Get Involved

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.

Extension Leadership Council (ELC)

Extension Leadership Council 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 Drexel Pierce, Jr., Unit Coordinator at 434-348-4223.

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are horticulture volunteers with Cooperative Extension dedicated to working with the community. All interested individuals must attend at least 50 hours of classroom instruction and then contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service conducting VCE horticulture-based, education programs. These initial 100 hours must be completed in one year. At the end of the year, they have earned the title of VCE Master Gardener.

Activities include workshops for the public, providing information at local events and through contacts, youth programs, and continuing education

For more information on becoming a Master Gardener, contact Sara Rutherford at 434-348-4223.