Get Involved

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. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss available opportunities.


A primary means for the community to be involved in the programming efforts of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is through a representative group known as an Extension Leadership Council (ELC).


The mission of an Extension Leadership Council is to develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension’s resources toward the resolution of identified issues and concerns.


  • An Extension Leadership Council is composed of a diverse group of salaried and volunteer staff.
  • An Extension Leadership Council assumes responsibility not only for identifying the needs and concerns that exist in their planning area, but share a commitment to determining solutions, implementing them, and evaluating and reporting results.
  • Volunteers and Extension staff are equal partners in the process.
  • Volunteer staff may assume major, equal, or secondary responsibilities for the analysis of the planning areas’ situation, the design and implementation of the educational effort, the evaluation and reporting of results, and the renewal or termination of existing programs and activities.
  • Extension Leadership Councils have the right within the context of VCE’s mission to determine what the planning area’s program will be, and to advocate locally, privately, statewide, and federally for funds, staff, and other resources.

Pittsylvania County Extension Leadership Council Members

Chris Anderson, Teresa Cobbs, Leona Glass, Chris Haskins (Chair), Kathleen Kilgore, Connie Mitchell, Timothy Motley, Ann Robinson, Sharon Stokes, Becky Wales (Chair-Elect), Venton Watson, (Co-Chair), Jesse Williams, Susan Worley, Fred Wydner, III

VCE Staff:  Susan Burnett, Stephen Barts, Jamie Stowe, Beverly Vaden, and Julie Weddle

PD 12 State ELC Representative:  David Cundiff



Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MGs) are volunteer education partners with VCE, dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management (SLM).  Through educational programs VCE-MGs provide knowledge and skills to youth and adults in the community. 

The Pittsylvania County Master Gardeners began performing volunteer service in 2007 and are very active.  Their projects include rain barrel education and sales, an annual plant swap, development of a gardening booklet for waiting rooms, and donation of children’s gardening books to local elementary schools. 

For more information about the Master Gardener program or how to become a certified Master Gardener, please contact the local Extension Office.