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Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!


Volunteer. Connect. Thrive.

Uncover your potential, make a difference in your community, change lives – change the future… Become an Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension Volunteer.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Our mission is to provide relevant, accessible, research-based information to grow confident youth and successful farms & gardens for a strong and healthy Orleans community. We could not accomplish our mission without you!

Volunteers serve as an extension of OCCCE and Cornell University to improve the quality of life in Orleans County. Our volunteers are talented, knowledgeable, and dedicated individuals who serve in a wide variety of roles and are positive role models in our community.

We currently are looking for volunteers to serve as:

  • 4-H club & project leaders
  • master gardeners
  • master food preservers
  • educational workshop presenters
  • events & Fair assistants
  • committee & Board members
  • grounds & maintenance assistants

If you would like to learn more about roles in 4-H or fair, contact Robert Batt. If you’re interested in volunteering through the Master Gardener or Master Food Preserver programs, contact Katie Oakes. Please direct inquiries about committee/board or grounds/maintenance opportunities to Jennifer Wagester. They can be reached at 585-798-4265 or orleans@cornell.edu.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication to the Orleans community! Click the 2021 New Volunteer Application Packet (PDF) for application materials for new volunteers, which includes a volunteer agreement and code of conduct along with a background check authorization form. These forms ensure that we are following the policies and procedures set forth by our Board of Directors and Cornell University, and they assist our staff with supporting you in your volunteer role. If at any time you have questions about becoming a volunteer, or completing the application materials, please contact our office at 585-798-4265 and a staff member will assist you.

Role of a program advisory committee

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County provides equal program and opportunities. No person shall be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or qualified disability.

Last updated April 21, 2023