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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.
Family Community Education Program (FCE)
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.
Family Food Education (FFE) Volunteers
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 Family Food Education (FFE) volunteer program (previously known as Master Food Preservers) was launched in 1980 to support county food safety/preservation programing. The program has now been enhanced to include nutrition education. FFE Volunteers assist OSU Extension efforts at emergency food sites (food pantries) and in schools.
In 2012, 374 new and veteran Master Food Preserver/Family Food Education volunteers contributed over 23,150 hours of time in these counties: Central Oregon (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson), Clackamas, Coos/Curry, Douglas, Jackson/Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn/Benton, Washington, and Wasco/Hood River. 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 32,235 contacts were made. Of these, over 3,425 callers received assistance from the Food Safety/Preservation Hotline which operated with volunteer assistance during the food preservation season.
For information on FFE volunteer opportunitiesin your area contact your local County Extension office.
OSU Faculty Resources for Volunteers
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.