Knowledge for Life  September 2015
Support from Johnson County Extension Education Foundation Funds Three 4-H Programs
The 4-H Youth Development program has benefited greatly from the help of the Johnson County Extension Education Foundation (JCEEF) grant program. Three grants were funded that will help expand youth development programming.
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Capturing Teachable Moments at the VITA Site
Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site continues to thrive, helping more than 1,000 low to moderate income people complete and electronically file Federal and State income tax returns. Because the tax preparation assistance is free of charge, each taxpayer saves an average of $250 in tax preparation fees.
Community Garden at the Center of Grace
Reaching out to Johnson County's growing Hispanic community has been a focus of the Extension community development program. The idea for a community outreach garden was brainstormed and brought forth at one of the monthly Hispanic taskforce meetings. The Center of Grace, through a staff member with their ESL program showed interest. Five years later the community garden is thriving.

Research-Based Nutrition = A Healthy Community
Where do you turn when you need an answer? Can you trust that the information is accurate? School districts turn to Extension to provide scientific research-based programming to supplement their teachers' curriculum.
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Touch-A-Truck Teaches Suburban Families About Agriculture 
What's the value of helping consumers know where their food comes from? The answer is to have an awareness of how our life sustaining food is grown, processed and delivered to our tables. We don't want to take the safest and least expensive food supply in the world for granted.
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Demonstration Garden Support 
Johnson County Extension and the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program have longed used demonstration gardens as a teaching tool. What better way to help educate the residents about plant selection, cultural practices and environmental practices than by seeing real plantings cared for by avid gardeners'?
Johnson County Extension Education Foundation 
The Johnson County Extension Education Foundation (JCEEF) was organized in 1997. It raises funds for Johnson County Extension.

Extension serves the community as a whole with low cost or free programming developed to help special needs and underserved audiences.

The Foundation is an advocate for Extension in our community.

Your contribution benefits the community by helping us extend information into the hands of our residents.

Director's Corner 
with Dan Lekie 
This issue of Knowledge for Life is dedicated to the Johnson County Extension Education Foundation, or JCEEF.

The JCEEF was organized in 1997 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The primary purpose of JCEEF is to be an advocate for and increase the visibility of Extension in the community by raising and granting funds to further Extension programming.

Projects and activities in our core programming areas of Ag and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H and Youth Development, Community Development and Horticulture have benefited greatly in the past from these grants. In fact the Foundation has provided over $61,000 in small grants to support these programming areas since 2003. Several more recent grants are highlighted throughout this issue of KFL.

The majority of the money raised by the JCEEF comes from membership dues and an annual dinner and auction event. Membership applications are available by clicking here Membership Application.

Please save the date for our dinner and auction this year which will be held at the Extension office on the evening of Saturday, November 14, 2015. I truly appreciate your support of K-State Research & extension Johnson County and hope you will consider joining the JCEEF which will allow us to further enhance our educational programming. Thank you.

Classes & Events
September and October Classes

Sept. 1 Orientation for Upholstery Workshop
Sept. 1 Gentle Yoga
Sept. 2 Get Financially Prepared Before a Disaster
Sept. 7 Emerald Ash Borer - Trees for KC
Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 Kitchen Confidence - Intro to Basic Cooking Skills and Technique
Sept. 11 Social Networking
Sept. 13 Upholstery Workshop Setup at the Fairgrounds
Sept. 14 - 18 Upholstery Workshop
Sept. 24 Festive Vegetarian Dish
Sept. 26 Etiquette for Girls & Boys
October 1, 8 and 15 Retirement Planning Today
Oct. 5 - Dec. 30 Strong People
Oct. 6 Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Do They Make Sense For You?
Oct. 6 - 29 Gentle Yoga
Oct. 8 & 9 Falling Less in Kansas
Oct. 9 Social Networking
Oct. 24 Etiquette for Girls & Boys
Oct. 27
Organizing Your Important Papers