Volunteer Hours: Reporting
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Volunteer Hours are valuable! Keep reporting even after you have met the requirements for certification.
Volunteer hours are reported to better measure community benefits.
The successful public and private partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Dallas County Master Gardeners benefits Dallas County through our educational programming, activities, community projects and shared expertise by significantly multiplying the outreach of Extension. In 2015, the economic value of the volunteer service provided by the 400 Certified Master Gardeners translated to $1,062,529 in benefits to our community! In total, we contributed 46,057 hours with an average of 115 hours per Master Gardener.
It is important to keep reporting your hours even after you have met the requirements to be certified. The success (and continuation) of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas County is heavily dependent upon DCMGA, and an important measurement of our association's value is the number of hours we contribute to the community. So for our association, and for Extension, it is important that every hour we volunteer is reported.
Deadlines and Requirements for reporting your hours:
Timing- We highly recommend that you report your hours in a timely manner. It enables our association to report our hours accurately and on a timely basis.
All hours must be entered into the VMS system by the end of the second month following the month in which the Volunteer/Education activity was performed. For instance, January hours must be reported by the end of March.
Late hours will be credited to Extension and hours should still be reported.
The DCMGA books for the current year are closed on December 31. So, all hours for the previous year must be reported by December 31.
Volunteer Hours Requirements: Certified Master Gardeners must contribute 30 hours of volunteer service, 6 hours of which must be served in one of the "dirt" projects, and 6 hours of continuing education to remain certified each year. For Certified Master Gardeners, 2017 hours must be completed by 12/31/17 and submitted by that date to be eligible for continued Certification.
For 2017 Interns, 72 hours must be completed by 11/30/17 and submitted by 12/15/17 to be eligible for Certification. 36 hours must be on the Help Desk and the remaining 36 hours may be either Help Desk or project hours. All 2017 hours must be submitted by 12/30/17.
For all Certified Master Gardeners - included in the volunteer hours requirement for continued certification is a 6-hour requirement that must be satisfied in a public educational role in one or more of the following reporting VMS reporting categories:
COMMUNITY SERVICE GARDENS
SPEAKERS BUREAU/EDUCTIONAL PARTNERSHIP
PUBLIC EVENTS- COMMUNITY OUTREACH
THE HELP DESK
The following charts show the hours required for each class. MG students do not have a volunteer requirement until after their last day of class, but volunteer hours may be credited on some projects and events before classes end if approved by the Master Gardener Coordinator.
Travel - Travel time may be included for volunteer activities but not for education. CMGs may also add travel time when entering hours into the VMS system for hours working at the Master Gardener Help Desk.
Education Requirement - Certified Master Gardeners are required to earn 6 education hours each year. The approved education activities are listed under Education Opportunities on the DCMGA website.