Volunteers add greatly to the effectiveness of OSU Extension Services programs and allow us to expand our program outreach. OSU Family and Community Health programs are enriched by volunteers working directly with Extension professionals and aligned volunteer service organizations.
Oregon Association for Family and Community Education is an independent non-profit organization whose history and mission is closely aligned with the OSU Family and Community Health Program. We work collaboratively to develop and deliver community education and service projects addressing important community needs.
The FCE program provides opportunities for people to learn and share information with the community. Each year OSU develops two or three lessons including background and materials for teachers and participants on topics of community importance. These are available for FCE groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model.
For information on FCE and similar community education groups in your area contact your local County Extension office.
With many hours of volunteer assistance, the OSU Extension Service has disseminated research-based information on safe food handling to thousands of Oregonians for 25 years. This has averted foodborne illness (and medical bills) and prevented the expense of food waste.
The Master Food Preserver (MFP) /Family Food Education (FFE) volunteer programs were launched in 1980 to support county food safety/preservation programing. The programs have been enhanced to include nutrition education. MFP and FFE Volunteers assist OSU Extension efforts at emergency food sites (food pantries) and in schools.
In 2013, 460 new and veteran Master Food Preserver/Family Food Education volunteers contributed over 20,845 hours of time in 26 counties, including: Central Oregon (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson), Baker, Clackamas, Coos/Curry, Douglas, Harney, Hood River, Jackson/Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Linn/Benton, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Union, Wallowa, Washington, and Wasco, and Yamhill. They educated the public about safe food handling and preservation over the phone, at workshops, and at exhibits and demonstrations at sites such as farmers' markets and county fairs. Over 46,421 contacts were made by volunteers, faculty and Extension staff, with 2,262 of these from callers receiving assistance from the Food Safety/Preservation Hotline. The Hotline is operated with volunteer assistance during the food preservation and holiday season. In addition, an estimated 188,322 Oregonians were reached by our faculty and volunteers through radio and television broadcasts, social media sites, and newspaper articles related to food safety and food preservation topics.
For information on MFP/FFE volunteer opportunitiesin your area contact your local County Extension office.
Oregon State University and Extension Programs are dedicated to providing safe and healthy learning environments for youth. We have provided some information and forms below related to OSU Volunteers in Extension Programs. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Risk Management (541) 737-7252.