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Monroe County Family & Community Development

WVU Extension experts are at the forefronts of health and relationship education in West Virginia communities. For parenting tips, relationship education and information about family programs, visit WVU Extension's youths and families section. For recipes, nutrition advice, heart health information, fitness tips and more, check out our food and health section. The Family Nutrition Program shows people better ways to maximize value while cooking healthy meals.

We’re always looking for ways to help strengthen West Virginia and the people and communities that make our state great. Visit WVU Extension's community, business and safety section to learn about these programs. With everything from community and tourism development to our Community Educational Outreach Service, we’re impacting many counties throughout the state. We also have information on home safety, occupational safety and disaster preparedness, along with the Fire Service Extension that trains firefighters in communities across West Virginia.

Food & Health News for Monroe County

Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

A close up of a couple cutting produce and cooking healthy meal.Dining with Diabetes - National Extension Working Group.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes that run once a week for four consecutive weeks (times vary to provide participants flexible options). A follow-up class will be scheduled three to four months later. Participants are expected to attend all classes. Dining with Diabetes is a free program that is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their family members, and their caregivers.

October Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

Mother showing her daughter how to cook.Dining with Diabetes - National Extension Working Group.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes that runs once a week for four consecutive weeks. A follow up class will be scheduled three to four months later. Participants are expected to attend all classes. Dining with Diabetes is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their family members and their caregivers.

Community, Business & Safety News for Monroe County

2023 Spring CEOS Conference Recordings Hearts of Gold is a service dog training program providing service dogs for individuals with mobility impairment and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Partnering with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Interdisciplinary Curriculum of West Virginia University, the program offers university courses in service dog training, is developing research activities and provides many other services to the community.

This 1-Hour training will help you; Recognize the warning signs of suicide, Know how to offer hope, Know how to get help and save a life.

This workshop will show you the basics of making charcuterie. What is needed, how to fill a board, presentation, nutrition and food safety.

Family & Community Development Webinars

Presenter: Tony Michael, Professor, Program Director, WVU Extension Family and Community Development

Join us Monday, January 31, for an Intro to Sustainable Rural Tourism Development Webinar

Like a pathway in a lush forest, sustainable tourism requires communication and collaboration to build a mentality of "haves" and "cans" in rural areas of places like WV to not be seen as competing for precious resources.

The 2022 Sustainable Rural Tourism Webinar Series kicks off at 11 a.m., on Monday, January 31 with an introduction to the concept. People interested in tourism and tourism professionals should plan to register online to attend throughout the year. Recordings will be available afterward for those not able to participate in person. 

Doug Arbogast, WVU Extension tourism expert, suggests participating in the series is a way that newcomers and veteran experts can come together to collaborate and create a brighter future for tourism in the Mountain State.

Community Education Outreach Service (CEOS)

All About Community Educational Outreach Service

Members of WVCEOS are people like you!

Together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, serve their community and socialize. Join the CEOS organization by calling your local WVU Extension office and start making a difference today.

I ladies hands doing some crafts.

A statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914

WVCEOS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization functioning in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension. It is one of the largest educational organizations in the nation.

Over the past decade, West Virginia CEOS members performed more than 5.6 million hours of service for communities in need.

CEOS program areas of emphasis include preserving the environment, building family strengths, and increasing awareness of our global interdependence.

Through dedicated service and continued education, CEOS members strengthen individuals, families and communities across West Virginia.

In West Virginia, the first club (then a Farm Women’s Club) was established on December 14, 1914. Today, approximately 2,000 members participate in this outstanding program, available in all 55 counties.

In Monroe County, the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) was first organized as the Farm Women’s Club in 1938 by Virginia Campbell, Home Demonstration Agent. Many women became members and many clubs were organized in communities throughout the county.

Then in 1954-1958, the name was changed to the Home Demonstration club. In the late 1960’s, the name was changed to the Extension Homemakers Club. More recently in 1998, the name was changed to the CEOS representing Community Educational Outreach Service.

Today in 2011 there are four clubs: Sinks Grove (1940), Lindside (1970), Hillsdale (1946), and Monroe Connections (2010).

It’s evident our members strived to reach the goals of strengthening individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. We are open to all and men now join our CEOS groups!