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The Essence of “Grassroots”

  

Cook County Farm Bureau is an organization of people.  Members help the organization achieve great things year after year by volunteering time, energy and talent to create better agriculture in Cook County.

We are blessed to have many excited and enthusiastic volunteers who offer so much to our efforts and we welcome members who want to join in on the fun…

CCFB Foundation Sponsored Volunteer Opportunities

Giving to a "cause" doesn't always need to be financial.  Give a bit of time and learn about farming and food. The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a number of educational events in which volunteers are the key to a successful outcome. 

  • Ag Days for 3rd Grade students (Schaumburg and Chicago events held in April)
  • Farm Camp (Chicago location in July)
  • Library Reading Programs (throughout the county during summer)
  • Leadership Academy (high school career program)
  • Entrepreneurship Grant Mentoring
  • School mailings office support 

Listed below are a few other volunteer opportunities:

FB ACT

Here's something you already know, every day, politicians and regulators make decisions that impact the way you farm.  But here's something you may have overlooked, politics have changed a lot!  Don't feel discouraged.  You can take back your influence in Washington, Springfield, and even your own backyard with Farm Bureau's FB ACT program.

FB ACT (Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team) started as a group of men and women who had an interest in the legislative process.  That used to work.  Today, your voice can easily be drowned out by others speaking out against you.

When you join FB ACT, we ask that you vote and respond to action requests by emailing or calling your elected officials on key agricultural issues. 


The Farm Corps

An “on call” group of members that we reach out to a few times per year when we need an “extra” set of hands that will bring enthusiasm for agriculture.

Examples include:

·        Working with Ag Literacy programs such as Ag Days for 3rd graders, farm camp for kids and the summer library reading program.

·        Working with the Public Relations team on public outreach events such as the Wagner Dairy Breakfast, Food Checkout Day school food delivery and “Ask a Farmer” events.

·        Working with our other teams on programs that help members, improve agriculture and expand knowledge about farming.

Action Teams


On an annual basis, the CCFB Board of Directors seek members that wish to provide regular leadership assistance and support of programming through our 5 Action Team


Ag Literacy – This group of leaders focuses on the overall ag in the classroom program, teacher education, ag days, farm camp and ag literacy grant programs.s listed below. 

Public Relations Team – This group of leaders work in the areas of consumer information regarding agriculture through the Speakers Bureau, program outreach, and public communications.

Commodities & Marketing Team – This group of leaders works on promoting local farm stands, assisting farm markets, development of landowner group programming, equine activities, commodity promotions, agricultural tours, giant pumpkin contest and agri-tourism concepts.

Member Relations Team – This group of leaders work on benefits, recruitment ideas, member communications, reward programs, membership services, the annual meeting, leadership training, and related activities.

Public Policy Team – This group of leaders focuses on legislative and local affairs, development and enactment of organizational policy, political involvement, grass roots legislative communications and key issue discussions.

These Teams meet face to face 4 times annually for planning and program development purposes and provide support for many of the programs that are developed through each Team.

**If you have interest in any of the above opportunities, please complete the form below and email it to membershipkatie@cookcfb.org using the subject 'Volunteer Opportunity'.

Click here for Volunteer Form. (You can type directly onto form)