Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources into a much greater impact for the people of Virginia.

There are many ways you can get involved with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.

Bath County Extension Leadership Council (ELC)

The Extension Leadership Council membership serves as a good sounding board to Extension.  The includes identifying Bath issues that Extension can help to address, evaluate current Extension programming, define and obtain needed resources, advocate for Extension, design and implement a relevant plan of work, speak out for Extension at public meetings, and recruit volunteers.

Currently the council meets twice annually or when meetings are called.  Most of the ELC members are in contact with the Extension staff at various times throughout the year and give input as needed.  The members are encouraged to be the "eyes and ears" of their communities so that concerns and ideas can be addressed.

4-H Volunteers

4-H is a youth development organization committed to assisting youth and the adults who work with them in acquiring the leadership abilities, life skills, and attitudes that will help them to become self-directing, productive members of society.  Through hands-on learning activities and programs, 4-H provides youth with opportunities to "learn by doing."  This is a volunteer-led, community-centered, and family-oriented program that is supervised by a trained youth development professional or extension agent.  If you are interested in helping to "Make The Best Better," please contact the Bath County Extension Office at 540-839-7261 or by emailing Kari Sponaugle, Associate Extension Agent at karis@vt.edu .