Treat yourself to your next volunteer opportunity: While many extension staff are based at the university, “really, the volunteers are the boots on the ground that do the job, interacting with the public. They go through rigorous training, ”says DiCaprio. Volunteers at the local level (usually by county) are often those who offer classes to the public or even, at least before the pandemic, maintain office hours and answer questions by email and phone. Those in Mosbacher’s program, for example, must complete 18 weeks of classes and hands-on training. If you are someone who enjoys making a difference in your community, consider reaching out to extension. “It feels good to be able to help others and use your knowledge to help people improve their lives,” Garden-Robinson said.