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Master Clothing Volunteer recruitment deadline soon

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By Maryellen Garrison

Thanks to shows like “Project Runway,” sewing is enjoying newfound popularity. More and more people are interested in learning how to design and make their own unique style of clothing, but have little resources to do so. Individuals with basic knowledge of garment construction, who want to perfect their craft and help others learn to sew, may find participating in the Master Clothing Volunteer program very enjoyable and fulfilling. Recruitment for the Master Clothing Volunteer Class of 2014 is ongoing through the end of June.

A master volunteer is an individual who takes the traditional volunteer role a step further. Master Clothing Volunteers have basic knowledge of sewing and some skills in garment construction. They are interested in receiving in-depth training in the subject and are dedicated to helping others learn their art form.

The Class of 2014 marks several milestones for the Master Clothing Volunteer program. It will be the 12th class of Master Clothing Volunteers. Once they complete the two-year certification process, the program will celebrate its 24th year of existence.

Participation in the Master Clothing Volunteer program is highly selective. Only two individuals are selected from each of the state’s 14 extension areas. Individuals must first apply to the program at their county’s extension office. From there, a county committee will screen the applicants. Individuals will be notified by mail about the status of their application. Those selected will advance to an area committee. The committee will make their selections based on an individual’s prior knowledge and people skills drawn from the application and an interview.

Those selected to participate in the program will attend a statewide training Oct.14-17 at the Leadership Center in Jabez and begin the certification process. During this process, they will receive training on subject matter, record keeping, teaching and people skills. They will also make a written commitment to give back a specific amount of time to Extension and the community by teaching basic sewing skills to groups of individuals. After completing the volunteer requirements, the individual will become a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer recognized by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service as a trained professional aide.

For more information on becoming a Master Clothing Volunteer contact us. In Henry County we have two Master Clothing Volunteers, Alice Newman and Marcia Potts. Alice is currently teaching adult sewing classes on Tuesday evenings at the Henry County Extension Office from 7 to 9 p.m. If interested in attending just stop by on Tuesday evening.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.