Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.

There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.

We Want to Hear From You!

Virginia Cooperative Extension is interested in listening to your ideas on local issues and needs that VCE could address. Your input is valuable to us, as it helps us stay in touch with the pulse of the community. We are always striving to keep our educational programs relevant to the needs of our citizens. We invite you to contact any of our Extension Agents or any member of the Suffolk Extension Leadership Council to share your ideas.

City of Suffolk Extension Leadership Council

Virginia Cooperative Extension values citizen involvement in determining delivering and evaluating our educational programs. One of the most important ways is by involving citizens as members of our Extension Leadership Council. The mission of the ELC is to advance and promote the local educational programs of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

We strive to have an ELC membership that reflects the make-up of the population of the City of Suffolk. ELC members can be individuals with varying degrees of familiarity with and usage of Extension programs. If you are interested in learning more about how you can become involved with the Extension Leadership Council, contact our Extension office.

4-H Volunteers

4-H is committed by assisting youth, and those adults working with them, in acquiring the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is “learn by doing.” 4-H is characterized as being community centered, volunteer led, extension staff supervised, research based, home and family oriented, publicly and privately funded and responsive to change. If you want to learn how you can be involved as a 4-H volunteer, contact our 4-H Agent at (757) 514-4337.

City of Suffolk Master Gardener Volunteers

Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers with Extension dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management educational programs.

Becoming a Master Gardener will provide unlimited opportunity to increase your horticultural knowledge and experience through fun and exciting activities. Secure your place in our next training class by calling our Extension office at (757) 514-4331.