CC Extension Homemakers - CCEH General Information
Cumberland County Extension Homemakers
Extension Homemakers is a volunteer group that has the goal of developing leadership, supporting worthy community causes, and promoting University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s educational programs in Cumberland County. The purpose of this group remains tied to strengthening and extending adult education into the home and community.
Extension Homemaker group members help to extend the resources of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension into their communities through educational opportunities and service projects. Members generally meet several times throughout the year [often monthly], participate in educational programs, and identify community projects they want to support.
As local members, Extension Homemakers in Cumberland County belong to a local community group. Local groups are involved with assisting with many different community projects such as local food pantries, soup kitchens or homeless shelters, nursing homes, children’s projects, medical program support, scholarships for high school students, and much more. In addition, all members have the opportunity to learn with others, make friends, and contribute to their community and county. They gain leadership skills and are able to share interests and talents with others.
In 2011, 77 Maine Extension Homemakers in Cumberland County participated in monthly community education programs in areas such as food safety, personal safety, nutrition and health, gardening and the environment, financial planning and consumer issues, personal growth and family relationships and cultural and creative arts. They also were actively involved in their communities donating their time, money, and materials to numerous community agencies.
In the past year, Extension Homemakers in Cumberland County have made the following impacts in their communities and to the state of Maine.
They volunteered 2,195 hours in their communities making material items for community agencies, volunteering their time at local community agencies such as food pantries, libraries, hospitals, homeless shelters, assisted living facilities, animal shelters, fire departments, schools, shelters for homeless teens, and shelters for abused families.
The estimated dollar equivalent of volunteer hours in their communities is $30,730 and their contribution of money raised, items made, and hours volunteered is $10,790. The grand total of the value of Cumberland County Extension Homemakers to our county is $41,520.
Local members come together to form a county group led by the Cumberland County Extension Homemakers Advisory Council. The Homemakers Advisory Council has officers, and meets on a regular basis, usually monthly, except during July and August. They coordinate a winter, spring, and fall meeting for the membership, work in cooperation with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to offer public educational programs through educational events throughout the year.
Cumberland County Extension Homemaker membership is open to anyone who is interested in learning new information to improve their personal, family, and community life or who is interested in educating and serving members of the Extension Homemakers groups and the communities. For more information, contact the Cumberland County Extension Office.
For more information please contact:
Cumberland County Extension Homemakers [CCEH]
Phone: (207) 781-6099 or
800-287-1471 (in Maine)
Office hours: weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.