Volunteerism

Master Gardener Volunteers distributing fresh produce to hungry Mainers; photo by Edwin Remsberg

CORE COMPETENCIES

At the end of this session you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The mission, program breadth and funding sources of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension

  • How and where the Master Gardener Volunteers program originated

  • Maine Master Gardener Volunteers Program policies

  • The “hows” and “whys” of reporting volunteer hours and activities

  • The process and requirements of annual re-enrollment

  • Tips for effective communication with fellow volunteers, clients, and Extension office staff

  • How to minimize risk when working with youth, elderly and other vulnerable populations (VOLT training principles)

  • Potential Master Gardener Volunteer projects in your area


SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

Master Gardener Volunteer Program Policy

UMaine Extension Videos

UMaine Extension Forms

MGV Background Check Information

UMaine Extension County Websites


PRACTICAL SKILLS GAINED AND STRENGTHENED

  • Be able to identify relevant technical and administrative resources that support you in service to your community.  These resources include faculty, office staff, labs, UMaine and nationwide Extension websites aka .edu sites, etc.

  • Be able to better network and reach out to all community members