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--including becoming a master gardener. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.


Volunteers Needed for Family & Consumer Science Program

The Newport News office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences is interested in obtaining passionate individuals that want to hone their skills while working with the diverse residents of Newport News and Hampton.  Volunteers are needed in the area of family financial management, youth nutrition and money smart, campaign coordinator support, volunteer coordinator support, senior educators (older adults), GED tutors for adult and youth.

Comprehensive training takes candidates from entry level to experienced educators, mentors, budget counselors, and other dynamic positions.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend various training, join networking groups, build community partnerships, attend resource fairs, conduct community and internal trainings, and much more.

*Master Financial Education Volunteers (call for fee amount)

*Master Food Volunteers (call for fee amount)

*Marketing and Administrative support volunteers

*Spanish Speaking Volunteers

*Registration cost include: the price of comprehensive educational manuals and CD's, tote bags, aprons for Master Food Volunteers only, food used in class demonstrations for Master Food Volunteers only, name badge or button.  Please contact Sonja Mitchell at 757-591-4838 if interested.


Volunteers Needed for the Newport News Master Gardeners Association

We will be training potential 2020 Peninsula Master Gardener interns for the "Day Class" from September to November on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to noon plus 3 selected Saturday mornings. 

For those who want to take the Peninsula Master Gardener "Night Class", we will teach those from August to November on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm plus 3 selected Saturday mornings.  For the "Night Class" students, additional online preparation supplements these classes.

All Master Gardener Interns will be required to volunteer 50 hours in their first year and then 20 volunteer hours (plus 8 continuing education hours) in subsequents years.

Please contact us for the 2020 season.

Contact us at VCE or NNMGA (Newport News Master Gardener Association) for a copy of the application. The total fee in 2019 was $150 to be made payable to the Newport News Master Gardeners c/o VCE-Newport News if you live in Newport News.

If you live outside of Newport News, please feel free to call us at 757-591-4838 for guidance on where to apply and mail the fee for 2020. 

Applications for 2020 will be available in April 2020 and will be due by July 1, 2020.


Please call us at 757-591-4838 for further details on any of these programs.