Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
Due to the pandemic, our county office was closed to the public on March 16, 2020 and did not reopen until May 18, 2020. This caused us to approach our mission from a different viewpoint. Actions were taken to deliver our services to our clientele as seamless as possible and we were successful.
The McIntosh County social media has had direct contact with 2241 individuals with a circulation of 29,215.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
ANR programs provide research-based information in the area of agriculture and natural resources to all residents. Educational programming is developed and designed to assist individuals in making sound economical environmental decisions that affects everyday life.
Consumer horticulture questions are addressed through the Chatham County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Virtual Plant Clinic. McIntosh processed 114 soil samples for both consumer and commercial clients.
4-H Youth Development
McIntosh 4-H adapted programming to continue serving McIntosh youth and schools throughout the pandemic. Prior to in-person activities ceasing in March, Jr/Sr 4-Hers were able to compete in District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center – two earned second place and one first place in their categories! Forty-eight 4-Hers were actively involved in monthly after school clubs. In-school club meetings served every McIntosh County public school student in 4th – 8th grades once per month in the science classroom.
After COVID shutdown, 4-H at every level (local, district, state, and national), pivoted to distance programming to continue making 4-H accessible to youth. McIntosh Co 4-H stocked local Little Free Libraries with activity packets and colored pencils, produced and promoted creation of videos for the McIntosh Reads challenge and held online after school clubs. Over the summer, a multi-county live, online environmental education program (Virtual Coastal Adventures) engaged 36 youth across seven counties.
In 2020 the McIntosh County 4-H program conducted 92 programs reaching 2752 youth.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension specialists, agents and staff assist in addressing real-life issues faced by Georgians of all ages. They provide programs and the latest information on obesity, chronic disease, food and financial insecurity, family stresses, unhealthy housing, food safety and preservation, nutrition and more. To help promote the positive development and safety of preschool, school-aged and adolescent youth, UGA Extension offers resources for parents, caregivers and others. UGA Extension FACS produced videos on timely topics during remote work in 2020. One video for the Read Out Loud Challenge gained a reach of 1.2k and a Handwashing Activity video had a reach of 828. Other videos on topics such as green cleaning and recycling were also produced.
Other health programs managed by UGA include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These classes teach families how to stretch their food dollars, eat healthier meals and snacks, and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Classes were able to be presented through a virtual format in 2020 to continue spreading health information to county residents in a safe way.