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Volunteer for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County

4-H Volunteer
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Dr. Heiber judging at the Putnam County Fair

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

MG Volunteers
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CCE PC Master Gardener Volunteers


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

Share a craft or a special skill with young people and help lead a 4-H Club. Individuals with knowledge of agriculture, plant science, and textile/clothing construction are always welcome, but if you have a different expertise you'd like to share, please contact Dena Altavilla @ dla25@cornell.edu to talk about your ideas! Orientation for new leaders and volunteers is provided on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

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.

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. Leadership and volunteer opportunities for teens.

Last updated August 14, 2020