Ohio State University Extension is looking for community members who have skills, knowledge, and interest in nutrition, money management, parenting and other areas related to Family and Consumer Sciences. Individuals will receive training in evidence-based programs and science-backed practices.
In this inaugural year, there will be 2 levels of volunteers: Advocate and Promoter.
- An Advocate will work with legislators and stakeholders to advocate for the support of Family and Consumer Sciences programs and to ensure that they are appropriately funded. This could also involve serving on Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension committees. One type of committee that is particularly important is an Extension Advisory Committee. These committees are active at both the state and local levels to help keep Extension programming relevant. They also help county and state Extension programs set priorities to be certain they are meeting the needs of the people.
- Promoters become involved in public awareness campaigns and marketing programs to the public. They may participate in the set-up and operation of display tables or information booths at educational events like health fairs or field days. These volunteers are generally skilled in organizing and assisting with complex projects featuring multiple materials, steps, and processes.
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to contact your local OSU Extension office for an application. The application will contain all the information needed about the type of volunteer you would like to be – including job descriptions, time involved, and training. You can also visit fcs.osu.edu/programs/volunteer for more information.