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Join Us in Celebrating KEHA Week October 13-19

 The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education.  The organization was developed in cooperation with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.  Across the state, County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with KEHA members and clubs to provide educational programming and coordinate community activities.
     Established in 1932, the state organization remains strong with membership totaling 16,000.  Programs educate members and general public about topics including: parenting and grand parenting, fall prevention, couponing, diabetes, ovarian cancer, financial decision-making, art appreciation, empowering women, and effective leadership.
     Volunteer service is a strong emphasis in the KEHA.  Members annually report more than 600,000 volunteer hours with a value of more than $10 million dollars to the Commonwealth.  Since 1977, the KEHA has actively supported the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Total donations surpassed the $1 million mark in 2009 and average more than $40,000 annually.
     While much of the work in the KEHA is focused on local communities and statewide projects, there is also an emphasis on supporting women and families globally.  The KEHA has been a member of the Associated Country Women of the World since 1936 and two members recently attended the ACWW Triennial Conference in Chennai, India.  In recent years, the KEHA has provided significant support for the Kentucky Academy, a kindergarten in Adjeikrom, Ghana.
    Butler County has 115 Homemaker members involved in numerous groups and activities in Butler County. 
For more information, contact the Butler County Extension Office at 112 East G L Smith Street, Morgantown or call 526-3767. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. 

Tracy M. Cowles, County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences


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