Davie ECA hosts district meeting, awards scholarship

Published 12:04 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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The Extension and Community Association is a statewide volunteer organization for  N.C. Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach component of NC State and NC A&T State universities.

Members provide volunteer support for local causes in their communities and have opportunities for attending conferences and workshops, leadership development, networking and helping others, said Colleen Church, Davie Extension director.

The Davie County Extension and Community Association (ECA) hold an annual soup lunch fundraiser to support a high school senior scholarship fund.  This year, ECA members provided a $750 scholarship to Jackson Pierce, son of Rodney and Lynette Pierce of Mocksville.  Jackson will attend Montreat College in the fall, where he plans to study environmental science.

“We were so impressed with this young man and wish him the very best in this exciting time as he begins his college education,” said Jeanne Gilbreath, Davie ECA president. “We are also so thankful for the community’s support over the years allowing us to continue providing these scholarships to Davie County youth.”

Members of the Davie ECA hosted 97 ECA members from the district last month at the First UMC Family Life Center in Mocksville. They enjoyed refreshments and learning about herbs from Laura Mathis of Johnson House Bakery and Tea Room in Farmington.

Mark Hager, president of the Davie County History Museum, provided a history lesson on Daniel Boone and his ties to Davie County.

Joe Kennedy from the Boys and Girls Homes of NC thanked ECA for continued support and shared stories of youth that had benefited from donations.

Members will travel to the NC ECA State Meeting in Kill Devil Hills in October.

“We are always looking for new volunteers and welcome new members at any time. We have some very talented crafters in our group and are planning to hold a hands-on craft workshop for the fall as folks start thinking about the holidays.  We often need volunteers to support cooking programs and community outreach events. Meetings and volunteer opportunities are held monthly, with planning meetings held on Wednesday afternoons,” Church said.

For more information, contact Church, at 336.753.6100, or Gilbreath, at 336.998.6149.