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.

ELC Membership

Sandy Riggin-Chair, Bill Walker, Holly Handy, Elizabeth Hayes, Marion Randall, Mo Lynch, Jean Duggan, Jackie Jefferis, Krista Gustafson, Jackie Wilgus, Katina Keener, Janine Wilson,  Hunter Richardson-State ELC liaison.

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.