Section 4.11 Volunteers

Volunteer Philosophy

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension engages volunteers through educational experiences that extend the reach of our programs to strengthen local communities. We believe volunteers deserve to be treated with respect, matched with a relevant assignment, provided with high-quality training, and recognized in meaningful ways. In return, volunteers will learn new skills, celebrate their own personal development, and be inspired to share their time, talent, and wisdom within the area they have been trained.

Definition of a Volunteer

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension “volunteer” is anyone who without “taxable compensation” performs a task at the direction of a staff member and on behalf of Extension. Unless specifically stated, volunteers shall not be considered as “employees” of Extension and are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

Extension “volunteers” must be:

  1. enrolled or registered,
  2. provided with orientation and/or training, and
  3. engaged in projects or assigned duties that are approved by an Extension staff member.

What Can Volunteers Expect?

Volunteering for UMaine Cooperative Extension is a privilege and not a right. However, volunteers can expect the following when engaged as a volunteer in one of our programs:

  • orientation and training
  • clear, appropriate assignments
  • clear communication, supervision and support from Extension staff
  • recognition of contribution
  • time put to best use
  • opportunity to participate based on the parameters of the volunteer role description

For additional information, visit the Policy Manual for UMaine Extension Staff Who Work With Volunteers page.