Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide critical services for non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as municipalities.

Do your organization have trouble finding volunteers? Wonder how to engage younger      volunteers? Need to identify risks for volunteers that help your program?

Penn State Extension is offering a class for groups that depend on volunteers to help carry out their mission.  The class, “Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program,” will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Tunkhannock Library.

Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees, and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.

“Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” help managers of volunteer programs improve volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition of volunteers’ efforts that are appropriate for both the organization and the volunteers.

Register for the workshop online at

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Tolstoy

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County can help you with both! We are proud to partner with The Greenhouse Project for our upcoming series of events at the McNulty Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, 200 Arthur Avenue, Scranton.

We will be having programs/workshops on the following:

  • Rain Barrels on Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m.
  • Soils on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
  • Planning A Garden on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m.
  • Growing good tomatoes on Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m.
  • Get to Know the Insects in Your Garden on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.
  • Milkweeds, Monarchs and More on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m.
  • Composting on Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m.                                                      

All of the presentations are free, but reservations are required.  Please bring a comfortable chair.

For more information or to register, please contact the Penn State Extension Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

PSU Plow & Hearth

With spring soon on its way, The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County invite everyone to an Open House hosted by:

Plow & Hearth

Shoppes at Montage
2111 Shoppes Boulevard
Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507

Visit us on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 pm.

There will be plenty of free publications, the opportunity to talk with the Master Gardeners, and the ability to secure expert advice on:

  • Tree Care. Most of us think the trees around us don’t need anything, but they do. The information needed to keep your trees healthy will be offered.
  • Starting seeds. Our Master Gardeners will tell you how to grow good plants straight from the packet.
  • Container Gardening. Whether you have a small space or don’t want to spend a lot of time tending to a garden, you will learn how to have a beautiful garden by utilizing containers.
  • Get the dirt on soil. Great plants and good landscapes all start with the best soil.
  • Native and Invasive plants. Making the right choice for your landscape can be good for you and the environment.  You can learn what plants are best for your yard.

Also, you will get a chance to learn about composting from Barbara Giovagnoli of the Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability.  Special children’s activities, sponsored by Lackawanna County 4-H, will also be offered at the event.

For more information, contact Penn State Master Gardeners at 570-963-6842

or by e-mail at