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The Wisconsin Association of Home and Community Education and St. Croix County HCE benefits families in Wisconsin and beyond as the group celebrates Home Community Education week on November 4-10.
“HCE has a long and rich history,” says County President Charlotte Croes. “Its work goes back to the emergency home demonstration agents who worked in 17 counties to teach women how to use wheat, sugar, and meat substitutes during World War I.” In 1940, the first official meeting of County Home Demonstration Councils from 22 Wisconsin counties was held.
Throughout major changes in technology, lifestyles, and the roles of women in society, HCE has brought high-quality educational offerings to its members and communities with the support of UW-Extension Family Living Programs. Projects and workshops including sustainable living, cultural arts, food preparation, relationships, money management, and much more will be offered in 2014. Watch your papers for information. Most programs are held at the Ag & Education Center in Baldwin.
The fifteen St. Croix County chapters of HCE work on projects that enhance life for women and families in Wisconsin and worldwide. Some of the group’s goals include representing the interests of women and families on state committees, developing leadership, promoting understanding of international families’ needs, and promoting friendship and understanding across communities. A sampling of HCE’s projects include:
The Wisconsin Bookworms program. HCE volunteers encourage literacy by reading to and providing children with books they might not otherwise be able to afford. Children in New Richmond and Hudson Headstart are recipients of this program.
Services and Stitches of Love. Hundreds of handmade items are donated to children and families every year. HCE volunteers donate hundreds of hours to community service projects, including Grace Place, Family Resource Center, and children and families in need in other countries as well as in Wisconsin and the United States.
International work. HCE members contribute annually to the Associated Country Women of the World. (ACWW) At the state convention, money was given from St. Croix County HCE for the Water Project in memory of our past International Chairman Lynda Pracht.
To learn more about HCE, visit http://www.wahceinc.org or contact Family Living Agent Joan Sprain at the Ag & Education Center in Baldwin to get a listing of contacts for county clubs or information to become an independent member.