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Wayne 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 Wayne 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.


July Dining with Diabetes Virtual Program

Dining with Diabetes - Generational family cutting fresh produce.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 Wayne County

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.


Safely Resuming Events/Activities

A woman with a face mask serves coffee through a drive thru window.

Attendance is limited to the Governor’s and local health department’s regulations, currently less than 25 (as of May 8, 2020). 

Remember that WVU Extension is not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19. If a community has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up on next steps.  


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

A statewide club supporting West Virginia since 1914

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

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

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

Through dedicated service, continued education and leadership development, 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, more than 3,500 members participate in this outstanding program, available in all 55 counties.

Let your light shine conference

Members of WVCEOS are people like you!

Together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, gain leadership skills and inspire community involvement.

Wayne County CEOS Club Meetings

  • The CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.
  • The Buffalo CEOS Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Ceredo.
  • The Wayne County CEOS Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m., at the Extension Office.

For more information about these clubs or the CEOS program in general, contact Cathy Smith at the Wayne County Extension Office.

Learn more about the West Virginia CEOS Program.

Cathy Smith, Program Assistant

Wayne County CEOS News

CEOS Week 2022

The week of May 15 was CEOS Week throughout West Virginia. The week is set aside each year to help raise awareness of the education and community service work of CEOS.

Wayne County CEOS club members put up displays throughout the town of Wayne to promote their organization and the community service projects they do for others. If you or someone you know is interested in quality community service projects, we hope you will consider the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS). Call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn more. 

2022 CEOS Week at Wayne Library

Read about CEOS Week 2022


Quilts of Valor Presentation

The CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club was honored to donate their time and skills to make Quilts of Valor that were awarded to three Wayne Co. Veterans on April 19, 2022. A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” 

For more information about the Quilts of Valor, please go to https://www.qovf.org/. For more information about CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club please call our office at 304-272-6839. Pictured are the Veterans with their Quilt of Valor and with the CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club members.

Quilts of Valor Presentation 4-19-2022

Read about Quilts of Valor Presentation


Plant Swap Highlights

The first annual Plant Swap hosted by the CEOS Garden Club was held Monday April 25 at a pavilion near Beech Fork Marina. Heidi Johnson, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a resident with MU's psychiatry program was one of two guest speakers. Heidi is working to become a Master Gardener. Evan Wilson, Ag & Natural Resource for Wayne-Cabell counties was the second guest speaker. For more information about the CEOS Garden Club, contact the Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Heidi Johnson with her plants

Read about Plant Swap Highlights


Family Nutrition Program

What is the WV Family Nutrition Program (FNP)?

The Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths, and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. FNP encourages the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors by:

  • Teaching nutrition education using the USDA’s MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines
  • Providing food demonstrations
  • Improving access and availability to local community resources
  • Helping participants to stretch their food dollars, plan menus and read food labels
  • Encouraging participants to devote more time to being physically active
Lisa Bell, Health Educator

Support for Wayne County Businesses

Business owners in Wayne County are invited to meet with Kim Donahue of the Small Business Administration to discuss opportunities, challenges and other issues related to their business the first Friday of the month. If school is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, Kim will not be able to be in our office. For more information, please contact the Wayne County Extension Office at 304-272-6839.


Small Business Friday Office Hours

Small Business Saturday

The Small Business Administration and the Wayne County Economic Development Authority worked with the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office to highlight two small business in Lavalette on November 15, 2019 as part of an effort to promote Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019. . The two businesses featured include Girlfriends & Sister Chicks and Creekside Golf Course & Restaurant - both in Lavalette, WV. To learn about this event and similar upcoming events, please contact the  Wayne County Extension Office at  304-272-6839.

Family Resource Network

The Wayne County Extension Office supports the efforts of the Wayne Family Resource Network (FRN). The FRN represents over 70 agencies in Wayne County and provides programmatic and resource support to help improve the lives of families in the area.

FRN meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m., at the Wayne Health Department unless otherwise noted. The Wayne Family Resource Network website features a ‘Look at a Glance’, which provides contact details for a multitude of agencies and organizations in Wayne County.

For more information contact Donna Thompson, FRN Coordinator, at 304-272-6003.

Visit the Wayne FRN Website


Wayne County Community Development Organizations