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.

Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Volunteers – Please visit www.easternshoremastergardeners.com for more information.

Accomack County Extension Leadership Council

The mission of the Extension Leadership Council (ELC) is to develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution of identified issues and concerns. In order to achieve this mission, Extension staff and volunteer members of the ELC work as equal partners.

The Accomack County Extension Leadership Council meets on a quarterly basis, usually the second Tuesday of March, June, September and December. The council is composed of a diverse group of collaborators and volunteers representing the three Extension program areas of Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H. Council members serve a two-year term. Some of the key roles and functions of the Extension Leadership Council are as follows:

• Be an advocate for Extension and its programs.
• Identify community problems, issues, and concerns which Extension can and should address, and prioritize according to need and available resources.
• Assess current programs and activities of Extension.
• Identify other community agencies/organizations that are concerned and working with some of the identified needs and look for opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

If you would like additional information on the Accomack ELC, please contact the Accomack Extension Office at 757-787-1361, ext. 10.

4-H Adult Volunteers

Does it excite you to see youth motivated about learning and doing? Do you think it might be fun to help a group of young people learn about your special interest topic or area of expertise? If making a difference in the life of a young person appeals to you, become a 4-H volunteer leader.

4-H provides a variety of educational learning opportunities and experiences for youth 9 through 18 years of age. In addition, Cloverbud 4-H groups are designed for youth 5 through 8 years of age. Leadership, citizenship and life skills are taught through learn-by-doing projects, in local 4-H club programs, at 4-H camps, as well as at county, district, state and national events.

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H club volunteer or adult chaperone at 4-H camp or other events, please contact the Accomack Extension Office at 757-787-1361, ext. 10.