Pictured are Jasper County HCE Board members with Mayor Mark Bolander as he signs the Proclamation to declare October 14-18, 2019 as HCE Week in Jasper County, in commendation of IAHCE (Illinois Association for Home & Community Education) members for their dedication and commitment to the welfare of local communities throughout our county and state.

HCE WEEK is being recognized and celebrated state-wide to promote HCE, uniting counties in creating public awareness and information about the organization, which was organized in 1924 in Illinois. Originally known as the Home Bureau Federation for farm wives, over the years the organization has continually evolved to meet changing times and needs. Today, HCE is comprised of over 6,200 women and men from 74 associations in 102 counties in Illinois.

The mission of IAHCE is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences, while encouraging responsible leadership and service to the community. Altogether, IAHCE members across Illinois volunteered more than 607,000 hours of their time to service projects last year.


October is a busy month for Jasper County HCE! The annual Butter Braid Sales to benefit the “Support of Youth Activities” (Books For Beginners, Toys For Kids, Scholarship Fund) will be October 1 – 18, 2019. Butter Braid delivery day is Monday, November 4, 2019, at 4:00 P.M. Also,

Books For Beginners will be celebrated during HCE Week. HCE members will read Bug In A Rug to all the kindergarten classes and give each student a copy of the book to take home. Each classroom teacher will also be given a book for her room. In addition, October 19 (Saturday) is the Toys For Kids Fundraiser at The Hill, celebrating their 3rd Anniversary of business & serving pulled pork sandwiches. During October and November, RADA Cutlery will be sold at the Extension Office; all proceeds go to “Support of Youth Activities.”

If you would like to join Jasper County HCE, contact Sarah at the Extension Office (618-783-2521). There are three HCE groups that meet each month, or you may be a mailbox member (newsletters and monthly lessons mailed/emailed to you—no meetings to attend). Dues are $15.00 per year. Everyone welcome!