Friday, November 15, 2013

Greene County Extension Donors Make Local Program Successes Possible

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Greene County Extension Council has announced the start of the 2014 “Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign.” The 2014 goal is $30,000 cash, less than a 10% increase in cash collections from 2013.

Development efforts in 2013 resulted in contributions of $27,662 and in-kind gifts equal to $11,776. These monies made it possible to achieve a number of note-worthy successes in 2013.

The Master Gardeners of Greene County reached over 2,000 county residents with horticulture information and contributed over 20,500 hours in volunteer service (valued at over $380,000) to the citizens of Greene County.

The Greene County Extension Council became the first extension council in the state to write and implement a business plan to guide future operations and funding efforts.

Greene County Extension reached over 200,000 Ozarkers a week with Extension research and information in print, via email, on radio and television and online.

Our nutrition assistants introduced new, healthy, nutritious and affordable  foods to over 25,000 county residents this year. Nearly 18,000 of those were youth at area schools.

Nutrition specialists worked with 15 area child care centers during 2013 to introduce new nutrition standards through MU Extension’s Eat Smart Certification program.

Our urban and housing development specialist worked with students at Drury to develop a neighborhood plan for the Rountree Community in Springfield.

Our nutrition specialist has served in a leadership role for the Ozark Food Policy Council which is working to ensure access to healthy nutritious food for all Greene County citizens, regardless of socio-economic status.

The MU Extension business specialist working in Greene County has served 174 people and their companies with business start-up and management counseling, training, and other assistance during 2013. Her efforts have resulted in 59 new jobs and nine new businesses.

Greene County Extension’s Master Naturalists chapter has 63 active members who contributed 5,956 volunteer hours (valued at $111,972) to the community last year. Their efforts have resulted in community gardens, new trails, improved parks and school gardens.

Greene County 4-H has about 200 active youth members and 98 volunteers who contributed over 9,800 hours to 4-H (that time is valued at over $184,000). Clubs in this county can boast of members who have won state, regional and national 4-H competitions this year.

Since 1914, Greene County residents have sought help from Greene County Extension on topics related to agriculture, gardening, 4-H youth, nutrition, cooking, families, housing and business and community development. Now you can make a positive impact by giving monetarily to the Greene County Extension Center to support Extension programs in 2014.

Updated donor lists and information about the 2014 campaign can be found online at Individuals interesting in supporting local Extension efforts can now donate online from that same website. Already, the 2014 effort has received nearly $5,000 in cash donations.

For more information call the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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