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 ($15 registration fee)

*Master Food Volunteers ($65 registration fee)

*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 Lanette Kelly at or 757-591-4838 if interested.

Volunteers Needed for the Newport News Master Gardeners Association

We will be training potential 2018 Peninsula Master Gardener interns for the "Day Class" from September 4th to November 14th 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 "Hybrid Class" (the night version of the day class), we will teach those from August 15th to November 14th on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm plus 3 selected Saturday morningsFor the "Hybrid Class" students, additional online preparation supplements these classes.

Contact us at VCE or NNMGA (Newport News Master Gardener Association) for a copy of the application. The total fee this year is $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.

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