MGV Certification Hours Report Deadline is October 1
One of the items on your "To Do List" this month should be: Fill out the volunteer hours report form. Find that calendar, those scraps of paper, or your electronic calendar, wherever you've recorded your educational and volunteer hours. Transfer those cryptic notes to the Extension's form in either a paper or even better, in the electronic version. See the MAMGA website for the 2016 Timesheet.
As September comes to a close, record any last minute hours volunteered and send in your forms by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send your paper copies to: Dane Co/UW Extension Office, Attn: MGV Program, 5401 Fen Oak Ct, Madison WI 53719.
You might ask: Why is (re)certification important? First of all, there's a benefit to each individual MGV to show that the education and community service requirements have been met by reporting our volunteer hours and activities. Without documentation, we can only guess at the value of our efforts. It's interesting to see how interests and hours vary each year. The tracked volunteer hours allow us to recognize our contributions and inspire and be inspired by others who volunteer their time.
Another reason to report our hours is to demonstrate the value of the UW-Extension horticulture education staff. One of their tasks is to train MGVs like us to help serve the public's needs for horticultural information. When we document the number of hours spent helping answering horticultural questions, speaking to groups, and helping establish and maintain public and non-profit gardens, etc., an actual dollar value of our donated time can be calculated. This figure represents value added to Dane County's public welfare. The program's existing staff are ultimately responsible for many thousands of dollars of benefits statewide.
We are living in an age where public expenditures are being scrutinized and cut as never before. By collecting the statistics on the value of program, we help support the conclusion that public expenditures are justified for those programs.
So don't be caught in a panic on October 2nd. You've got a whole month to earn more hours. So start now to get your forms filled out and sent in no later than October first.