Contact Us

University of Illinois Extension serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

Tazewell County
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Fulton County
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Mason County
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Peoria County
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Volunteering with University of Illinois Extension

At University of Illinois Extension, our volunteers are essential to the success of our programs. Volunteers are the backbone of the 4-H, Master Naturalist, and Master Gardener programs. Our Extension Council members and Foundation board members are also volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities in our unit include:

  • 4-H and Youth Program: 4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for boys and girls ages 8 – 18.
  • 4-H Cloverbud Leader: Youth ages 5 – 7 years old are involved in the 4-H Cloverbud program. If you would like to start a new Cloverbud group and volunteer as a leader, please contact us for more information.
  • 4-H Fair Volunteers Needed: Volunteers work together every year to showcase the 4-H program at the county fairs.
  • 4-H Organizational Leader: Would you like to work with youth ages 8 – 18 years old? Start a 4-H Club. The 4-H Organizational Leader provides leadership to the young people who are members of the club, and serves as the primary contact for the club.
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor or Assistant Instructor: There are clubs for shotgun, air rifle and archery throughout the four counties. Adults are trained at the state level to be instructors and at the county level to be assistant instructors. Trainings are held in the spring and fall.
  • 4-H Project Volunteer: Do you have a talent that you would be willing to share and teach to youth? There are opportunities to share talents, hobbies, and skills in ongoing workshop sessions called special interest clubs, one time workshops or special events at the fairs.
  • Teen Teachers: Join us on an adventure where you will be teaching
    youth how to be more physically fit and healthy! Lead fun, handsā€on
    activites, while getting great experience! Training is REQUIRED
    before summer teaching starts, so be sure to sign up early.
  • Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists: University of Illinois Extension trains and supports adults to volunteer as University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. Call any of our offices to get on the list of interested applicants for our next training.
  • Extension Council: Adults and teens from Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell counties work together to assist staff in program prioritization, local needs assessment, and advocating our mission and vision. Council members serve two year terms and meet approximately four times per year.
  • Foundation Boards: Tazewell County Extension Education Foundation (TCEEF), Fulton County Support Extension and 4-H Fund (SEFF), and Peoria County 4-H & Extension Foundation (PCFEF) are foundation boards that work to assist with the financial enrichment of the Extension educational programs and services. To volunteer as a board member, contact Earl Allen, county Extension director, at or 309-347-6614.

All volunteers working with youth are screened prior to undertaking assignments. All volunteers are required to complete child protection training.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with University of Illinois Extension, please call one of our local offices:

  • Fulton, 309-547-3711
  • Mason, 309-543-3308
  • Peoria, 309-685-3140
  • Tazewell, 309-347-6614