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Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio State University Extension




Q: What are the benefits?

A: The program provides opportunities for an individual that has a particular love or interest to share their talents, skills, and abilities with others. Volunteer experiences vary by tasks, time available, knowledge, public rapport, expertise and skill. They also receive valuable training in evidence-based programs and science-backed practices for healthy family living.

Q: What are the program objectives?

A: The purpose of the program is to build a network of advocates in counties and across the state; to develop trained volunteers to enhance Family and Consumer Sciences programs at county, regional and state levels; and to enhance public awareness of Family and Consumer Sciences programs in the state.

Q: How can I become an OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Volunteer?

A: The first step to becoming a volunteer is to contact your local OSU Extension office for an application. The application will contain all the information you need about the type of volunteer you would like to be – including job descriptions, time involved, and training.

Q: What if I am already a volunteer in another program area? Can I also volunteer for the Family and Consumer Sciences program?

A: You sure can! Much of the process is already complete for you. You will still need to fill out an application for the Family and Consumer Sciences program but if you have been approved in another program area, you can use the same reference checks and fingerprint background checks. You will still need to go through the orientation and training for the Family and Consumer Sciences Volunteer program.

Q: What tasks are involved for an Advocate, Promoter or Teacher?

A: As an advocate, you will work with legislators and stakeholders to advocate for the support of Family and Consumer Sciences programs and to ensure that they are appropriately funded. This could also involve serving on Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension committees. One type of committee that is particularly important is an Extension Advisory Committee. These committees are active at both the state and local levels to help keep Extension programming relevant. They also help county and state Extension programs set priorities to be certain they are meeting the needs of the people.

Promoters become involved in public awareness campaigns and marketing programs to the public. They may participate in the set-up and operation of display tables or information booths at educational events like health fairs or field days. These volunteers are generally skilled in organizing and assisting with complex projects featuring multiple materials, steps, and processes.

Teaching volunteers work closely with county Family and Consumer Sciences personnel to deliver established curriculum in the three Family and Consumer Science content areas: Healthy People, Healthy Finances, and Healthy Relationships. Additional training in specific subject matter is required for these volunteers, in the content area they will be teaching.