Extension Seeking Volunteers for Wellness Ambassador Program

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do you want to give back to your community throughout the year? Do you want to reach people across generations and offer a gift that helps folks live better, healthier lives?

The answer to these questions lies in one word: volunteerism. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve...you only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

Our community has so many people with souls generated by love and hearts full of grace. There are many people willing to reach out and care for others in need. We are happy to introduce to you another way to focus this incredible desire to help and give hope. You can now become an Extension Wellness Ambassador.

So, what exactly is an Extension Wellness Ambassador? Let's start by defining wellness.

Wellness is a state of health that doesn't just involve the absence of an illness. It encompasses a person's physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial well-being. It is the job of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (UACES) Family and Consumer Sciences agent to promote wellness for our community through teaching others. Master Wellness Volunteers will have that same opportunity.

UACES has many programs for everyday folks to deliver to anyone. Extension Wellness Ambassadors can help teach classes to any age group about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. They can help implement diabetes education programs, such as the Living Well with Diabetes series. They can serve as Walk Across Arkansas team managers. Love to cook? Extension Wellness Ambassadors can provide healthy recipe demonstrations for people at grocery stores, businesses or clinics. The opportunities are endless.

Being an Extension Wellness Ambassador doesn't have to mean getting up in front of people and teaching a class. It can also mean helping with administrative tasks, like helping to register people for programming, entering important data into computers that is gathered from UACES programs, and designing newsletters or flyers. There is something for everyone

What's in it for you?

Here's one more quote -- "You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself." General H. Norman Schwarzkopf certainly knew about the side of humanity that longs for self fulfillment. The Extension Wellness Ambassador program offers this sense of fulfillment with every hour of service donated.

Here's the deal: Extension Wellness Ambassadors attend classes that include 40 hours of training in health, nutrition, family life, and family resource management education. In return, volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to the community. Volunteer training will be held on these dates: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. For an application and more information, please contact Pamela S. Pruett, Mississippi County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-762-2075 or ppruett@uaex.edu.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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