The "Master Volunteer Concept" is an
outgrowth of the Cooperative Extension Service's tradition of utilizing
The "master" idea
expands on the traditional volunteer role. Interested, dedicated
individuals with some prior experience and knowledge in a specific
area are selected and provided with intense, in-depth training. Upon
the completion of the training there is a commitment by
the volunteer to spend a specified amount of time sharing their enhanced
expertise with others.
The Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction
program is modeled after other Extension master volunteer programs. Our
program, however, has been refined and is tailored to meet the specific
needs and organizational structure in our state. Numerous other state
and national sponsored Master Volunteer programs were reviewed. The program
presented is the outcome of a developmental committee's efforts.
STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION
This is a state interdepartmental program designed to reach both
youth and adult clientele (4-H/Youth, Homemaker Club, and other community
Program policy and operation is state driven and under the direction
of a Steering Committee.
The program is administered through the Cooperative Extension Service
by area contact agents.
The program is managed by the area contact agent and the assistant
contact agent with the help of an area committee.
Although managed by the area contact agent, assistant contact agent
and area committee, the program is made available to any and all
persons. All counties are included in the program effort.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION & SELECTION
Lay-persons with basic knowledge and good skill techniques in clothing
construction may make application for the program.
Application forms may be obtained from and must be returned to
the county Extension office by the designated date established by
county. Applicants will be screened by a county committee and notified
of their application status by letter.
County applicants progress to an area screening.
Each area can select a maximum of two (2) Master Volunteer candidates
to receive training per rotation period. (Length of rotation period
is 2 years.)
VOLUNTEER vs MASTER VOLUNTEER vs CERTIFIED MASTER VOLUNTEER
Can be anyone from the community who has an interest in the topic.
May receive some training in subject matter and teaching skills,
but is rarely indepth or intensive.
Makes no formal commitment to give back information to the community/area.
Has no specific title
Is not necessarily recognized or identified as knowledgeable source
in the subject matter.
Candidate selected for the program based on knowledge background
and people skills.
Receives indepth training in subject matter, record keeping, teaching,
and people-oriented skills.
Makes a written commitment to give back a specific amount of time,
in the area trained, to Extension and the community.
Will become known as a Certified Master Volunteer by the
Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service at the end of the designated
Will be recognized in the community/area as a trained professional
Certified Master Volunteer:
Has successfully completed the 100 service hour payback
in accordance with the MVP program guidelines.
Recognized and approved as a "master" in
the subject matter area by professionals in the field (state subject
Received certificate and name tag verifying completion
of the basic program.