Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators help improve the quality of life for individuals and families by providing programs to help people increase knowledge and make informed decisions. Educational workshops support economic self-sufficiency and family stability. FCS programs also emphasize best practices in nutrition choices, encourage physical activity, and improve health literacy.

Financial Education

Budgeting and debt management workshops

Classes help participants create effective spending plans, understand how to access and read their credit reports, rebuild and maintain a good credit record, and establish savings. Financial programs can be presented to public, civic and church groups at the Powhatan Village Building, Powhatan Public Library, senior centers, house of worship and other sites. Programs are free of charge. For more information on financial workshops contact Jane Henderson at johns59@vt.edu or call the Powhatan Extension Office at 804-561-2481.

One-on-one financial counseling

The Powhatan County Extension office has a limited number of one-on–one financial counseling sessions available to Powhatan residents. Individuals and families can receive assistance with the creation of a spending and savings plan, reconciling debt, setting and achieving financial goals and other financial issues and concerns. Contact the Powhatan County Extension office to arrange an appointment.

Virginia Cooperative Extension--Financial Management Publications

Publications on a variety of issues including:

  1. Credit
  2. Families
  3. Taking Charge of Finances
  4. Health Care
  5. Home Business Management
  6. Insurance
  7. Loss of Income
  8. Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning.

 

Use these helpful links to increase your knowledge of money management issues:

Go here to get your FREE annual credit report!

Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. This website offers publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.

This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help protect individuals from identity theft, as well as steps to take if it occurs. It is also a comprehensive reference center – for consumers, businesses, law enforcement, and the media – with access to specific laws, contact information, and resources from state and federal government agencies.

  • MyMoney.gov - http://www.mymoney.gov/
    The Federal Government’s website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money – how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet your personal goals.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education classes assist participants learn and adopt good food and nutrition practices that promote optimal health. Programs emphasize sound nutrition choices, encourage healthy lifestyles, support the prevention of chronic disease, and encourage safe methods of food preservation.

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Food and Nutrition Publications

Publications on a variety of issues including:

  1. Health & Nutrition: Cancer Prevention, Heart Disease, Childhood Nutrition, Cooking & Meal Planning, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Shopping, Health & Exercise, Adult and Childhood Weight Management.
  2. Food Safety: Food Borne Pathogens, Safe Food Handling and Food Allergies.
  3. Food Preservation: Canning Methods, Freezing and Dehydrating. 

Use these helpful links to increase your knowledge of topics regarding health, nutrition and home food preservation:

The Federal Government’s dietary guidelines offers information on the five major food groups, and a site where individuals can create personalized eating plans. MyPlate also has interactive tools to help assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Iowa State Extension’s Spend Smart Eat Smart website has a wealth of resources including money saving tips for meal planning and grocery shopping, interactive activities, recipe videos and blogs hosted by ISU Extension nutrition specialists. 

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.

Powhatan County Extension also offers free Pressure Canner Gauge Testing: The dial gauge on your pressure canner lid should be checked at least every 2 years, preferably every year. Bring your canner lid with a dial gauge by the local extension office to have the gauge tested. There is no fee for this service.  

Following is a listing of 4-H clubs and programs offered in Powhatan County. Also included are the volunteer leaders' contact information and specifics about each club. You may contact the Powhatan Extension Office, or the club leaders directly, for details on joining any of these clubs. There are also numerous adult volunteer opportunities in 4-H. Adults may attend 4-H camp as a volunteer, teach camp classes or assist with specialty workshops. If you don't see a club that suits your child, we'll be glad to help you start a new 4-H club. Please contact the Powhatan Extension Office at (804) 598-5640 for further details. 

Click here for 4-H Club Brochure (PDF) .

4-H Newsletter

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

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