Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is celebrating KEHA week Oct. 11-17 across the state. Established in 1932, the state organization’s 13,455 members are dedicated to learning, leading, serving. Programs educate members and the public about topics including heritage skills, attracting and protecting pollinators, nurturing families, food safety, nutrition, reducing waste, leadership, avoiding scams, civic engagement, and more.
Volunteer service is a strong emphasis in KEHA. Members annually report more than 328,000 volunteer hours in support of Extension and community projects with a value of more than $7.3 million dollars to the Commonwealth. Since 1977, KEHA has actively supported the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Donations in the forty-three-year history of this project total to more than $1.5 million.
When the coronavirus pandemic began to affect Kentucky communities in the spring, KEHA members answered the call to meet local needs. Members across the state have made home sewn face coverings for healthcare facilities, community organizations, schools, and more. In August, KEHA joined the statewide Coverings for Kids initiative to provide face coverings for school children and personnel. Thousands of face masks have been made, and this work continues.
Simpson County has 4 local clubs that are involved in local and area community events and activities such as: Relay for Life, People Serving People, Recognizing and Honoring local Front Line Workers, Being 4-H Leaders and many more activities. Homemakers are Learners. Each month there is an educational lesson presented at the club meeting from the University of Kentucky. Homemakers are Doers. Homemakers like to work with their hands doing crafts and making things to make their life and homes attractive and comfortable.
KEHA is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service and education. The organization operates in partnership with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with KEHA members and clubs to provide educational programming and coordinate community activities.
To learn more about the Simpson County Extension Homemakers, contact the Extension office at (270) 586-4484.