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Are You Looking For Some Excitement?

Find out what the Extension Homemakers are all about.

Nashville, Ark. – Arkansas Extension Homemakers LogoAre you looking for something to do? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you like to learn new things? If so, being a member of the Howard County Extension Homemakers organization may be for you. Extension Homemakers is a group of people who learn new skills to improve their lives, and those around them. They enjoy helping out those in their community by recognizing needs and meeting the needs of others. They also learn new leadership skills through opportunities in their clubs. Now that restrictions are being lifted, Extension Homemakers are ready to get active once again!

            The Arkansas Extension Homemaker organization is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of over 4,000 and over 350 clubs. In Howard County, we have a membership of approximately 50 members in four clubs. While most of the clubs are centrally located, the ideal goal is to have clubs in all parts of the county. We want new clubs and members!

What type of programs do the Extension Homemakers provide?

            The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service provides education to help Extension Homemakers learn tips and techniques for improving their lives. Many of the educational programs focus on nutrition, health and wellness, financial management, and family life. There are also opportunities for members to learn new ways of doing everyday activities. 

            Helping their communities improve is another goal of EHC. Many members volunteer to help with blood drives, elections, helping people in need and providing needed items for local and state hospitals. At the start of the pandemic, Howard County EHC members made over 1,000 facemasks that were donated across the county and state. The current statewide project is “Nourishing Our Roots, Nourishing Our Future – One Million Meals, One Dime at a Time”. Through this project, members are helping to provide meals and needed items. Clubs in the county have collected nonperishable food items, baby items, and helped distribute those items through local food banks and The Call. They have also collected and donated items to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS on a regular basis. EHC strives to make a difference for those in the hospital and those in need.

             Extension Homemakers also have fun! They invite new people to join their clubs and become active in their communities. They take trips to explore new opportunities and learn new things. The recent Spring Council Meeting was held at Cossatot River State Park where the group learned about one of the newest parks in the state and the only state park in Howard County!

Who can join Extension Homemakers?

            Extension Homemakers is for available for anyone regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

            If Extension Homemakers is an organization you would like to learn more about or to get involved with, contact the Howard County Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.

French Toast Casserole Recipe

            Payeton B,, a member of the Show-n-Shine 4-H Club, made this delicious recipe for the recent 4-H Dairy and Egg Contest where she won 1st Place in the Junior Division, Main Dish Egg Category.

  • 6 eggs
  • Thick Texas toast
  • 2 c. half & half
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ stick butter
  1. Arrange bread slices in a prepared 9x13-in. dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, milk, vanilla, and spices.
  3. Pour the mixture over the slices making sure all of them are coated well.
  4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours before baking.
  5. When ready to bake, combine the brown sugar and butter and spread over the top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

By Jean Ince
County Extension Agent - Staff Chair
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Jean Ince
County Extension Agent - Staff Chair
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852
(870) 845-7517


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.