Hancock County Extension Association Member Roles & Responsibilities

Mission of the Hancock County Extension Association:

  • Be an ambassador to the community about Cooperative Extension’s programs in food systems and youth development and its role as the outreach branch of the University of Maine.
  • Support and advise staff regarding programming and operational work.
  • Formulate and help secure annual funding from the county government by working with County Commissioners and County Budget Advisory Committee.
  • Act as stewards to ensure welcoming and well-maintained building and grounds.

 UMaine Cooperative Extension Mission: To help Maine people improve their lives through and educational process that uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs.

Time Commitment:

  • Election of new members and officers is held at our Annual Meeting in September of each year. New members are elected for a 3-year term unless specified otherwise.
  • Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. with the following exceptions:
    • There is no meeting in July or August
    • The November/December meeting is held on the first Thursday of December, with a potluck supper that starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Standing and ad-hoc subcommittees meet on an as-needed basis to assess items such as the budget (finance committee), our facility (building and grounds committee), promotion of our programs and nomination of new members (membership and marketing committee).


  • Become familiar with the staff and programs of the Hancock County Extension Office.
  • Promote the educational programs and impacts of Hancock County Extension to citizens, county commissioners, legislators and other community leaders.
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled monthly meetings.
  • Actively participate on a subcommittee.
  • Oversee and actively participate in the preparation and operation of the Hancock County Extension Office budget and the upkeep of the building.
  • When possible, participate in and help evaluate current Hancock County Extension programs.
  • Help prioritize staffing needs by making recommendations in selecting and hiring staff.
  • Assist Hancock County Extension to reach diverse audiences.


  • Commitment to helping people help themselves through an educational process.
  • Strong commitment to UMaine Cooperative Extension and its educational programs.
  • General knowledge of people’s educational needs and issues in your geographic area.
  • Ability to work as a team member with the full committee and subcommittees.

Resources Available &Training Provided:

  • An orientation is provided.
  • A County Executive Committee binder is provided to each member and is updated as needed.
  • Regular updates about new and continuing programs.
  • Networking with experienced committee members.

Benefits of being a member:

  • Opportunity to participate at the local and state level as a volunteer for UMaine Cooperative Extension.
  • Increased awareness of the broad range of educational programs, literature and online resources available to the public through University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
  • Understand the educational needs of county citizens more fully.
  • Build upon and learn new leadership skills.
  • Opportunity to give back to your community.