Contact Us

University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Volunteering with University of Illinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension provides practical, research-based information and programs to help individuals, families, farms, businesses and communities in Illinois. Its mission in short, is to help the citizens of Illinois put knowledge to work. The contribution of volunteers in the following areas is essential to the achievement of this mission.

Volunteers contribute their time and talents to the Extension program in Montgomery, Christian, Macoupin & Jersey counties. Learn how you can help others with the knowledge and experiences gained from Extension education.

Volunteer opportunities with our office include:

  • 4-H and Youth Program
    4-H is a voluntary, informal educational program for boys and girls ages 8-18. It was established at the turn of the century primarily for rural youth, but has expanded to incorporate youth from urban areas as well. The goal of 4-H is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.

    4-H Organization Leader: Individuals work with a group of youth on an annual basis. 4-H Clubs meet regularly and frequency is determined by the membership. There is an emphasis on leadership development and 'learning by doing' through selected projects and public speaking. Commitment includes 4-H leader training, attendance and support at club meetings, record keeping and reporting. Applicants should enjoy working with youth.

    4-H Project Leaders: Individuals introduce projects to members and parents. They help members decide on things they want to do for their project work, review progress, and recognize their accomplishments. Individuals with experience in activities such as cooking, gardening, photography, computers and woodworking teach 4-H members using University of Illinois Extension project books. In addition, they conduct project workshops, one-on-one teaching, tours and/or field trips. They help members keep necessary records and prepare for exhibits. Commitment varies and is dependent on the time required for a youth group to complete the selected project.

    4-H Project Exhibit Judges: Individuals review 4-Hers' projects using a project score sheet, assign blue, red or white rating to each project and discuss ratings with members. Commitment includes training and availability to work 4-6 hours at the Montgomery County 4-H Shows scheduled in June/July.

    4-H Expansion & Review Committee: Volunteers serve as a resource in developing 4-H promotion plans, methods and procedures to insure all youth in Montgomery County have access to the 4-H Youth Program.

All volunteers working with youth are screened prior to undertaking assignments.