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. If you like to sew and would be interested in helping others learn to sew, you may find the Master Clothing Volunteer program just what you want.
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 Master Clothing Volunteers program has been in existence in Kentucky for nearly 22 years. Participation in the MCV 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. An area committee will make selections based on an individual’s prior knowledge and people skills drawn from the application and an interview. Christian County currently has two master clothing volunteers.
Those selected to participate in the program will attend a statewide training Oct. 9-13 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational 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. After they’ve completed their volunteer requirements, the individual will become a certified 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 the Christian County Cooperative Extension Office, 2850 Pembroke Road, or call 270-886-6328. The applications are due by Wednesday.
MARSHA O. PARKER is the Christian County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She can be reached at 270-886-6328.