Volunteers are a major driving force behind many programs offered by the North Carolina
Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center. Their outreach efforts spread extension
educational programs far beyond what staff could accomplish alone. We are especially
grateful for the dedicated support of our volunteers. Annually, more than 1,250
volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours to our program.
Whatever your skills and time constraints are, there is a place for you. We have
a wide range of volunteer opportunities from educating youth to doing administrative
work to serving on committees to planting and maintaining gardens.
Advisory leaders are a key component of our volunteer force. In Forsyth County,
we rely on more than 240 county advisors to tell us the needs and issues that our
programs should address. Each Cooperative Extension Agent works with an advisory
committee to help plan, implement and evaluate programs. Contact an agent if you
are interested in this volunteer opportunity.
4-H & Youth Programs
There are many different ways to help support the 4-H program, regardless of whether
you have children enrolled in 4-H or not. There are opportunities to work directly
with children, or work 'behind the scenes' with 4-H programs. It all depends on
your interest and talents. Learn more about Forsyth County
4-H Volunteer Opportunities.
Extension & Community Association
The Forsyth County Extension and Community Association is comprised of 16 clubs
and over 250 members. The purpose of this organization is to promote education through
programs that encourage and assist members in achieving higher standards of family
living, homemaking, community service and citizenship. Learn more
about the Forsyth County ECA.
Forsyth Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Forsyth County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) is a program that helps support
horticulture education in Forsyth County. It is a national program of trained volunteers
who work in partnership with the local Cooperative Extension office to extend information
throughout the county. Master Gardener Volunteers provide leadership and service
to their community in gardening activities. If you are interested in the MGV Program,
send us an email.
Arboretum at Tanglewood Park
The Arboretum at Tanglewood is maintained by area volunteers who are led by the
Forsyth County Master Gardeners, working under the direction of the NC Cooperative
Extension Service. Volunteers are needed for environmental education, landscape
gardening and community interaction. For more information, visit
The Gardens at Tanglewood website or
send us an email.
TELEPHONE RECEPTIONIST: Provides information to those calling the client services
line, as well as directing calls to the proper staff and volunteers.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER (on call): Works on folding, mailing, special projects, copying,
SPEAKERS BUREAU (on call): Represent the Cooperative Extension Service by sharing
information with churches, clubs, community events, etc. through public speaking.
EDUCATIONAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS (on call): Throughout the year we have educational
events (Heritage Days, School Days, Farm City, etc.) for various grade levels. We
are always in need of presenters, time keepers, chaperones, photographers and planners.
GARDEN ASSISTANT (on call): Helps citizens install community gardens.