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Home and Community Education Week starts Sunday
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MONROE - The Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education Inc. is getting the word out about the benefits the group offers to rural families in Wisconsin and beyond as it marks Home and Community Education Week from Sunday through Nov. 7.

The fall council will be held at noon Nov. 14 at the Moose Lodge in Monroe, where 14 women will be recognized for more than 55 years of membership.

HCE dates to the extension home demonstration agents who worked in 17 counties to teach women how to use wheat, sugar and meat substitutes during World War 1. In 1940, the first official meeting of County Home Demonstration Councils from 22 Wisconsin counties was held.

In 2015, HCE celebrates its 75-year anniversary. Throughout major changes in technology, lifestyles and the roles of women in society, HCE has brought high-quality educational offerings to its members and communities with the support of UW Extension Family Living programs.

Today, county HCE organizations work on projects that enhance life for communities and the families who live there and throughout Wisconsin and worldwide. The mission of Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education to learn in a social setting, share what is learned and care to make a difference in homes, communities and the world.

Every year, HCE volunteers donate many hours to community service projects. Activities of WAHCE include: The Wisconsin Bookworms program, in which HCE volunteers encourage literacy by reading to low-income children and providing books they otherwise might not be able to afford; Services and Stitches of Love, in which hundreds of items are donated to children and families every year; and international work, in which HCE volunteers contribute annually to the Associated Country Women of the World organization, including providing wells and clean drinking water.

To learn more about WAHCE, visit