University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Hours: M–F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Hours: Mon - Wed, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Hours: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
101-B East DeYoung
Marion, IL 62959
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)
Volunteering with University of Illinois Extension
Through local partnerships and connections to the vast resources of the University of Illinois, U of I Extension helps people and communities meet their most pressing needs. Extension educational programs are offered in four broad areas: 4-H Youth Development; Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences; Community and Economic Development; and Agriculture, Horticulture and Natural Resources. The programs offered are as diverse as the people of Illinois.
Our mission is to 'Help You Put Knowledge to Work.' The contributions of the volunteers are essential to the achievement of this mission. Learn how you can help others with the knowledge and experiences gained from Extension education. To be considered for a role, please contact the Extension Office.
Volunteer opportunities with our office include:
- 4-H Youth Program
4-H is a voluntary, informal educational program for boys and girls ages 8-18.
- Extension Advisory Council
The council is responsible for assisting staff with the planning and coordination of University of Illinois Extension programs.
- Lessons for Living, Public Speaking
Individuals interested in giving public presentations are taught "Lessons for Living" programs by University of Illinois Extension Educators.
- Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Extension Educators to educate the public and enhance their communities through horticulture.
- Special Projects
Volunteers are needed to assist with specific projects.