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April 2022

Resource Roundup: Recruiting Training and Leading Volunteers in Extension Programs

April is a month for volunteering- the entire month is National Volunteer Month! National Volunteer Month  celebrates the power of volunteers, and it's a great time to evaluate and strengthen your Volunteer recruitment, training, and management in your Extension programs! Volunteers are an extremely valuable asset to Extension. They allow for further reach in communities and provide a community member's perspective and credibility to an Extension program or project. As National Volunteer...

Application for New Technologies for Ag Extension is Now Open, Deadline June 20th, 2022.

New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) is a grant from USDA-NIFA in partnership with Oklahoma State University and it will begin its fourth year starting on September 1st, 2022. The Foundation is inviting your project and program teams aligned with USDA and ECOP strategic goals/priority program areas to apply and receive some funding and support from the Extension Foundation for one full year. Programs with a special focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and climate are encouraged but...

Intro to TRICARE Health Plans & Special Programs

Interested in learning more about TRICARE health care programs for service members, retirees, and their families around the world? OneOp will be partnering with the Defense Health Agency to provide a free professional development webinar on May 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET focusing on basic information and resources for military service providers and community support professionals. We recommend that military families with an individual with disabilities attend this webinar to better understand...

UNH Extension seeks Field Specialist, 4-H Healthy Living: Outdoor Education

The 4-H Healthy Living Field Specialist, located in Lancaster, N.H. with statewide responsibilities, will be responsible for providing leadership in determining needs, establishing priorities, and in developing, marketing, implementing, evaluating and reporting educational programs for the N.H. 4-H Healthy Living pathway focused on Outdoor Education. For more information, visit our website: UNH Extension Seeks an Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Healthy Living: Outdoor Education in Coös...

New EXCITE Podcast: The Role of 1890 & 1994 Engagement Coordinators

We’re excited to share a new podcast episode about the important work of the Extension Collaboration on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE) program. EXCITE is creating a framework that will model new ways for the Cooperative Extension system to engage and reach Extension programs across all three regions. The EXCITE team has developed practices to ensure that under-represented regions are included in the design of the new system-wide effort and that their institutions will be...

What I learned from a 5-day challenge...

These days it seems everyone is doing some kind of "challenge". Truthfully, these make me pretty skeptical and after they try to sell something to you for the first 20-minutes I'm out. This time I stuck with it! Just finished reading " Soundtracks " by Jon Acuff and was curious to learn more about his work. BAM! His Overcoming Overthinking Challenge appeared on his feed and I signed up. Here are the nuggets from each session... Opening The 2 most powerful word in the English language are "me...

ICYMI: Innovative Online Extension Programming and Nutrition Research to Promote Current Dietary Guidelines Using Spices and Herbs

Last week, the Foundation hosted a wonderful group from Penn State University: Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD RD FAHA FNLA FASN CLS Mary Alice Gettings, MS,RDN,LDN,CDCES Samantha Zlotorzynski, MA,RDN Olivia Lawler Penn State Extension planned and conducted Let’s Cook at Home: Herbs and Spices webinar with live food demonstrations to introduce this topic to the public. The participant evaluations guided the design of an ongoing research project to evaluate the effectiveness of short online...

How are you Showing Appreciation for Volunteers?

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? National Volunteer Month celebrates the power of volunteers, and it is a great time for you to show appreciation for the volunteers in your Extension programs! Volunteers are a valuable asset to Extension. Programs depend on reliable volunteers to increase the reach and capacity of Cooperative Extension in a county or state. Ensuring volunteers feel valued, keeping them motivated, and recognizing their efforts are key to developing and...

Keeping the (Social) Work Growing this Month and Onward

The services provided by social workers are crucial to creating and cultivating individual and family wellness. During this time of insurmountable stressors at home and abroad, social workers are pillars in providing vital mental health and behavioral health services. Services that can aid family members in navigating daily anxiety, worry, and trauma. National Social Work Month March was Social Work Month, and the 2022 theme is The Time is Right for Social Work. Over the past three years,...

New EXCITE Interactive Dashboard with Video Feature

EXCITE announces a new interactive Dashboard that displays data of the 72 "Education" programs and 24 "Pilot Projects" of the EXCITE program. This Dashboard was created so anyone can view details and data of their local Extension immunization education projects. The Dashboard data and videos communicate EXCITE's reach, value, and story and it replaces the interactive map after making changes to better serve the projects' needs. View Dashboard View Dashboard Tutorial The Dashboard is easy to...

The "Doctor" is in!

Sport provides such fertile ground for life lessons. There is immediate feedback constantly. You made the shot or missed it. You completed the pass or it was incomplete. You won or lost. The scoreboard is just the start to all the statistics. AND... Since we can't participate and evaluate at the same time, there's always a coach. One of my favorite coaches is Glenn "Doc" Rivers in the NBA. In a Netflix series called " The Playbook " he and 4 other amazing coaches give us their take on " A...

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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