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Resource Roundup: Recruiting Training and Leading Volunteers in Extension Programs


April is a month for volunteering- the entire month is National Volunteer Month! National Volunteer Month  celebrates the power of volunteers, and it's a great time to evaluate and strengthen your Volunteer recruitment, training, and management in your Extension programs!

Volunteers are an extremely valuable asset to Extension. They allow for further reach in communities and provide a community member's perspective and credibility to an Extension program or project.

As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we want to highlight why it is important for Extension Professionals to become good at leading volunteers, and how you can have a successful volunteer program.
elow we rounded up over 40 resources specifically for Extension Professionals including guides and tips for recruiting, engaging, training, and communicating to help mobilize and organize a volunteer base. Having a plan for your volunteers will help them be successful in their positions to help grow Extension's capacity in your area! Take a look and add any of your Extension resources and read this post with tips to show appreciation to your volunteers!

Resource Round-Up

Recruiting Volunteers:

Training Volunteers:

Leading and Supporting Volunteers:


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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. 

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