Thank You to N.C. Cooperative Extension in Durham County Volunteers!

— Written By Christa Gibson
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Each year, thousands of volunteers in North Carolina donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during the 47th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 18–24, 2021.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers. In 2020 over 1,000 volunteers with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center volunteered 9,692 hours achieving 7,272 client contacts. Their estimated value in service was $246,469.

“We are fortunate to have so many volunteers, both youth and adult, who serve in a variety of capacities helping to extend the research-based knowledge of Cooperative Extension in partnership with our community,” said Donna Rewalt, Durham County Extension Director.

Volunteers spend numerous hours working on tasks, such as helping a 4-H youth with a 4-H project, leading a project to serve the community, or helping organize a county-wide farm day.

“In 2020 our volunteers were extra motivated to help others impacted by the pandemic,” shared Erin Matoko, Volunteer Services Coordinator for N.C. Cooperative Extension in Durham County. “They’ve sewn masks, grown food for neighbors in need, delivered groceries- they’ve all just pitched in!”

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Extension program, including determining the needs of the local community, planning and implementing programs to address these needs, securing resources, and evaluating programs. The work of Extension volunteers is continuous. Every day volunteers lend a helping hand to make Extension programs more beneficial to the residents of Durham County.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and local governments statewide. Extension professionals in all 100 counties, and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, connect millions of North Carolinians with research-based information and technology from the universities. Educational programs specialize in agriculture, food and nutrition, 4-H youth development, community development, and the environment.

For more information on volunteer service with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Durham County, contact Erin Matoko, Volunteer Services Coordinator in Durham County at at (919) 560-7340. To find out more about N.C. Cooperative Extension in Durham County or register for events, contact (919) 560-0525 or visit our website.a woman volunteer sorting baby clothes