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, who have basic knowledge of garment construction, 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 is ongoing through the end of July.
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 marks several milestones for the Master Clothing Volunteer program. It will be the 10th class of Master Clothing Volunteers, and once they complete the two-year certification process, the program will celebrate its 20th 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 the county’s extension office. From there, a county committee will screen the applicants, and the applicants will receive a notice in the mail on whether or not their application was advanced to the area screening. An area committee will then 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 providing clothing construction education through teaching basic sewing skills to groups of individuals. After they’ve completed their volunteer requirements, the individual will become a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer recognized by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and known as a trained professional aide in their area.
Individuals interested in becoming a Master Clothing Volunteer can get an application at their county’s office of the Cooperative Extension Service. The complete application is due July 23rd. For more information on becoming a Master Clothing Volunteer, contact the Fulton Cooperative Extension Service at 236-2351.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.