Virginia Cooperative Extension Celebrates National Volunteer Week

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Provided by Prince William County

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) in Prince William celebrates National Volunteer Week by honoring the many local volunteers who serve as trained educators in the community. National Volunteer Week is April 18 to 24 this year.

Volunteers assist local extension agents and VCE staff to extend research-based information from the land grant universities—Virginia Tech and Virginia State—on protecting the environment, parent education, nutrition, financial education and housing counseling, and 4-H youth development. Each of those volunteers enroll annually and participate in hands-on, face to face and virtual training, service activities, and continuing education that supports educational programs that strengthen families and protect the environment.

In FY20, 774 VCE-Prince William Volunteers, including Master Gardeners, Master Financial Educators, Parent Education Facilitators, and 4-H adult and youth volunteers gave 30,590 hours in support of local programs. This equates to an additional 15.68 full time staff and is valued at $834,189 ($27.20/hour, at the 2020 independent sector volunteer rate). With the help of staff and volunteers, over 19,466 citizens in the Greater Prince William area were served though VCE educational programs and services.
Each year, VCE selects 12 volunteers to honor as “Volunteer of the Month” for the local unit. More about those 12 volunteers and the work they have done is posted on the VCE website this month. Also, see the Volunteer Opportunities link for information on how to become a VCE Volunteer. Visit pwcgov.org/vce for more information.
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