are volunteer educators within our community who serve the public by assisting local Extension Agents to provide sound and practical gardening information to area property and homeowners. Gloucester Master Gardeners provide horticultural education services to the community thru the weekly hortline, participation at the farmers market, by offering plant clinics, educational programs and conducting youth programming in horticulture in collaboration with 4-H.