Gaston County Volunteer Groups
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Gaston County Cattlemen’s Association
This is a local chapter of the Cattlemen’s Association that promotes beef and the beef industry in North Carolina, along with assisting cattlemen in legislative, regulatory, and production issues. Monthly meetings include a business meeting and commercial cattle industry presentations regarding pasture management, feed practices, medications, cattle management, etc.
Monthly Meetings: third Tuesday of every month | 7:30 p.m. @ Citizens Resource Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas, NC 28034
For more info: Lara Worden or call 704.922.2118
Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) Volunteer Association
Since 1979, the NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ program has recruited, trained, and engaged people to serve as volunteer educators. Gaston County has been involved for over 30 years! Now there are over 3,500 volunteers in 83 counties across the state.
Our mission is to connect people to horticulture through science-based education and outreach that empowers North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. Under the guidance and direction of Extension agents, individuals complete a 40-hour training program, pass an examination, and complete at least a 40-hour internship to become certified Master Gardener℠ volunteers. To remain active in the program, volunteers complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.
For more info: Julie Flowers or call 704.922.2104
Extension and Community Association (ECA)
The Extension and Community Association (ECA) works to strengthen families and improve the quality of life within our community. ECA is a state volunteer organization, supported by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, that has existed for more than 100 years. Volunteers assist with community projects and support Extension programs through volunteer service.
For more info: Kayla Adams or call 704.865.3291
Extension Master Food Volunteer Program
The Extension Master Food Volunteer Program is the newest volunteer group in Gaston County and is affiliated with the N.C. Extension Master Food Volunteer Program. An extensive course for new volunteers is offered annually.
For more info: Linda Minges or call 704.922.2127
Gaston County Beekeepers Association
The Gaston County Beekeepers Association is a local chapter of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association. Association members educate local beekeepers in current practices for maintaining healthy bee hives. The Association also holds an annual Bee School to train individuals interested in getting started in beekeeping. Click on the Gaston County Beekeeper Website to learn about annual Bee School trainings.
For more info: David Fogarty or call 704.922.2130
4-H Community Clubs
4-H is the largest youth organization in the United States with more than 7 million participants. 4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four H’s on the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is the only youth organization based at land-grant universities and the first experience many youth have with higher education.
Take time to participate in an upcoming event or attend any of the various open houses available during the year to connect with other youth and adults and learn more about what 4-H has to offer. Read more at: https://nc4h.ces.ncsu.edu/getinvolved/
For more info: Christie German or call 704.922.2126