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.
Alleghany County Cooperative Extension does not determine in isolation the needs of communities, nor does it implement solutions to those needs on its own. Instead, Extension facilitates an approach to education that involves the community in the identification of their own needs and the implementation of solutions. The primary means for Extension to facilitate community involvement in Extension education is through a representative group know as the Alleghany County Extension Leadership Council (ELC).
Volunteer leaders assist county 4-H Extension Agents by providing direct leadership and educational support to youth in local communities. Virginia Cooperative Extension employed staff and volunteers together provide learn-by-doing educational projects and activities in a large variety of 4-H subject matter areas. The mission of 4-H is to develop youth and adults working with those youth to realize their full potential - becoming effective, contributing citizens through participation in research-based, informal, hands-on educational experiences.