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Extension & Community Association

Orange County 

Extension & Community Association

is for You!

The North Carolina Extension & Community Association, formerly known as the Extension Homemakers Association, is an adult volunteer organization that works within the communities to empower families and individuals to improve their quality of life.

Our mission is to strengthen families through:

  • Leadership Development
  • Community Action
  • Educational Support through research-based education from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University

Do you know about our work in Orange County?

ECA was originally known as the Home Demonstration Clubs. These clubs were established as a way for the few Extension Agents we had, to collectively educate the community about family living, health, home sanitation, and “child training” among other things. Home Demonstration Clubs evolved into Home Economics Clubs and then into ECA which is related to our Family and Consumers Sciences program.

Our first two clubs were officially established in 1935 and both are still part of Cooperative Extension and ECA, but as early as 1923, Orange County Home Demonstration Clubs began volunteering their time getting involved in community improvements. In the ’40s, club members knitted sweaters and socks for service men and sponsored drives to collect what we now call recyclable materials to be used in the war.

If you ask anyone that has lived in the county for a long while, they will probably know someone that was part of these clubs. Maybe even themselves or a family member were part of what is now the Extension and Community Association.

Last year ECA members contributed with 8,261 hours of volunteer service which totals $199,421 in in-kind contributions to Orange County.

How can I Join ECA?

Please contact our FCS Agent for more details about Orange County’s ECA Clubs:

Ivelisse Colón, FCS Agent – Phone (919) 245-2055, Email:

2019 NC Extension & Community Association  State Conference

Lake Junaluska Conference Center

Sunday, October 20th – Wednesday, October 23rd

Haywood County, NC

Come and join us where the lake meets the mountains in beautiful Haywood County’s Lake Junaluska. This year registration is the same as last year’s, $140, but the schedule has changed. Transportation will be provided by your FCS Agent. For more information click on the following link: Conference Registration

Orange County ECA Council meeting dates:

Wednesday, September 4th – NC Cooperative Extension office
Wednesday, November 6th – NC Cooperative Extension office

Quick Reminders:

  • August 1st, 2019 – TarHeel Homemakers eNews submission deadline to Geri Buschel at
  • August 15th, 2019 – NCECA Conference Registration Packet to be mailed
  • October 1st, 2019 – TarHeel Homemakers eNews submission deadline to Geri Buschel at
  • October 20th-23rd, 2019 – NCECA State Conference – Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska, NC
  • December 1st, 2019 – Individual members’ reports due to Club President to compile into club report.

  • December 1st, 2019 – TarHeel Homemakers eNews submission deadline to Geri Buschel at

Stay in Touch with our Newsletters!

Tar Heel Homemakers E-News August 2019

Tar Heel Homemakers E-News June 2019

Tar Heel Homemakers E-News April 2019

Tar Heel Homemakers E-News February 2019


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