- Offer Educational Opportunities: To promote and extend education aimed toward improved family and community living in cooperation with Family Living Programs, Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension Walworth County, and Wisconsin Association for Home Community Education, Inc.
- Improve Leadership Skills of Members: By encouraging the active participation of all members in carrying out the business and programs of the WAHCE Association.
- Provide Service to Communities: Promote understanding and appreciation for all people and cultures.
Good News is our quarterly communication that is sent to all HCE Members. This keeps members in tune with what is going on within our county and the state organization.
Click the link below to see how HCE is working to provide clean water to people throughout the world!
HCE is a diverse group of adults who gather together to have fun and work hard while learning about new topics, learning about each other, and supporting the community through projects and events. Find out more about who we are and what we do!
The WAHCE, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational and charitable organization. Membership is open to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, ethnic background, residence, or economic circumstances. Our objective is to provide educational programs for members and their communities that will meet current and future social, economic and environmental needs.The organization is unique in that the members extend the information they receive from the University of Wisconsin faculty and other reliable sources to the membership and the community.
WAHCE is an all-volunteer organization. Its success depends on the support and involvement of its members. Members are encouraged to:
- Share their talents and expertise.
- Share leadership responsibilities as a program leader or officer.
- Support fund raising projects.
- Assist with Community Outreach projects.
- Recruit new members.
Program planning and leadership training are provided by a collaborative effort of WAHCE, Inc. and the University of Wisconsin Madison Walworth County Extension – Human Development and Relationships program.
Extension coordinators serve as advisors to both the state and county councils.
Walworth County Fair
Don’t forget to visit the Log Cabin at the fair! The Walworth County Association for Home & Community Education (HCE) will host the Walworth County Fair Log Cabin demonstrations. Daily demonstrations will take place at the Walworth County Log Cabin. Wednesday August 28th from NOON to 6:00PM, Thursday August 29th from 9:00AM to 6:00PM through Sunday September 1st and Monday September 2nd from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
Wisconsin Bookworms™ is a continuing outreach effort of Wisconsin Public Television, UW-Extension Family Living Programs and the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education (WAHCE), designed to provide free books to children who may not otherwise own books: the start of a lifelong love of reading. Reading to young children helps develop a love of reading, along with an enthusiasm for learning. Yet, children from families with limited incomes may not have the opportunity to own many books. The families of the young children become involved in reading to their children and doing family literacy activities with their children.
Stitches of Love
Stitches of Love, was brought to Walworth County by Eileen Guthrie in partnership with Walworth County UW-Extension and WAHCE. WAHCE made it a mission to HCE volunteers to make small quilts for patients living in Nursing Homes or Wheel Chair bound at home. The quilts provide comfort during treatment. Guthrie arranged a sewing meeting and 14 ladies attended the meeting and started sewing the quilts. The following year at state, the group was introduced to making turbans for cancer patients. Guthrie made a sample turban and brought it to the Log Cabin, during fair time, with a note saying, “we would like to start this project.” A woman from Illinois asked, “how much money would it take to start this project? I told her any amount would be helpful,” Guthrie responded. She sent the organization a check for $75.00. During this time, a dear member by the name of Nancy Cushman was suffering from cancer. Her HCE Club Hi Lo’s donated $100.00. The project now had funding. The only thing that was asked of the group was that the project be called Nancy’s Turbans, hence the name. The sewing group has since changed the name to Nancy’s Hats because all of the hospitals that gratefully received the turbans called them hats. Stitches of Love has been active for the past 22 years. The project has evolved and sewers now make quilts, hats, comfort pillows, walker caddies, drain pouches, portable high chair seats, and 100’s of Book Bags for the Book Worm project. Visit the group at the next sewing meeting that meets every month at Millard Church in Elkhorn.
Members-at-large want the benefits of the organization, but cannot attend regular club meetings.
Their work schedules may not coincide with local meeting times, or there may not be a club in their area.
Where and When do Clubs meet?
Some clubs meet in members’ homes while others meet in a public meeting place. The clubs usually meet once a month, from 6-12 times a year, at a time of day or evening most convenient.
Walworth County HCE Executive Board consists of:
- Mary Vander Veen – President
- Audrey Wuttke – Treasurer
- Winnie Shelton – Secretary
- Eileen Guthrie – Education Program Coordinator
- Barb Papcke – Family & Community Life
- Emma Peterson – Wisconsin Bookworms Coordinator
- DuAnn Webb – International Program Chair
- Club Presidents