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Over 19,000 hours given by Milam County volunteers in 2010

Time equal to $392,688 service hours
By CHERYL WALKER
Milam County Extension Agent


Milam County Commissioners learned that Milam County volunteers logged 19,392 hours of community service in 2010. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Pct. 1 commissioner George Tomek, Pct. 2 commissioner Kenneth Hollas, Pct. 3 commissioner Dale Jaecks, Pct. 4 commissioner Jeff Muegge, (back row) Connie Anderle, Jay Beckhusen (chairman of Extension Advisory Board), Barbara Walker, Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, Douglas Buck. Milam County Commissioners learned that Milam County volunteers logged 19,392 hours of community service in 2010. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Pct. 1 commissioner George Tomek, Pct. 2 commissioner Kenneth Hollas, Pct. 3 commissioner Dale Jaecks, Pct. 4 commissioner Jeff Muegge, (back row) Connie Anderle, Jay Beckhusen (chairman of Extension Advisory Board), Barbara Walker, Milam County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, Douglas Buck. Milam County Extension Staff would like to thank the over 581 volunteers that contributed more than 19,392 hours of time in 2010 to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service- Milam County Office programming.

Some of our major volunteers include Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Extension Education Association Members, 4-H Leaders and Program A rea Commit tee members. These volunteers contributed $392,688 in volunteer dollars to the citizens of Milam County. Volunteers are one of our most valuable assets. They make a big difference in what our agency accomplishes by:

• reaching more people;

• ensuring programs are relevant;

• delivering Extension education; and,

• interpreting the value of Extension to others.

National statistics reflect the tremendous impact Texans make by giving back to their communities. The Corporation for National & Community Service’s data reported through its VolunteeringInAmerica. gov site shows impressive figures about volunteerism in Texas:

• More than seven percent of the nation’s volunteers are in Texas.

• The state averages over a million volunteers.

• Twenty-five percent of the state’s population contributes over 566 million hours of service per year.

• The time that Texans contribute to volunteering averages 31.6 hours per resident.

• Their community service is valued at $11.8 billion. Thanks to the Milam County Volunteers for making a difference for the citizens of the county. If you want to become a volunteer for the Extension programming, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045 or come by 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron.


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