Friday, April 11, 2014

VCE National Volunteer Week Publication‏

CONTACT:
Paige Thacker 
703-792-4671
pthacker@pwcgov.org

“Celebrate Service” of Virginia Cooperative Extension Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, MANASSAS AND MANASSAS PARK, Va., April 6, 2014 – Virginia Cooperative Extension will “Celebrate Service” of volunteers who improve the lives of Prince William County, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park citizens through National Volunteer Week, April 6 to 12.  “Celebrate Service,” the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the meaning of this signature week: honoring the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. 

In 2013, 1294 volunteers of Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Unit gave a total of 60,828 hours in support of educational programs that strengthen families and protect our environment. The effort of our volunteers is the equivalent of 29 full time staff people.  We recognize our volunteers have chosen to make a difference in individuals’ lives that provides a public value to our community. We are grateful for their support!

Virginia Cooperative Extension engaged nearly 40,000 volunteers that provided more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service in the Commonwealth during 2013. Virginia Cooperative Extension offers several Master Volunteer programs that provide training opportunities in gardening and horticulture; food, nutrition, and safety; natural resources management; water supply systems; financial management; and energy conservation.  More than 13,000 adult and youth volunteers served over 185,000 youth ages 5 to 19 in hands-on educational programs designed to build leadership, citizenship and life skills in Virginia 4-H, the youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

 “The tremendous difference Virginia Cooperative Extension has made in the lives of Virginians over the past 100 years has been due in large measure to the contributions of
the many dedicated and tireless volunteers,” said Dr. Ed Jones, Associate Dean and Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension (http://www.ext.vt.edu/).  “National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate this contribution and to say thank you.”

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light and sponsored by Advil® as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

For information about Virginia Cooperative Extension or National Volunteer Week activities in the Greater Prince William region, contact Paige Thacker at pthacker@pwcgov.org or 703-792-4671.

About Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Cooperative Extension (www.ext.vt.edu/) brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based agents, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today. In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people.
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