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How are you Showing Appreciation for Volunteers?


Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? National Volunteer Month celebrates the power of volunteers, and it is a great time for you to show appreciation for the volunteers in your Extension programs!

Volunteers are a valuable asset to Extension. Programs depend on reliable volunteers to increase the reach and capacity of Cooperative Extension in a county or state. Ensuring volunteers feel valued, keeping them motivated, and recognizing their efforts are key to developing and sustaining a strong volunteer base. This month is the perfect time to acknowledge the great contributions volunteers make to help support Extension programs.

With help from Michigan State Extension, we highlighted resources with tips and suggestions for Extension Professionals to use this month and beyond to show thanks to all the volunteers! Check out the links below and let us know how you'll be showing your volunteer appreciation:

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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