While viewing the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy community, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents and volunteers work in Sussex County with a focus on improving wellness for individuals and their families. There are many aspects of overall wellness including nutrition, health, financial management, and family dynamics throughout the life span. As educators, community resources, and links to professionals throughout the community, their goal is to implement effective educational and outreach programs that provide people with the life skills needed to make positive changes, and improve their overall sense of well-being. Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs provide practical, research-based education, which will empower individuals, families, and communities to increase their knowledge and make informed decisions in the 3 FCS pillar areas of:
Volunteers Needed for Family & Consumer Science Program
The Sussex office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences is interested in obtaining passionate individuals that want to hone their skills while working with the diverse residents of Sussex Va. Volunteers are needed in the area of family financial management, volunteer coordinator support, senior educators (older adults).
Comprehensive training takes candidates from entry level to experienced educators, mentors, budget counselors, and other dynamic positions. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend various training, join networking groups, build community partnerships, attend resource fairs, conduct community and internal trainings, and much more.
- Master Financial Education Volunteers* (registration fee applies)
- Master Food Volunteers* (registration fee applies)
- Marketing and Administrative support volunteers*
*Registration cost include: the price of comprehensive educational manuals and CD's, tote bags, aprons for Master Food Volunteers only, food used in class demonstrations for Master Food Volunteers only, name badge or button.
- Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do
- Beating Stress: Challenges, Choices, Changes
- Learning in Families Together: Aging*
- 20 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store
- Boiling Water Bath Canning – Including Jams, Jellies, and Pickled Products
- Healthy Eating for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years Old: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
- Food Storage Guidelines For Consumers
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Education is a key tool to prevent consumer injury. This website offers publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics.
- 4-H Health History Report Form
- Virginia 4-H Standardized Code of Conduct For 4-H Programs/Events
- Standards of Behavior for Virginia 4-H Volunteers
- 4-H Adult Health History Report Form
- 4-H Event Medication Form
- Scholarship Application (PDF | 99KB)
- Other Commonly Used 4-H Forms
- More information is coming soon
Engaging with Communities
Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
- Leadership & Planning
- Community Enterprise and Resiliency
- Community Food System and Enterprises
- Community Planning
- Emerging Community Issues
Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.
Do you have a question about Community Viability?
Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system.
Community Viability Specialists
For issues concerning your crops, lawns or gardens, contact the Sussex office at 804-834-1309 ext. 26