The mission of Illinois Extension is to serve the residents of Illinois as we work collaboratively to enhance quality of life for families and economic resilience and vitality for our businesses and communities. This work isn't possible without an army of passionate, dedicated volunteers who generously give of their time and talent. From developing curriculum units to working with kids on 4-H projects, and from mentoring families on personal finances to identifying pesky weeds, volunteers play an essential role within Extension. 

Take a few moments to explore our program areas. If you're interested in finding a way to plug into any of these programs, please complete the volunteer application at the bottom of the page and we'll get you connected with the right staff to have a next-level conversation.

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Master Gardeners

Become an expert and a resource for your community with Extension’s premier certification and service program.

Master Naturalists

Receive advanced training about Illinois natural resources and help interpret and steward Illinois natural areas.

4-H Youth Development

Make a difference for youth in your community by serving as a 4-H volunteer.

Money Mentors

Trained volunteers work one-on-one with individuals who request help with personal money management.