Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!
Image by istockphoto.com

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!


Volunteering with CCEDC is a great way to get involved in your community, receive research based educational support, utilize your talents and spread the education to residents of Dutchess County. Ongoing opportunities appear below, with contact names for additional information. Some programs may require specialized training to participate; upcoming training dates are listed where known.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

If you wish to become a volunteer with CCEDC, please fill out the Volunteer Application and other forms below:

In addition, those who volunteer to work with vulnerable populations (children, individuals with disabilities, etc.) will be asked to consent to a criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs.

Agriculture & Horticulture

  • Animal Response Program Volunteer: Is your household prepared for a disaster? Have you made plans for your animals as well? The CCEDC Animal Response Program (DCARP) connects trained volunteers with local government officials and the general public through formal presentations, working groups, community days and other public venues. This educational outreach program serves all animal owners (pets and livestock) of Dutchess County with the sole purpose of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

Contact: Jen Fimbel - jlf20@cornell.edu


  • Master Garden Volunteer - Learn more about environmentally friendly gardening techniques, garden pests and plant care while you meet others who share your passion for gardening and have fun! Share what you know and learn with the public.  Applicants must be residents of Dutchess County, NY and be at least 18 years old.  Click here for the position description.

Contact: Joyce Tomaselli - jdt225@cornell.edu

Parenting & Family

  • Relatives as Parents Program Volunteer
  • Family Budget Education Program Volunteer.  Do you have an interest in household finances and enjoy working and helping others? Volunteer with our Family Budget Education Program: Click here for the position description.

Contact: Ivana Powers - ip74@cornell.edu

Environment & Energy

  • Environmental Stewardship Volunteer

Contact: Jeff Luoma - jwl37@cornell.edu

  • GIS Volunteer

Contact: Sean Carroll - smc427@cornell.edu

  • Watershed Volunteer

Contact: Carolyn Klocker - cak97@cornell.edu

Nutrition & Wellness

  • Nutrition Program Volunteer
  • Food Educator Volunteer: Educate consumers on making sound food decisions in various community settings. After completing the free orientation and training program, volunteers provide many different forms of support to our programs and education to the public. Requirements to volunteer would include reliable transportation, good communication and interpersonal skills, a basic interest in food, nutrition and health and a high school diploma or equivalent. Click here for the position description.

Contact: Ivana Powers - ip74@cornell.edu

4-H Youth Program

  • 4-H Volunteer

Contact: Cassie Messina - cmm473@cornell.edu

  • Green Teen Volunteer

Contact: Helanna Bratman - hgb4@cornell.edu


Angela Sullivan
Sr. Administrative Assistant
(845) 677-8223 x114

Last updated January 6, 2016