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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.

Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council

Gloucester County Cooperative Extension does not determine in isolation the needs of communities, nor does it implement solutions to those needs on its own. Instead, Extension facilitates an approach to education that involves the community in the identification of their own needs and the implementation of solutions. The primary means for Extension to facilitate community involvement in Extension education is through a representative group know as the Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council (ELC).


Mission of the Extension Leadership Council

To develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension's resources toward the resolution and identified issues and concerns.


Roles and Functions of the ELC

  • Identify and prioritize issues and programs
  • Design, develop and implement appropriate programming
  • Assess and monitor programs and reports results to appropriate groups
  • Be an advocate for Extension programming.

How to Get Involved

Contact any of the VCE-Gloucester County Office staff at 804-693-2602.


Goals of the Gloucester County Extension Leadership Council

  • Recruit and recognize Extension volunteers in all program areas.
  • Increase participation in Extension programs of underserved communities.
  • Engage in Extension Advocacy.


Quarterly meetings are held.  Typically ELC members assist with one Extension program in lieu of meeting during the summer quarter.



Gloucester Master Gardeners

Virginia Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who work within their communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management education and training.  As an educational program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Master Gardeners bring the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.

If you are interested in joining the Gloucester Master Gardener program, please contact the extension office for more details.