Dear Rutgers Cooperative Extension Volunteer:

As a Rutgers Cooperative Extension volunteer we have asked you to be patient over the past year as in-person programs, activities, and events were suspended due to COVID-19. We are pleased to now begin our phased restart of in-person Extension programming.  As of May 2021, pre-approved RCE programs, meetings and events can take place in-person in an outdoor setting with no more than 25 total participants (including volunteers, participants, parents, etc.).  Social distancing and face masks must be utilized.

We know that some of you may still not feel ready or comfortable with in-person volunteer roles and that is okay. We also know that many of you are eager to resume some form of in-person volunteer participation. Our main priority is to keep you, our volunteers, as well as our 4-H youth, program participants, staff, and our communities safe and healthy.

Although things will look a little different for now, we are excited to welcome you back to our Cooperative Extension in-person programs/events/meetings. Our Extension staff are here to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Please note that these guidelines will be updated when conditions change and we will communicate these updates through our staff and website. Thank you for volunteering for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. You really do make a difference and we appreciate it!


Brian Schilling, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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