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VCE Emergency Fund

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Virginia Cooperative Extension is responding to today’s unprecedented situation. Extension’s unique structure and many community partnerships have allowed us to positively impact

Specialists and agents are exploring ways to help communities address the many new challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents. Agents are changing in-person programming, creating new ways to reach people online or by phone, and helping essential workers by sewing masks. Extension Master Gardeners have launched new online resources for beginning vegetable gardens.

This fund enhances programming in communities throughout the commonwealth, allowing swift responses to emerging needs.

Please give today.

Some of the ways this fund has already helped are:

  • Virtual workshop series
    Having gone digital in the wake of COVID-19, digital workshops were launched across the commonwealth to maintain VCE and 4-H’s renowned programming. Some topics of Brunswick’s summer series included: Gardening, Health and Wellness, STEAM, and Nature. Parents were able to come by Extension offices to pick up “supplies in a bag” for each topic.

  • Project boxes
    Take-home project boxes consisted of a cooking kit, gardening kit, and a natural resources kit to maintain Extension and 4-H’s quality programming at home in King William, continuing a valuable partnership with families in the area.

  • Partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools
    With children learning remotely in spring 2020, a partnership with Isle of Wight County Public Schools was formed to continue hands-on education in the home by offering experiences with school lunch pickup.

  • Agents make masks for community members
    Extension agents across the commonwealth sewed masks for community members to help keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.