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Caregivers Conference 2016


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs hosted a Caregivers Conference on November 4, 2016.

This event created an opportunity for River Region residents to discover resources in such areas as : learning to care for themselves while providing care for others, managing stress as a family caregiver, and discovering how different state and federal agencies may help caregivers. Representatives of several agencies supported the event, and were on hand to work with caregivers in addressing their questions and needs for their families.

Conference exhibitors and presenters included: Ariel Home Medical, Capitol City Health and Rehab, Central Alabama  Aging Consortium, Area Agency on Aging, Davis & Associates, Attorneys at Law; Hospice & Palliative Care Compassus; New Day Senior Care, Community Hospital of Tallassee; Senior Advantage by Baptist Health; Southern Care Hospice, Alabama Caregiver Program, Alabama Lifespan Respit Resource Network, Jones School of Law-Faulkner University, Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Easter Seals of Central Alabama, the Family Guidance Center, First Baptist Church, LifeSouth Community Blood Center, and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

The program was organized and led by Urban Regional Extension Agent Danielle Rudolph, who specializes in the area of 4-H & Youth Development, Family & Child Development.

Conference partners include: the Autauga County Extension Office, the Autauga County Commission, Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Prattville Police Department, Central Alabama Aging Consortium, South Central Alabama Development Commission Area Agency on Aging, Oxford HealthCare, Home Care & Hospice, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and ZHOPE- Zetas Helping Other People Excel.



Autauga County Farm Safety Day

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Wednesday November 16, 2016
R.H. Kirkpatrick Agriculture Pavilion
Autaugaville, Alabama
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

6th Grade Students


A Canned Food Item for the
Alabama/Auburn Canned Food Drive

Reserve your spot today by calling the
Autauga County Extension office at (334) 361-7273
Reservation Deadline October 3, 2016
Limited Space Available

Transportation expenses will be covered by the
Autauga County Extension office, but the
arrangements must be made through the school.

printable poster for the Autauga County Farm Safety Day 2016

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Autauga County Master Gardeners Share Gardening Knowledge

The Autauga County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for their upcoming Fall Class.  Applications received prior to July 15,2016 will receive a $25.00 discount on the class.

Click here for your application Master Gardener Application

For more information about the Master Gardener Program, please contact Regional Extension Agent Mallory Kelley at 334.361.7273.

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Making Nutrition Easy, Tasty and Affordable is a SNAP!

Contributed by:Agent Assistant, Shonda Wright

The Urban SNAP Education Program provides educational classes focusing on nutrition, exercise, food safety, and hand washing. Participants learn how to make wise choices, plan healthier meals, purchase safe foods, apply food safety skills when purchasing, preparing, cooking, and storing foods. Urban SNAP-Education Program promotes good health, wellness, and fitness  through nutrition education for adults and youth.

Also, food demonstrations provide hands-on learning for healthy meals.

If interested in Urban SNAP-Ed classes, please call Program Assistant Shonda Wright @(334) 505-4324 or email syw0002@auburn.edu

Local Residents Learn the Art of Canning

Participants listen to Regional Extension Agent Janice Hall during Canning Workshop

Contributed by:  Regional Extension Agent,Janice Hall

(Autaugaville, AL)  The Autauga County Extension Office held a 2 hour workshop on canning on June 21, 2016 at the Autauga County Extension Office.

Residents from around the River Region learned about food safety while canning high-acidic foods (water-bath canning) and canning low-acidic foods (pressure canning).  They also received information on pickling, freezing, and drying foods.

Regional Extension Agent Janice Hall conducted the interactive class and told participants that being careful is key to food preparation.

“Food safety was an important part of the workshop, so proper canning equipment usage was demonstrated.  Participants reported to us that they were once afraid of pressure canning, but after attending our workshops, they felt more at ease with the process”, Hall emphasized.

Participants were shown some of the different products needed for canning, received a demonstration on using the latest canning equipment, received a Food Preservation Cookbook and sampled a product prepared during the class.

If you are interested in learning more about food preservation, please call the Autauga County Extension office at 334-361-7273.



Give to Grow Alabama 4-H Campaign

Give to the Alabama 4-H Foundation

Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow.

Alabama 4-H many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college and career ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be a leader. Programs offered include science and technology, animals and agriculture, consumer sciences, leadership, citizenship, and environmental and outdoor science.

“Young people have an array of choices in their 4-H experience, individuality is valued, and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents and interests,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director for 4-H programs with Alabama Extension. “4-H also helps young people learn to make good decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership and develop a concern for their community and their world.”

Alabama 4-H’s Give to Grow allows you to support 4-H.

With funding from county, federal and state sources declining and tax dollars only going so far, Alabama 4-H program relies on support from youth, families, Extension specialists and agents, volunteers, partners and donors to succeed.

“Join me in investing in the future of Alabama by making a charitable donation to expand 4-H opportunities to all youth of Alabama; they are our future leaders. The lessons our youth learn today in 4-H will benefit Alabama in the future. Thank you for your generosity and faith in the young people of Alabama,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Give to Grow 4-H donations help fund clubs, camps, enrichment programs and recognition of outstanding young people and adults who are leaders among their peers. When you give to 4-H you enrich young lives through designated support of a project area, event, scholarship or improved facilities.

Your donation can provide the HOPE! You can

  • Send a young person to camp
  • Help a young person build a rocket
  • Support and build new leaders
  • Help a young person learn stewardship
  • Send a young person outdoors to discover the wonder of nature
  • Prepare a young person to take action for today and tomorrow

There are various ways to give to Alabama 4-H.

“Alabama 4-H opens so many doors for young people,” said Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. “By supporting the Give to Grow campaign, you can help expand program opportunities for youth in every part of the state.”

“When you give to grow Alabama 4-H, young people grow in confidence, responsibility, leadership and good citizenship. 4-H affords youth opportunities to learn by doing. Half the globe is under 25 years of age. We need their engagement like never before. There is a world of need out there, but also a world of opportunity. You can make a difference,” Gregg added.

In 2014, more than 138,000 young people –37,591 in 1,863 4-H Clubs and 101,084 in 4-H events and activities, across the state –pledged their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living.

Call the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., office at (334) 844-5536 with any questions.

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering more than six million young people in the United States. As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 county Extension offices.

Thank You! Caregivers Conference 2015

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A heartfelt “Thank You” for your contributions to the 2015 Caregivers Conference on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

2015 Sponsors and ContributorsParticipants of the 2015 Caregivers Conference spent a day learning about support opportunities for caregivers, ways to avoid fraud, steps to keeping healthy, and about opportunities for personal growth.   Urban Regional Extension Agent Danielle Rudolph, who specializes in Family & Child Development with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), chaired this event.   Leading sponsors of this event included:  Cigna HealthSpring, Central Alabama Aging Consortium, Ariel Home Medical, Addus Healthcare, South Central Alabama Development Commission, Alabama Lifespan Respite, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

We will have details in the December issue of the Autauga County Extension Newsletter.


Autauga County Commission Chairman Carl Johnson greets participants at the beginning of the 2015 Caregivers Conference, November 12, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Prattville, Alabama.

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Participants hear from presenters including:  Danielle Rudloph, ACES; Katrina Mitchell, Interim Autauga County Extension Coordinator;  Dr. Paul Brown, author and family caregiver; Metara Austin, ACES; Bill Hawkins, Alabama AARP;David Rose, ACES Autauga Co.; Rev. David Burns, First Baptist Church of Prattville; Dr. Jatnn Gibson, ACES-Auburn University; Brittany Lively, Alabama Lifespan Respite; and Dawne Summeford, First Baptist Church of Prattville.

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AUM Nursing students provided free medical screenings.

(Below) Fun Time Band provides musical entertainment!

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Extension PREPing Others for Employment

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When competing for employment, preparation is key to make sure you stand out among other applicants. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is helping people do just that through its Promoting Readiness for Employment Possibilities employment preparation program.

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, in February 2015, the civilian labor force totaled 2,111,624. This number combines all Alabama residents ages 16 and older who identify themselves as either employed, unemployed or seeking employment.

While these numbers may seem overwhelming, Alabama Extension understands the simple truth that prior preparation prevents poor performance.

Promoting Readiness for Employment Possibilities (PREP) is an initiative created under Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit. The program is designed to equip participants with information to effectively increase their chances of acquiring a job.

The PREP program is designed for adults and high school seniors who are entering the workforce. The ultimate goal is to make sure participants are prepared to be their best self and are ready to be employed upon the completion of the program.

Building resumes, completing job applications, interview skills and professional image are the four areas in the PREP toolkit. The toolkit was developed by the Financial Literacy Across the Lifespan Strategic Program Initiative Team of Alabama Extension and includes interactive materials and take-away products that reinforce the concepts presented in the program.

Heidi Tilenius, county Extension coordinator for Lauderdale County, is one of several agents presenting the PREP program to those interested in expanding their knowledge of what employers are looking for in new hires.

Tilenius, who has been with Extension since July 2013, connects well with the program. Prior to her Extension work, she spent four years working with students at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in career planning and helping get students ready to enter the workforce upon graduation.

“The PREP program is key because people have to be employed,” said Tilenius. “You have to have income to be able to provide for your family.”

Tilenius believes self-awareness and networking is necessary throughout the employment search. She encourages people beginning their employment search to create a list of 50 people they know and where each of these people work.

“You have to know what skills you can provide and how those fit into what the employer is looking for,” said Tilenius. “Your fastest trip to your next job is the network of people you have.”

PREParing a Job Application

Tilenius noted that when filling out a job application, it is important to fill out the entire application. It is important to be able to show an employer that you can follow instructions, and the first way you can do that is by completing the job application fully.

“The employer is looking through hundreds of applications,” said Tilenius. “They’ll scan right past yours if you can’t follow simple directions.”

PREParing Your Resume

When it comes to resumes, it is critical to remember it is not a one-size-fits-all document. Your resume is the place where you can show how what you have contributed to previous positions can be applied to the available employment opportunities.

Looking at the job description for the position is crucial when constructing your resume. It is very common for companies using an applicant tracking system to scan through applications and resumes to find the best fit.

“Take the job description and construct your resume based on what the employer is looking for,” said Tilenius. “The better you can match up in the applicant tracking system, the higher your chances of being called in for an interview.”

PREParing for an Interview

The PREP program’s toolkit provides a list of questions applicants should be able to answer in an interview situation. The program encourages participants not only to look over the questions, but also to take time to write out the answers to the questions.

“When you are in an interview and you freeze up, chances are you will remember the thoughts you took the time to write down,” said Tilenius. “Preparation is the key word when it comes to interviews.”

PREParing Your Personal Appearance

Although there are several varying opinions when it comes to the appropriate dress for interviews, Tilenius believes that there is never an excuse to not be neat and clean.

“You want to dress for the next level up,” said Tilenius. “It is a good idea to make sure your clothes are ironed and pressed. You aren’t owed a job, so make sure you show the company that you respect them, and will be able to represent them well in any position.”

At the end of the day, the PREP program is working hard to put Alabamians to work. And thanks to Tilenius, and other regional agents, Alabama Extension is succeeding in making employment for many a reality across the state.

By: Valerie Cashin, Extension Daily