Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council
AEHC state meeting - August 12-13, 2020
August 12th and 13th are the dates for AEHC State Meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Following Arkansas Department of Health Guidelines, attendance will be 66% of capacity for Horner Hall. Also following ADH guidelines there will be temperature checks, masks worn, sign in log, and six foot distancing.
CLICK HERE to register. Deadline is July 27,2020. Registration will be $50.
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One Million Meals Donation Drive
The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council is raising money to provide 1 million meals. It’s part of our “Nourishing our Roots; Nurturing our Future” campaign to help fellow Arkansans. We’re partnering with food banks across the state to leverage our food buying power. Just $1 can help provide anywhere from 4 to 10 meals. Please consider making a donation today. Your gift will go directly to the food bank of your choice and may just mean the difference between someone having a meal or going without.
Food Insecurity Statewide Community Service Project
Food insecurity in Arkansas is on the rise. We are trying to bring awareness to this issue and be an ally to those in need.
What will we be doing to help?
Addressing food insecurity is our statewide project.
What are our goals?
- Provide one million meals by 2021. By focusing on food insecurity, we hope to make a difference by working together and lowering the number of people who do not have access to food.
- Partner with state food banks and local food pantries.
Roberta Shankle, Chairperson State AEHC Project
Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick
- Stay home as much as possible
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet (about two arms length) between yourself and others.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wear a cloth face mask if you have to go out in public.
- Click here to learn more from CDC.
Face Masks Community Service Project
As supplies of commercially produced medical face masks run low, many essential workers are in need of cloth face masks. EHC members have sewn and donated more than 7,000 face masks for local healthcare and other essential workers.
Where are face masks needed?
Arkansas Department of Corrections, UAMS in Little Rock, UAMS Oncology for Women in Little Rock, Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Our House Shelter in Little Rock have requested homemade face masks. If you are interested in donating to theses facilities contact Rachael Price at email@example.com. She will be able to give you more information regarding drop off, who to contact and more.
Arkansas Pharmacists Association has reached out to AEHC for masks. Pharmacist are essential workers along with doctors and nurses during COVID19. Check with a local pharmacy to see if they need face masks or contact your local FCS agent to find a pharmacy near you.
If you or your members have made and donated masks please email Rachael and let her know. She will need to know your name, club name, number of masks made and where they were donated.
How can I find a pattern?
Local medical facilities may have preferences for the types of homemade masks they will accept. Please contact your local facility if you would like to donate. Or join Let's Sew Face Masks. Let's Sew Face Masks is coordinating supply of mask making volunteers with requests from facilities around Arkansas.
Walk and Win with EHC
Walk Across Arkansas is an online, beginner friendly community designed to help everyone increase movement. The Spring 2020 dates are March 16th – May 10th. Each district will recognize one EHC team for the most movement logged by team members. Winning teams get bragging rights and a traveling trophy to be housed in the local, county office. Together you can win.
How can we take part?
- Sign up for Walk Across Arkansas
- Register your team (3-8 members) as an EHC group.
- Log your physical activity time.
- Have fun and move more with your EHC friends.
AEHC National and International Affiliate Organizations:
Laura Hendrix, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Personal Finance
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204