Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, especially in Family and Consumer Sciences, have been targeted for significant budget reductions in recent years. Unfortunately for us, sometimes it is difficult to show through numbers in written reports how our programs benefit people in the communities we serve. So, we are working on a project to communicate our message in a different way -- through video. Our video production will show 2-3 minute segments featuring people from the Northern Shenandoah Valley who have been helped by our Family and Consumer Sciences programs in some way through the years.
Perhaps you participated in one of our nutrition programs and have been able to keep your cholesterol numbers low or get your diabetes under control. Maybe you took a parenting class and now that your children are grown you can see how the skills you learned enabled you to raise them to be responsible adults.
You might have worked with one of our financial counseling volunteers, who helped you to get your finances under control and save money for the future. Or maybe as an agency employee or community organization partner, you have seen how our programs have benefited your clients or members. Possibly your life has been impacted through reading this blog or one of our newsletters. Your story does not have to be recent. You may remember working with Karen Poff, Karen Ridings, Brittany Michael, Kathleen Stadler, Doris Trant, Earline Orndorff, Jolene Griffith, Nancy Thompson, or other Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents. Whatever your situation, if you feel that our work has helped you in some way, please consider participating in this project by telling your Extension FCS Story.
We will arrange to videotape your story in February at a time and place that is convenient for you. If you prefer not to be videotaped, we can use your story as an audiotape or in written form. Please contact us and tell others about this project, so that we will be able to show funders the difference our Family and Consumer Sciences programs make in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Karen Lynn Poff, MPA, AFC®
Senior Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
600 North Main Street, Suite 100
Woodstock, VA 22664-1855
Phone: (540) 459-6140
Fax: (540) 459-6147