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Engaging Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers in meaningful discussion about volunteering, outreach and community.

How will you complete your hours this year?

Extension recruits MGEVs to increase outreach to Georgia communities. MGEVs have a passion for plants and people that inspires and energizes Extension programming. MGEVs also have many connections to the community that, when multiplied by the number of MGEVs, greatly expand Extension’s spheres of influence. To complete your training, you are asked to volunteer 50 hours on approved Extension projects within a year. Here are a few tips for a successful and rewarding experience:

  • Take time to explore the projects that are being conducted locally. There is a project list within MGLOG that includes the MGEV in charge of the project. Find out what projects align with your skills and/or interests.
  • Consider volunteering on several different projects. You’ll most likely meet and get to know more MGEVs by volunteering on multiple projects. Larger projects may offer more hours for volunteering, while smaller projects offer defined times, locations, and tasks.
  • Find a buddy. Having a partner with whom you volunteer, such as a classmate or a mentor, could make you more comfortable when volunteering on a project. You can encourage each other, ask questions, and share the experience.
  • Set goals and monitor progress. It seems like a year is plenty of time to complete 50 hours of service, but it can slip past you! Consider setting goals, such as completing 10 hours by May 1, 20 hours in June, or even 3 hours this week. Then, find volunteer opportunities that help you meet that goal.

If you are a veteran MGEV aiming to complete the 25-hour requirement, you may find these tips helpful, also. If you have other ideas, share them with us!

Remember that your Agent or Coordinator is there for support. If you have questions or concerns, give them a call or send them an email. They’ll be glad to help!

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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.