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Volunteer for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County

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Rich & Anthony, Master Gardener Volunteers @ 2018 Fair Plant Sale

MG Volunteers
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CCE PC Master Gardener Volunteers @ 2019 Plant Sale

Volunteer 4-H (stock photo National 4-H)



Volunteers are the backbone of the work that Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County does in the community. Please consider sharing your time and talents with us through the volunteer opportunities listed below. We follow the volunteer procedures set forth by Cornell University.

4-H Club Leaders

We are always looking for new 4-H club leaders and volunteers. If you're interested in getting involved and would like to learn more, visit our 4-H page and reach out to the contact listed!

Agriculture Literacy Week

Every year we dedicate one week in the Spring to read to elementary school students about the importance of agriculture! Our volunteers participate in school districts and classrooms all throughout the county. Click here to learn more about this program and reach out to us if you're interested in this special opportunity!

Putnam County Fair 

Volunteer at the Annual Putnam County Fair, held the last weekend of July, by judging exhibits, greeting fairgoers at the welcome booth, helping children make crafts and play games, and a variety of other opportunities. Unfortunately due to COVID, CCEPC did have to cancel the Putnam County 4-H Fair in 2020 and 2021. As a result, all parties will be re-evaluating how the Putnam County 4-H Fair may look in the future.

Master Gardeners

Training is offered in alternate years; call for information. The Master Gardener program, offered throughout the U.S. and Canada, provides avid gardeners with many hours of intensive home horticulture training. In return, they share their knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening with others by volunteering to assist with garden lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, research, and many other projects. Master Gardener Volunteers at Putnam County answer gardening questions for callers. 

Youth Volunteer

This position is for teen 4-H members with an interest in leadership development within the 4-H program. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, mentoring younger 4-H members, serving on the 4-H committees, volunteering at Putnam County Fair. Developing leadership and fostering responsibility are two fundamental components of this position.

Last updated June 30, 2021