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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Community Impact

WSU Thurston County Extension – 2016 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 2016, WSU Thurston County Extension received $150,425 in direct funding from WSU, and leveraged an additional $420,552 in programmatic, technical and organizational support from the University. Thurston County provided $125,237 through the WSU-County MOA, and $546,267 in programmatic, technical, staff and organizational support.

Read the full 2016 impact report here: 2016 Final WSU Thurston Co Impact Report

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.

Volunteer Support

Trained, enthusiastic volunteers are the backbone of most WSU Extension programs. In 2016, WSU Thurston County Extension volunteers gave approximately 33,118 hours of service†, which is equivalent to 12 full-time employees. At an estimated value of volunteer time of $27.98 per hour*, that service is valued at $926,642.

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

* Source: Independent Sector,