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UGA Extension Carroll County Announces Volunteer of the Year Awards

UGA Extension Carroll County staff held their 6th annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner and presented awards to four deserving volunteers.  The Extension staff thanked their volunteers with a delicious Italian-themed meal to show their appreciation for all they give to the organization.  UGA Extension volunteers help staff meet the mission of Extension by providing unbiased, research-based information and programming to the Carroll County community in Agriculture, 4-H, and Family and Consumer Sciences.    

In 2023, volunteers helped in the following ways:

4-H Program – 27 coaches volunteering over 1,000 hours and 50 teachers encouraged 1,855 4-H’ers.

Master Gardeners – 71 volunteered 5,898 hours, 17,326 in-person contacts, 121,916 phone, email, newspaper contacts educating home gardeners.

Heritage Days – over 40 volunteers dedicated two days to teaching 900 students about our cultural heritage.

Ag Career Expo – 29 ag-related organizations, agencies, businesses, and colleges inspiring over 325 students to find a career in agriculture.

Family and Consumer Sciences Program – Over 30 hours by volunteers for food preservations and the healthy bear library classes.

This year’s awards were presented to:

Master Gardener of the Year – Linda Handyside

Friend of 4-H – Jeff Posey

Friend of FACS – Claire Crawford

Friend of Extension – Carroll EMC

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