Contact Us

University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

Main Office (Rock Island County)
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (Henry-Stark County)
358 Front Street
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Mercer County)
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

Volunteering with University of Illinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for volunteers to help bring our programs to the citizens of our local counties, especially in the areas of 4-H and the Master Gardener program.

Interested in becoming a 4-H Leader or 4-H Special Interest Club Leader, please contact Cheryl Geitner, Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator or Diane Baker, Extension 4-H Youth Development (Metro and Military).

For the horticulture program and to become a Master Gardener, contact Tracy Jo Mulliken. 

Click here for our staff listing and contact details. 

Find out more by contacting your local Extension unit: Henry-Stark (309)853-1533; Mercer (309)585-5106; Rock Island (309)756-9978.

Poverty Simulation Volunteers, Sat, March 12, 8:45 - Noon,
Western Illinois University, Moline, IL

University of Illinois Extension 4-H will be hosting a Poverty Simulation for teens attending the Quad Cities Teen Leadership Academy on Saturday, March 12th at Western Illinois University, Riverfront Campus in Moline. This event is planned by teens, for teen and the Poverty Simulation will be an excellent way to immerse teens in a simulated month living in poverty.  Volunteers are needed to staff fifteen different stations during the simulation.  Volunteers will be at stations which represent the resources the teens need to "live for one month" in a simulated scenario of situational poverty.  These include:  banker, school teacher, day care provider, employer, human services staff, pawn shop, police, illegal activities, community action agency, etc.  All supplies are provided and no prior is experience is needed in order to volunteer.

If you're interested, we'd love to have you join us as one of our volunteer staffers.  Or, perhaps you know of someone else who would like to help make an impact on our local teens.  We'll begin with orientation at 8:45 a.m.  The actual simulation will run from 9:30 - 12:00 p.m.  Volunteers are welcome to join us for lunch or leave at noon - whichever best fits their schedules.  Contact Diane Baker at (309) 756-9978 or email

Pork Chop Dinner Volunteers, Pie Makers & Bakers!
Thursday, April 7, 4 - 7 pm, Milan American Legion

The Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation is seeking your help with donations of a homemade pie and/or cookies, brownies, bars etc for a 4-H Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser & Pie Auction.  It will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 4 - 7 pm at the Milan American Legion.  We are also looking for help that night to grill the pork chops, serve the meal and clean-up the tables, etc. If you can make a pie for the auction, bake some cookies or help to work at the dinner, call Becky Buckrop at (309) 756-9978 or email

Arts & Crafts 4-H Volunteer monthly
Silvis Library 4-H Visual Arts Club

Do you have an artistic flair? We have an opportunity for you to help youth explore different art mediums with hands-on activities once month at the Silvis Library. Art supplies will be provided.  Contact Angela Richardson, 4-H Program Coordinator at or call (309) 756-9978.

Computer Coder/Programmer 4-H Volunteer
Rock Island County 4-H, Milan, IL

We are seeking a volunteer to help guide youth in a 6-weeks of basic online coding workshops. Mentor youth as you encourage them to consider careers in computer science. You pick the date and time that works for you.  We will provide the location, computers and online computer program series.  You don't have to be an expert, just comfortable with youth and computers.  Contact Angela Richardson, 4-H Program Coordinator at or call (309) 756-9978.

Double Dutch/Jump Rope Skipping Volunteer
Rock Island County 4-H, Milan, IL

Are you a super skipper?  Or do you know how to double dutch or have other jump rope skills?  We have youth interested in learning and need a volunteer who can help guide kids in a 4-H Metro/Military Special Interest Club.  YOU get to pick the date and time that works for you!  Help inspire kids to get fit in this fun jump roping exercise.  Contact Angela Richardson, 4-H Program Coordinator at or call (309) 756-9978.