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Master Gardeners rate high on volunteering

Posted 1/18/2011

Many studies1 rank Nevada low on volunteer activity, but University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada prove them wrong! The past year was an especially busy time for the Las Vegas Master Gardeners who offer free information and gardening advice to the community through workshops, community projects, information booths and the Home Gardening Help Line (702-257-5555).

In 2010, Master Gardener volunteers staffing the Help Line answered 3,863 phone calls and 381 letters and emails. This is a 7 percent increase in gardening queries from the previous year.

The 303 Certified Master Gardeners in Las Vegas contributed 38,104 volunteer hours-valued at $794,4682. This is an average of over 125 volunteer hours per Master Gardener compared to a statewide average of 29.6 hours per resident1.

Master Gardeners support community projects across the Valley. Project locations include Community Gardens at Doolittle, Leiburn and Archie Grant Senior Centers, Acacia Park, Nellis AFB, Springs Preserve, UNCE Orchard and Nathan Adelson Hospice.

For more information about the Master Gardener volunteer program or the requirements to become a Master Gardener, please contact Antoinette Edmunds, Program Coordinator, edmundsa@unce.unr.edu or 702-257-5587.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu .

1 http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/NV -- 29.6 hours per resident - ranking them 44th among the 50 states and Washington, DC

2 http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time -- $20.85 — 2009 average value per volunteer hour

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