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Somerset County Extension Homemakers - SCEH General Information

In 2012, more than 100 Somerset County Extension Homemakers will meet regularly in local groups.  Somerset County’s seven groups continue to be active in their respective communities, raising funds for scholarships, donating to their food cupboards and animal shelters, hosting events for senior citizens, and other community based outreach programs.  As a county organization, the Somerset County Extension Homemaker Council has made chair pads for the meeting room and recently began an effort to provide quilts and afghans to the veterans at Togus.   Honoring our veterans will be theme of our 2012 annual meeting on May 11.  Training classes for the year include an armchair visit to Mt. Rainier National Park, Maine Birds, Embroidery Basics, and Tenerife Embroidery.  Other programs at the local level include making stepping stones, casserole totes, and Christmas crafts; exercising while seated, flag facts, book reviews, corn and its many uses, how to read labels, and letter boxing.  Our biggest undertaking this year is the process of developing a web page.  Our new advisor, Deborah Killam, has been instrumental in getting things started again after prior efforts were abandoned due to computer and software changes at the University level.  We welcome Debbie and look forward to working with her.

Highlights from 2011:

Our project for the year was to make chair pads for the metal folding chairs at the Extension Office in Skowhegan.  The chairs are notoriously hard and cold, and we were pretty tired after all our fundraising efforts for the Eyemax last year, so we thought this would be productive and not as intensive.  We took funds from our treasury for the project.  Pat Cameron purchased the filler material and Betsy Lint purchased the fabric and Velcro for fastening, made the pattern, and wrote up directions. The committee members, one from each group, got together, cut the fabric and foam cushion material, and made packets for each group to take for them to sew and return.  We made 40 cushions.  Some will remain on the chairs on a regular basis.  The others are stored in a plastic bin in the storage room and can be brought out when there is a larger gathering.  We had a great time working together and sharing our skills.  Not everyone sews, but we could cut, match, and pin to help those who did.  As a result we have enhanced the comfort of those who may come to meetings and programs at our extension office and hopefully made it all the more enjoyable to be a member of Extension Homemakers. 

2011 Reported Educational Program Participation:

Topic Area

# of Participants

Safety Topics (includes Food, Personal, Community, etc.)

14

Nutrition and Health Topics

125

Gardening and Environmental Topics

83

Personal Growth and Family Relationship Topics

24

Cultural and Creative Arts Topics

202

Other Topics/Programs

113

Total

561

2011 Value of Community Service:

Type of Service

Homemaker Volunteer Hours

Dollars Raised/ Value of Donated Materials

Estimated Value of Volunteer Hours*

Volunteer work for outside organizations/ agencies/ groups

1,481.5

 

$20,741

Items made/ donated to outside community organizations/ agencies/ groups/ citizens

1,457

$5,940

$20,398

Money raised for outside community organizations/ agencies/ groups/ citizens

276

$3077

$3,864

Organizational Service

1,542

$1,940

$21,588

Overall Totals

4,756.5

$10,957

$66,591

Overall Value

$77,548

* # Hrs. x $14.00= Total

For more information please contact:
Somerset County Extension Homemakers [SCEH]
Phone: (207) 474-9622 or
800-287-1495 (in Maine)
FAX: (207) 474-0374
or E-mail us at: someh@umext.maine.edu

Office hours weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail: cesom@umext.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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