Extension has entered an era of unprecedented opportunity to affect family and community health. Taking action will challenge Extension to shift the way programs are delivered, engage a volunteer corps as partners, and value empowering others to address community challenges with their own solutions. This article describes a promising approach for expanding Extension's reach by engaging health-focused volunteers through the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program, where volunteers direct their efforts toward community projects they feel inspired by and compelled to address. Additionally, the article includes recommendations for building a health-focused volunteer corps within Extension.
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Washburn, L. T. (2017). Engagement of Health Volunteers: A Promising Approach for Meeting Community Needs. The Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 23. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.03.23