Arkansas Extension homemakers celebrate

Little girl and her mother preparing lunch at home. (Photo: iStock - MixMedia)

As the largest volunteer organization in the state, the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council and its nearly 3,000 members are dedicated to improving their communities and their quality of life.

To recognize the organization’s achievements and contributions to the state, May has been named Extension Homemakers Month in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Extension Homemakers program was started in 1912 by the Cooperative Extension Service, the outreach and teaching arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, to expand the reach of Extension programming.

The organization has a three-part mission: lifelong learning, community service and leadership development.

Laura Hendrix, Extension associate professor of personal finance and consumer economics for the Division of Agriculture and adviser to EHC, said that in 2023, 5,491 volunteers with EHC contributed more than 200,000 hours of community service, valued at $6.7 million.