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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Volunteer Trends and Statistics

A new document entitled, "2009 Volunteering in America Research Report" is available on this website ,, and provides the key findings of research conducted regarding trends and demographics in volunteering. Some of the key findings include the following;

  • In 2008, 61.8 million Americans (26.4% of the adult population) contributed 8 billion hours of volunteer service. This service is worth $162 billion (using the independent Sector's value of a volunteer's time at $20.25 per hour).
  • More young adults, age 16-24, volunteered in 2008 than 2007, with more than 8.2 million giving their time in service.
  • Neighborhood engagement levels have risen sharply since 2007, with a 31% increase in the number of people who worked with their neighbors to fix a problem in their community.

If you have not checked out the Volunteering in America website (, you may want to take a look! Provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the site is a great resource for information on volunteering and civic engagement. Through this website, agents will be able to access information on volunteer trends, tools, resources and information for the nation, U.S. regions, and major cities.

District 11 TCAAA Professional Improvement Retreat

November 3rd-4th, Winedale, Tx

This week TCAAA members will participate in there annual retreat, a excellent program has been developed by Phillip Schackelford and agents in the northern counties of our district. Agents will participate in professional presentations on subject matter involving their result demonstration work and other aspects of their programing. Dr. Juan Landivar,AgriLife Research Resident Director, will also provide a program on his vision of Texas AgriLife Research in the Coastal Bend Area of Texas and how Extension and Reserch and better work together.

County Judges and Commissioners Conference - December 15th, 2009-Edna, Tx

Thanks to our Marketing and Interpretation committee an excellent program has been planned for next month. We will be working on getting invitations out to your county court members. I would appreciate a special effort in letting your elected officials know about the conference. Items to be discussed will be legislative updates, pesticide regulations, H1N1 awareness, and outcome program updates by the RPD's. We need three displays dealing with each of our three disciplines. If you have a unique program success that we could use, please let Kathy Farrow or Amy Freeman know.

District 11 Personnel News

Interviews have been set for positions in Karnes, Colorado, and Matagorda, in the month of November, We hope to identify a candidate by the end of the month for all three positions. New open positions for agents in Calhoun and San Patricio Counties will be announced soon.

We would like to congratulate Shamain St.Julien she has been selected to travel to Washington D.C. with our Texas 4-H delegation to the National 4-H Congress on November 28- December 1st. We know she will represent us well.

Chance Crossland has recently completed his Extension Foundation training in College Station. Extension Foundations is our new onboarding training for new county Extension agents. Formally (NEO) New Employee Orientation.

I would also like to congratulate the Victoria County staff for continuing to provide leadership to the Victoria Farm and Ranch Show. The show is an excellent opportunity for local farmers, ranchers, and young people in the Victoria area and surrounding counties to gain information about agriculture and much more. Also thank you to those other area agents that support the educational effort. This was the 25th anniversary year of the show. The show continues to grow each year due to local county committee involvement, volunteer leadership and the excellent support of our Extension staff

Agent Reports Due by the 5th working day of the month, Friday November 6th, 2009.