Volunteers: A Valuable Asset Volunteers help Extension: Reach more people in Texas Ensure that our programs are relevant Deliver Extension education Interpret the value of Extension to others
Volunteers: A Powerful Force 2009 Texas AgriLife Extension Volunteer Statistics: 104,672 volunteers statewide Total number of hours given: 4,058,422 This is an average of almost 40 hours per person in 2009
Volunteers: A Powerful Force 2009 Texas AgriLife Extension Volunteer Statistics: The dollar value of the volunteer time given = $83,183,053.40 (figured using the value of volunteer time given by the Independent Sector, currently $21.47/hour) Contributions of Extension volunteers equal ~ 2,140 FTEs (full-time equivalents)
Volunteers: A Powerful Force 2009 Texas AgriLife Extension Volunteer Statistics: 18,639 volunteers helped teach and lead educational programs, reaching 3,023,932 Texans.
Without volunteers, our Extension programs will never reach their true potential.
It’s All In Our Attitude! If our view of working with Extension volunteers is a negative one, we will never fully utilize volunteers. If we never fully utilize volunteers, our programs will not have positive outcomes. Weak outcomes means not having an impact. Not having a true impact leads to becoming irrelevant. Irrelevancy is a great reason to downsize or do away with our organization.
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers have credibility because they are unsalaried.
Benefits of having Volunteers Receiving assistance from a volunteer (rather than from an employee) makes a difference to the recipient.
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers are insider/outsiders
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers extend our sphere of influence
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers are valuable as objective policy or program makers/creators.
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers bring the luxury of focus
Benefits of having Volunteers Volunteers are more free to criticize
Volunteers feel less pressure and stress Benefits of having Volunteers
Volunteers are always “private citizens.” Benefits of having Volunteers
Volunteers can experiment. Benefits of having Volunteers
Volunteers extend our budget. Benefits of having Volunteers
Volunteers offer Extension unlimited potential. They are gold. If, and how, we discover and capitalize on that gold is up to us!
Presentation References Burkham, Angela & Boleman, Chris. 2005. Volunteer Administration in the 21 st Century: Roles Volunteers Play in Extension. Texas AgriLife Extension Publication (D-1451). Ellis, Susan J. 1999. From The Top Down: The Executive Role in Volunteer Program Success. Energize, Inc. Philadelphia, PA