Million Dollar Volunteers

Master Food Preservers Lisa Christy and Mary DeFerrari teach others to safely preserve food.
Master Food Preservers Lisa Christy and Mary DeFerrari teach others to safely preserve food.
Nutrition volunteer Doug Schoonmaker helps young cooks learn how to cook and enjoy green vegetables.
Nutrition volunteer Doug Schoonmaker helps young cooks learn how to cook and enjoy green vegetables.

OSU Extension volunteers give $1 million in time to Marion County community

By Mary Stewart, OSU Extension Service

If you have ever pondered a gardening question, had a child learn how to eat right and stay fit in 4-H or sought a solution to a farming problem, chances are you benefited from educational programs of the OSU Extension Service.

Many of Extension’s educational programs in 4-H, farming, forestry, community horticulture, family health and nutrition are delivered by a corps of 708 volunteers who have been intensively trained by Marion County Extension faculty. In 2014, those volunteers gave 56,000 hours of teaching and service to Marion County residents.

At the state value of $20 per hour, Marion County Extension volunteers contribute time worth more than $1.1 million. Together, these volunteers represent the equivalent of nearly 27 full-time employees.

“Volunteers add greatly to the effectiveness of Extension services and allow us to expand our program outreach in Marion County,” says Derek Godwin, Regional Administrator for the OSU Extension Service.

Most of the volunteer hours are given by 562 4-H volunteers who provide 38,630 hours of their time at a value of $772,600. In addition, 102 Master Gardener volunteers contribute 16,063 hours at a value of $321,260; 12 Master Woodland Managers volunteer 120 hours at a value of $2,400 and 20 Master Food Preservers contribute 430 hours at a value of $8,600. Some 12 general volunteers round out the action by giving 860 hours of time at a value of $17,200.

New volunteers are always needed. For more information about volunteering, contact the Marion County Extension office at 503-588-5301 or visit the website: extension.oregonstate.edu/marion.

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, familial or parental status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, reprisal, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. Oregon State University Extension Service is an AA/EOE/Veterans/Disabled." 

Photos: Mary Stewart

Share this