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Volunteers are important to our programs!


Volunteers are very important to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Over 1200 individuals volunteer their time to a variety of Extension activities, contributing over 73,000 hours each year!

Through duties as diverse as teaching others to prune trees or make compost, answering callers' questions on consumer or gardening issues, mentoring young people as they acquire new skills, or serving as board members or on committees that guide our work, volunteers represent Extension's far-reaching roots in our community.

Ongoing opportunities appear below, with contact names for additional information. Some programs may require specialized training to participate; upcoming training dates are listed where known.

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Prospective volunteers complete an application form In addition, those who volunteer to work with vulnerable populations (children, individuals with disabilities, etc.) will be asked to consent to a criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs.

Master Gardener Programs

They are volunteer men and women trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the science and art of gardening, as part of a nation-wide education and service program. Members of the upstate community, they take an interest in gardens, landscape, and the environment at large. Master Gardeners are willing to learn and share their knowledge and experience with others. Contact the Horticulture Program Coordinator at 585-753-2558 for more information.

4-H Youth Programs

4-H offers youth aged 5-19 from throughout Monroe County a variety of special interest clubs, afterschool programs, short-term enrichment offerings, a public speaking program, Environmental Appreciation Days, and summer programs. There are many short- and long-term opportunities for volunteer involvement, depending upon the skills you care to share and the time you wish to commit to volunteering.

  • 4-H Club & Fair Programs
    Share a craft or a special skill with young people, help lead a 4-H Club, or spend a day as an evaluator for 4-H Fair or public speaking competitions. Individuals with knowledge of agriculture, plant science, animal husbandry, entomology, and textile/clothing construction are always welcome, but if you have a different expertise you'd like to share, please contact monroe4H@cornell.edu to talk about your ideas! Orientation for new leaders and volunteers is provided on an ongoing basis throughout the year. 

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for additional volunteer opportunities?  What are you passionate about?  Do you have a skill that you'd like to share with others?  Opportunities ABOUND in and around CCE-MC!  Consider volunteering with our Agriculture program team helping to promote agri-tourism and food access.  Or how about lending your administrative skills to support the behind the scenes functions of a not for profit organization?  Are you an organizer or a planner?  You can assist with fundraising and Association wide events!  The options are endless...just give us a call!  We VALUE our Volunteers!

Last updated June 22, 2022