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VIP Program

Volunteer. Give Back. Make a difference.

Call out graphic "Volunteers Needed"We need your help as we work to:

  • Build strong families & communities
  • Promote healthy eating, exercise, and food safety
  • Reduce bullying and enhance leadership skills
  • Promote home & community gardens and enhance green living spaces
  • Support entrepreneurship and strengthen job search & career building skills
  • Foster environmental stewardship and natural resource preservation
  • Increase volunteerism
  • Link older adults to resources
  • Promote financial stability


What is VIP?

  • VIP is the acronym for Volunteer In Urban Programs.
  • Through VIP, youth & adults are recruited, enrolled, and trained to implement Urban Extension programs. Training is free and service is rewarded.
  • The purpose of VIP is to promote, expand, and support Urban Extension programs.
  • VIP is expanding the role of volunteerism in the community by matching your available time, interests and skills to impactful projects.
  • You can commit to volunteer as much or as little as you want. We have projects big and small.

What is Urban Extension?

  • With Alabama’s changing demographics and the rapid growth of our urban centers, Extension now offers more in our cities.
  • Urban Extension provides informal learning activities that are designed to make a positive change in Alabama residents and improve their quality of life.
  • Urban Extension focuses on limited-resource families, underserved audiences, individuals, and small enterprises.

We expect our VIPs to:

  • Participate in orientation.
  • Network with other volunteers across the state of Alabama.
  • Promote and facilitate the work of Urban Extension programs.

A group of professionals sit in a group presentation, one woman raises her hand to volunteer. Image 2: African American college student smiles while pointing at his volunteer shirt. Image 3: A group of diverse volunteers pose for a picture after working in a community service project.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Serve on Extension Advisory committee to strengthen and improve program efforts.
  • Provide clerical assistance.
  • Serve as a judge or facilitator.
  • Work as part of an organized group for events and conferences.

Benefits of becoming an urban Extension VIP

  • Give back to the community
  • Meet new people and discover new interests
  • Gain experience and enhance your resume
  • Receive professional experience or training
  • Receive recognition for your hours of service

Contact Us

State Office

Alabama A&M University

Kimberly Neloms
Office: (256) 372-4585
Email: burgeki@aces.edu

Shanetria Brown
Office: (256) 372-4942
Email: skb0050@aces.edu

Download digital program brochure.

Alabama Extension. More in our cities

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