THE WVU EXTENSION SERVICE

In these pages we invite you to visit the “campus” of the WVU Extension Service—it’s the largest campus of WVU, covering 24,230 square miles and encompassing 55 counties. This very busy campus is the state of West Virginia itself. Each year, WVU Extension county agents, state specialists, and more than 12,000 volunteers of WVU Extension make more than half a million contacts with West Virginians. In a very real sense, the people of WVU Extension are the land-grant mission of WVU. With an office in every county, we help the people of our state—our State of Minds—make their lives better by putting knowledge, research, and discovery to work.

For nearly a century, the WVU Extension Service has provided research-based, timely, reliable, and relevant information, education, and problem-solving programs. Our roots in West Virginia run deep and spread wide, and we are committed to meeting the needs of both rural and urban residents. As WVU Extension Service educators and volunteers, we build and help sustain collaborations and partnerships with people and organizations in West Virginia, to help create safer, healthier, and more productive futures for West Virginians. Our programs and services develop life skills and inspire leaders of all ages, as well as help strengthen families and communities. We develop and teach the best practices for sustainable agriculture, for responsible use of renewable resources, and for stewardship of natural resources. We work to improve our state’s productivity, workforce, and economy.

Utilizing the exceptional scope and power of WVU’s many academic disciplines, Extension educators target social, economic, environmental, and technical problems in communities across West Virginia. And we know those communities well—many Extension personnel work from WVU Extension’s county offices, in or near each county’s governmental seat. Throughout our daily work with local residents, we in Extension often find our lives intertwined with the issues that confront local communities. We are dedicated to helping people find answers that work, by translating WVU’s research and knowledge into action and results.

Serving our land-grant mission is something worth doing together. We will be stronger with your support—because the people of West Virginia expect much from the WVU Extension Service. They expect us to continue to bring the knowledge and discovery of WVU to their schools, their towns, their land, and their lives. They expect us to stand with them, solve problems, and improve our state. We can and will exceed those expectations—but only with your generosity and commitment.

The Trajectory of Success

WVU Extension is a unique and powerful collaboration among federal, state, and local governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, active volunteers, and the national system of land-grant universities.

We provide service to West Virginia in many ways. Best known is our dynamic and historic 4-H program, which touches one in every four West Virginia young people—more than 88,000 kids. Through 4-H youth development, horizons are broadened and lives are transformed. Our family and health programs help West Virginians achieve healthier, more satisfying lives. Our dedicated community, workforce, and economic development initiatives support and revitalize West Virginia communities. Leading-edge agriculture and natural resource education from WVU Extension helps our citizens use valuable resources more wisely and enables our farmers to manage crops and land more efficiently and effectively. And through WVU Jackson’s Mill—America’s first state 4-H camp and now the home of many state youth camps, heritage and nature education programs, and learning opportunities for people of all ages—guests enjoy an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Agriculture and Natural Resources agents and specialists work with farmers, landowners, and communities to support local agriculture, encourage wise use of natural resources, and help small family farmers increase their profits. We continue to be the trusted source for answers to home and garden questions. And we work to ensure a safe food supply.

Families and Health faculty help families thrive by providing research-based knowledge, skills, and resources for healthier lifestyle choices, including being physically active and improving diets by selecting and preparing healthier foods. WVU Extension helps young people and adults understand successful ways to save, spend, and manage resources. We provide education about food preservation, handling, and storage. Adults with young children receive education about developmentally appropriate practices for creating nurturing environments. And our faculty members work with adults to build leadership and interpersonal skills and provide an ongoing avenue for continued learning and global community involvement.

4‑H Youth Development professionals and programs provide educational, fun, and safe opportunities for young people to make friends, learn, and grow. Positive youth development promotes independence, generosity, and mastery of new skills. Healthy lifestyles; science, engineering, and technology; and development of good citizenship skills are emphasized. And our literacy programs strengthen children’s reading skills and promote the benefits of adults and children reading together.

Community, Economic, and Workforce Development experts help to promote collaborative community projects and expand the capacities of local businesses and governments—building local leadership skills, increasing and attracting employment, improving retail opportunities, and providing information and recommendations on downtown revitalization, tourism, and more. We also help West Virginia communities prepare for and cope with disasters.

Priorities for Tomorrow

T he WVU Extension Service has identified a list of essential funding priorities that, with your vital support, will power our contributions to the people and businesses of West Virginia. A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University is the vehicle through which you can make a difference for students and faculty members as well as our state, national, and global communities.

  • Enhancing Undergraduate Student Experience and Global Education
  • Enhancing WVU through Professional and Graduate Education
  • Fostering Faculty Excellence
  • Improving West Virginia’s Health, Economy, and Quality of Life

To learn more about these funding priorities download the WVU Extension Service campaign brochure or contact Brent Clark at 304-293-8622. To learn more about the WVU Extension Service visit ext.wvu.edu.