SOURCE: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

April 09, 2009 17:32 ET

Answer the Call to Serve: Become an Earth Team Volunteer

HARRISBURG, PA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - Would you like to answer the call to serve by working on natural resources projects that beautify your community and help farmers protect their natural resources?

If you do, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Earth Team Volunteer Program in Pennsylvania has many opportunities to help you accomplish that goal. April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week and this year's theme is "Answer the Call to Serve."

If you choose to become involved in your community by volunteering, the Earth Team in Pennsylvania offers so much for you, whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, office worker, environmentalist or student. If you have skills and experience and want to contribute in new ways, you can explore opportunities offered with the Earth Team.

About 439 Pennsylvania Earth Team volunteers contributed 4,626 hours in 2008. Nationally, more than 30,000 volunteers contributed more than 800,000 hours valued at about $15 million to further NRCS's mission of helping people help the land.

NRCS in Pennsylvania is proud of the dedicated volunteers who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting soil, water and wildlife in their communities across the state. "Volunteers play a vital role in achieving our conservation goals and we have seen a significant increase in our conservation achievements because of their contributions," said Susan Hoffman, Pennsylvania's Earth Team Coordinator.

The NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program, created in 1985, offers numerous opportunities for individuals 14 years of age or older. With ever-increasing workloads and a declining workforce, volunteers are essential to helping NRCS carry out its mission. They help NRCS conservationists with diverse activities -- from providing conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects -- by working on the land, in schools, with organizations, and in offices. They help with natural resource projects that improve water quality, beautify communities and reduce erosion. They also contribute their clerical, computer and writing skills in NRCS and conservation district offices across the nation.

For additional information about the Earth Team Volunteer Program in Pennsylvania, please visit or call 1-888-LANDCARE.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Information

    Susan Hoffman