In 2013, 1294 volunteers for the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Prince William County logged a total of 60,828 hours of service teaching classes in parenting, gardening, financial education, commercial landscaping and nutrition, among other things in the County.
Paige Thacker, the Prince William Extension Agent, said the going rate for instructors for those classes would be about $22. Figuring those hours, the work of the volunteers at that rate saved millions of dollars. “The volunteer component certainly leverages all of the other funding that we get.”
Thacker said the effort of the volunteers is equivalent to 29 full-time workers. “It’s just an amazing number. We’re very fortunate that volunteers are willing to give back to the community.”
April 6 through 12 is National Volunteer Week with a theme of “Celebrate Service,” which Thacker said captures the meaning of honoring the “people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.”
In all, the Virginia Cooperative Extension engaged 40,000 volunteers, providing more than 1.5 million hours of service across the commonwealth in 2013.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the County and giving back to the community, visit the website
. A list of all volunteer opportunities throughout the organization is available.