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.
The DCMGA books for the current year are closed on January 15 of the following year.
So, all hours for the previous year must be reported by January 15.
Volunteer Hours Requirements: Certified Master Gardeners must contribute 30 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education to remain certified each year. For Certified Master Gardeners, 2016 hours must be completed by 12/31/16 and submitted by 1/15/17 to be eligible for continued Certification.
For 2016 Interns, 72 hours must be completed by 11/30/16 and submitted by 12/15/16 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 2016 hours must be submitted by 1/15/17.
The following charts show the hours required for each class. MG students do not have a volunteer requirement during their class year, but volunteer hours may be credited on some projects and events if approved by the Master Gardener Coordinator.
The following chart shows the hours requirements for 2016:
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.