COVID-19 MGV Policy

Restart of MGV Volunteer Opportunities – Starting with Maine Harvest for Hunger

The University of Maine System is beginning a state-wide gradual reopening process with new COVID-19 protocols and modifications in place. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are also beginning a gradual restart process, which initially will prioritize Maine Harvest for Hunger. All other in-person Master Gardener Volunteer related activities remain suspended until they have been approved by your MGV Coordinator.

As we restart in-person Maine Harvest for Hunger county programs and projects, all Master Gardener Volunteers who wish to become involved, must complete all Covid-19 Volunteering Requirements as Outlined with this Link, and follow all CDC guidelines and protocols. 

Master Gardener Volunteers who have not met the criteria outlined, or do not wish to volunteer in person may continue to perform volunteer work from their own home or property on projects that have been approved by their MGV Coordinator.

Master Gardener Volunteer trainees who are currently working towards their certification will continue to receive additional time to complete their initial 40 hours of volunteer service. Currently active certified Master Gardener Volunteers will still not be required to complete their annual 20 hours of volunteer service in order to maintain their certification. However, individuals may, with approval, continue to volunteer as they are able. Please report those hours in a timely way so we can track our impact within our communities.

Please check back regularly as this policy is subject to change, as we continue to assess the situation with the Covid-19. Updates will be provided to all active Master Gardener Volunteers and partner organizations as they develop. We ALL must do our best to ensure the utmost safety among our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. 

Note: If things do worsen with Covid-19, we may need to refreeze volunteering outside the home programs and projects.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local county MGV Coordinator. 

Updated: 9/4/2020