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WSU Thurston County Extension – 2020 Community Impact Report

WSU Extension Programs: Organizational Collaboration, Community Buy-In

Twelve county-based educators positively impact thousands of county residents each year by providing unbiased, research-based information and delivering educational programs that give people the knowledge to improve their health and livelihoods. Leveraging County support, WSU Extension brings in resources from grants, contracts, fees, fund-raising, and the University to develop and deliver locally-relevant programs in

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Agriculture
  • Food Safety & Nutrition
  • Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter
  • Water Resources & Native Plant Salvage Project.

In 2020, Thurston County provided $153,262 in support via the MOA, and $347,618 from non-MOA sources (total $500,880). WSU Thurston County Extension received $426,072 from WSU, raised an additional $262,445 in grants (total $688,517), and facilitated $372,000 in volunteer service contributions.

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Volunteer Support

Trained, enthusiastic volunteers are the backbone of most WSU Extension programs. In 2020, WSU Thurston County Extension volunteers gave
approximately 13,681 hours of service†, which is
equivalent to 6.5 full-time employees. At an estimated
volunteer value of $27.20 per hour*, that service is
worth $372,000.

† Not all volunteer hours have been reported to the WSU Volunteer Database.

* Source: Independent Sector,, July 2020

Making Impacts Globally and Locally

WSU Extension serves the residents of Washington State by creating and delivering targeted research-based knowledge and education. It’s a mission the organization and its dedicated specialists have refined over the past century. Part of that process is communicating results.

These reports provide accounts of how our programs empower participants to better their lives. We hope the reports inspire you to join at least one of our courses or events, share your story, and provide feedback. Your involvement will help us improve our responsiveness and reach more individuals.