2018 Wake County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 29, 2019

I. Executive Summary

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension program in Wake County represents a partnership between Wake County government, the land grant universities in the State and the community, including the customers we serve, the Advisory Leadership System within the County and our extraordinary volunteers. Together we are working to align resources with substantiated needs and priorities, the strategic initiatives of both systems and the goals established by the Wake county Board of County Commissioners. In 2018, the Extension Center in Wake deployed 31.75 fte's and $2,386,420 (County and NCSU Budgets) in support of efforts to enhance the lives, land and economy in Wake County.

Extension professionals in Wake County provided shared leadership to the evolving Social and Economic Vitality goal established by the Board of County Commissioners; the Youth Thrive collective impact initiative for young people and the official adoption and implementation of a Comprehensive Food Security Plan for the County using a Food Systems approach, in conjunction with the Capital Area Food Network. Additional community leadership included work with the establishment of an initiative targeting Adverse Childhood Experiences and the exploration of a broader Building Community Resiliency Model with Smart Start, Human Services and the John Rex Endowment. In the Agriculture and Natural Resource areas we continue to support the collaborative efforts of the Watershed Education Network, the Wake County Agribusiness Council and Wake County Farm Bureau Board. Extension within the County has extensive partnerships with the Wake County Public School System, the SE Raleigh Promise, the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Police Department,the Hope Center at Pullen Memorial, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, Wade Edwards Learning Lab, Habitat for Humanity, the Healing Place, Neighbor2Neighbor, the Poe Center for Health Education, Passage Home, Partners Against Trafficking Humans, the Salvation Army, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Alliance Medical Ministries, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and Triangle Land Conservancy.

Internally within County Government, integrated programming efforts are in place with the WCHS Communicable Disease and Health Promotion Programs and Child Welfare; the Long Range Planning Department and Parks, Recreation & Open Space Program within the Community Services Department; the Water Quality Division, Food Inspectors, Animal Control and Integrated Pest Management planning within Environmental Services and Wake's Soil & Water Conservation Department. These service integration efforts represent significant strategies jointly developed and often jointly delivered with other County employees. They help to build a case for effective and efficient use of shared resources and reflect shared decision-making about the deployment of resources where Extension shares accountability for efforts with other County departments.

In calendar year 2018, Extension staff reported a substantially larger and record number of face to face contacts, 305,318 face to face contacts recorded with Wake County residents. This increase does represent the fact that we have a productive and capable staff but also a renewed effort to ensure that all Extension employees working under the auspices of Cooperative Extension in Wake County are accurately and consistently reporting face to face contacts. In the past, several employees not paid through the University system were not being included consistently in collective reporting efforts. This number is a better reflection of the face to face contacts / interactions among the entire Extension staff in Wake County.

~The Wake County Board of County Commissioners and two municipalities have adopted the Comprehensive Food Security Plan; 80% of the strategies outlined in the plan have been initiated; 16 seasonal AmeriCorps Members and 4 full time VISTA's completed their term of service in support of local food security efforts, the Food Security Workgroup continues to support strategies for the 25 schools providing universal free breakfast; including 4 new pilot efforts to deliver breakfast to students in innovative ways known to increase participation in the program. The Growing Food Security Leaders projects were expanded this past year utilizing a $15,000 grant from NC A&T State University; Extension Master Gardeners are in the process of partnering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to host a teaching and production garden to support expansion of production capability to affiliated food banks across the County and to pilot a new School & Community Garden Garden Mentoring Project and to promote food production gardens, with intergenerational support at food pantries across the County. The new Food Security Manager has been instrumental in each of these achievements as well as bringing online and supporting the 14 school-based food pantries; revamping the community engagement, Coordinating Committee structure and leveraging resources to pilot new strategies designed to enhance the results of the Summer Food Service Program and to work with Human Services Regional Directors to pilot a Regional Food System pilot in Northern Wake.

~In 2018, the Social & Economic Vitality Initiative made substantial progress in establishing two place-based, anchor assets in the pilot geographic zones identified by the County; considerable progress was made establishing an effective model to engage under-served communities in concrete strategies addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, including a new effort with 4-H and Wake County Public Schools to support restorative practice reducing student suspensions and community leadership development. A new partnership was established with Extension's assistance between the NC State Office of Outreach & Engagement and Wake County, including a specific funded activity to engage in building non-profit capacity in our target zones. Youth Development camps were implemented in both anchor communities and 4 separate resident and community-based action teams continue to work to amplify the communities voice, providing valuable input into new programs and policies. In addition, new educational programming was delivered related to disaster preparedness and fair housing practices in these specific areas which are experiencing significant gentrification.

~In 2018, Wake County 4-H served 7,089 unduplicated youth, with 5,160 youth participating in six or more hours of programming. Of these youth, 944 were involved in foster care, kinship care or other out-of-home placement, or were involved in the juvenile justice system. 4-H also reached 1,055 adults with educational programming related to positive youth development. Examples of adult training include Youth Mental Health First Aid, parenting and caregiver skills, 4-H volunteer training, and adolescent health training for adults. Wake County 4-H had 21 community-based 4-H clubs in 2018 and 4-H provided staff- and volunteer-led programming at 75 sites throughout Wake County. The 4-H program serves public, private and charter schools throughout the county, as well as homeschooling families. 4-H provided school enrichment programs for 42 classrooms in WCPSS in 2018. The recidivism rate of at risk school age youth served was 2%; meaning 98% had no further contact with the juvenile court system; 94% of youth engaged in healthy lifestyles programming increased their practice of healthy behaviors; 1931 youth and adults increased life skills and 2,185 youth increased in STEM knowledge.

~In the Agriculture and natural resource areas, Extension delivered 25 training and certification workshops targeting local municipal and county partners with 3500 stormwater managers trained in innovative stormwater practices. Through environmental stewardship efforts 50 pesticide credits were awarded and 1383 participants and participants involved in continuing pesticide education activities recycled 1975 lbs of recycled waste. Staff also increased on-farm trials and hosted multiple field days with 73 area growers and agents to share results.

~Master Gardeners continued their partnered efforts with Habitat for Humanity in landscaping and lawn maintenance and offered a newly developed and award-winning Ready Garden Grow curriculum and classes at 4 Regional Libraries across the county. Master Gardener volunteers also continued their partnership with the Healing Transitions Garden for men & women in residential substance abuse treatment programs, worked to establish a stronger relationship with Passage Home and increased their outreach with School & Community Gardening efforts including the new partnership to establish a Garden Mentoring Program in conjunction with production gardens at local food pantries.

~In 2018, 1387 volunteers from Wake County contributed more than 82,598 hours of service.

Wake is anticipating a growing demand for urban agriculture programs, broader campus-based partnerships including a need to leverage expertise from our land-grant system to collect, analyze, manage and use "big data" to support more informed public policy. In addition, we continue to look for stronger impact through enhanced social media, media outreach and an enhanced web presence. Challenges this year include being responsive to the impact of the Raise the Age Campaign and resulting legislation as well as the loss of a significant coordination effort currently leading the education and awareness campaign for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The cost of land continues to rise, farmers are struggling to generate the profit annually to sustain farming as a way of life. New crops, consumer education and innovative practices will be needed if we are to continue to promote the sustainability of working farms and increasing our local capacity for food production.

II. County Background

In January, 2018, Wake County, the Capital seat of North Carolina, was home to more than 1,130,000 million people. It is the 2nd fastest growing county in the nation with a population over 1 million. Wake continues to be named among the top counties in the country to live, work, play and raise children. The county sees 67 new residents each day and continues to lose 13,800 acres of open space each year to other uses. Forty-eight percent of Wake's population has achieved a bachelor's or higher post secondary degree compared to 27% statewide. The median age has risen to 35; unemployment has fallen to 4.7% and the median income is now $67,000. Additionally, the County has been named either the healthiest or 2nd healthiest county in the state the last seven years according the National County Health Rankings. Of note, approximately 10% of the state's total population and 10% of the state's population under 25 live in Wake County. While the percentage of Wake's population living below the poverty rate is smaller than many counties at 11%; that number represents approximately 124,600 people, a population larger than the total population of 78 counties in North Carolina.

North Carolina State University's Extension program in Wake County represents a partnership between Wake County Government, the land grant universities in the State and the community including the customers we serve, the Advisory Leadership System within the County and our valued volunteers. Together we are working to align resources with substantiated needs, the strategic initiatives of both systems and the goals established by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. In 2017, the Extension Center in Wake County deployed 34.5 staff and just over $2.3 million in support of efforts to build human capital among individuals, contribute to the health of the community and vitality of our local economy. Core programs include Food, Agriculture and Youth Development.

Extension professionals in Wake County contribute substantially to the communities infrastructure to support collective impact. Extension provides shared leadership to the County's Priority Goal for Social & Economic Vitality, the Youth Thrive collective impact initiative for young people, the development of the Capital Area Food Network and the establishment of a comprehensive plan for Food Security. They also contribute through their support of Advocates for Health in Action, the Watershed Education Network, Wake County Smart Start, the Wake Partnership for Post Secondary Success, the County's Emergency Animal Plan and the Community Health Integrated Strategies Team within Human Services. Extension has significant partnerships with more than 70 organizations and all 11 municipalities and strong integrated program efforts are in place with the WCHS Communicable Disease and Health Promotion Programs within Public Health; LINKS and Relative Caregivers within Child Welfare; the Water Quality, Environmental Health & Integrated Pest Management Divisions within Wake County Environmental Services.

In 2016-2017, the Wake Extension Center collaborated to initiate several new programs & initiatives. The SE Raleigh Edition of the Innovation Challenge ignited local partnerships with the City of Raleigh, Wake County, Carolina's Small Business Development Group, United Way of the Triangle and the SE Raleigh Promise. We worked together to leverage and invest 120K in social entrepreneurship projects developed by residents from SE Raleigh for SE Raleigh addressing Social & Economic Vitality effort for youth and adults. Our work with the Food Security Work Group and the Capital Area Food Network, culminated in funding, development and adoption of a comprehensive Food Security Plan, Moving Beyond Hunger, which broadened the County's approach to embrace the entire food system, broadened public input and established infrastructure for coordination & management of shared measures across the community related to this critical issue in our community. In addition, Extension is responsible for initiating, acquiring and managing a partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service with Wake County to deploy four full time VISTAs throughout our community to help build capacity and support meaningful food security efforts through effective mapping and utilization of data, strengthening the food policy council and focused efforts to expand the Summer Food Service Program as well as aligning specific strategies within hot spots targeted by our Social & Economic Vitality Community Pilots. With Extension as a primary partner, Youth Thrive, released the Blueprint for Youth Success; a Call to Action for the Community to rally around the elimination of Suicides among young people, a strong bullying prevention campaign and a focused effort to help middle school students gain access to college visits, supporting post secondary success efforts among under-represented populations. The County's 4-H program expanded their efforts to provide sexual health to vulnerable populations of young people including those in detention centers and in several group homes in our area; engaged Latino students in 3 area schools to increase school commitment and positive sense of future, continued efforts to support leadership development and life skills attainment among foster youth as well as hundreds of young people engaged through 4-H clubs in the County.

Wake County 4-H Youth Development provided significant educational opportunities and supports to 3,464 youth. Ninety percent of these youth participated in staff facilitated life skills education groups or camps and ten percent were involved in volunteer led clubs. In order to reach limited resource families and priority populations identified by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and public health systems these services were delivered at 72 locations across the county. An additional 798 youth were reached through community outreach and school enrichment activities in cooperation with NCSU faculty and staff. 4-H also reached 1,698 adults through a variety of educational programs designed to increase self-sufficiency and promote adoption of best practices in positive youth development among family caregivers and community organizations. As a result of these efforts, 2,547 youth and adults demonstrated effective use of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management and adoption of health behaviors), and 518 individuals increased their knowledge of community resources they could access to sustain success in the future.

Volunteers continue to be a vital part of our educational delivery system in Extension. A new general orientation for all Extension volunteers is now in place improving the experience for potential volunteers and creating additional ambassadors for Extension. The County has 168 trained Master Gardener Volunteers, 105 members of Extension in the Community Association and more than 530 adults who volunteered last year through 4-H.

In 2018, the Wake Extension Center will continue to sustain and expand the effectiveness of these partnerships and educational services to consumers, youth & families, professionals and colleagues. Extension staff will continue to provide crucial infrastructure for collective impact initiatives in the community addressing Social & Economic Vitality of Vulnerable Communities, Youth Development, Food Security, Food Policy and Water Quality. These efforts will require Extension to play a vital role in advancing shared measurement systems, which will mean focusing on data collection across systems, using data for shared decision-making and better understanding the impact of specific strategies related to several key issues and populations. Our work in this area will be vital to engaging more grassroots voices and building community leadership and the development of a human capital pipeline in pilot areas. Our work in Agriculture and Natural Resources is crucial to helping our farmers sustain viable income that allows them to preserve their farms and production capacity for the future. Agriculture agents are working to host on farm trials related to soybeans, sweet potatoes, corn and pastures. They are engaged in expanding markets, supporting food safety and pollinator health in addition to integrated pest management efforts. This work is essential to the preservation of farmland and open space.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
3755Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
10Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
135Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
137500Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
20Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
6584Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
73Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
2636Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
236Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
2175Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
120Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
2600Tons of livestock organic by-products utilized (nutrients from waste, compost, etc)
195500Net income gain by using livestock organic by-products instead of synthetic fertilizers
4Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Producers will increase sales of food locally to more agriculturally aware consumers through market development, producer and consumer education, and new farmer and infrastructure support.

Value* Outcome Description
67Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
677Number of adults (including producers, food business owners, etc.) who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
18Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
485Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Agriculture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
167Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
5Number of new and existing access points for consumers that expand or improve their offering of local fruits and vegetables. Access points include farmers markets, retail stores, school food programs, community gardens, institutions other than schools (e.g. hospitals, universities, etc.), and other systems/access points not noted (e.g. restaurants, etc.).
5Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period).
94Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
122Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden, and if also reporting under Urban and Consumer Horticulture Objective, divide up the reported number appropriately between the two objectives to avoid duplication.
15566Number of pounds of fresh produce donated for consumption by vulnerable populations.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Value* Outcome Description
66Number of pesticide application credit hours provided
39Number of food service employees receiving ServSafe certification
39TOTAL number of food handlers receiving food safety training and education in safe food handling practices (new required data for federal reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
9Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
28Number of persons certified in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHPs)
39Number of participants implementing ServSafe
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Individuals and groups will acquire leadership and decision making capacities needed to guide and actively participate in local and state organizations.

Value* Outcome Description
294Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
65Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
2285Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
812Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
68Number of adults increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
55Number of adults assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
2042Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
155Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
644Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
80Number of youth participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
155Number of adult participants reporting aspirations to serve in new or expanded volunteer roles in community
331Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
107Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
202Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
247Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
7984Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
15Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
143Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
1Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
63Number of adult volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
2Number of youth volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
231Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Community members, organizations and local government will engage in collaborative dialog and decision-making to build economically, socially and environmentally resilient communities. This will be done through inclusive engagement, partnership building, and/or community planning.

Value* Outcome Description
398Number of participants increasing knowledge and skills in convening and leading inclusive, representative groups (including limited resources, new resident, or immigrant groups) for evidence based community development
343Number of participants developing skills in leading community, economic, and/or disaster planning and change
151Number of residents that increase their knowledge in disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
56Number of participants who increased their awareness, knowledge or skill in business related topics (e.g., management, product development, marketing, business structure options, business law and/or liability)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
9Number of businesses created, retained, or expanded due to Extension’s community and economic development programming
2Number of local food councils in which Extension is involved
3Number of participants who adopted disaster preparedness and mitigation practices
31Number of participants who report new or expanded leadership roles and opportunities undertaken
60000Dollar value of in-kind resources (funding, in-kind service or volunteers) contributed to Projects or Programs in which Extension was critically involved by an organization or community to support community or economic development work
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Parents and caregivers will effectively use recommended parenting, self care practices and community resources.

Value* Outcome Description
5213Number of youth and adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
1961Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
190Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
144Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
4731Number of youth and adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
335Number of adults increasing their use of identified community resources
57Number of professionals using learned best practices with children/youth/adults/older adults
178Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
89Number of professionals granted CEUs, certifications, or other work- or volunteer-related credentials
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
11Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
3875Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
2469Total number of female participants in STEM program
1101Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
502Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
1962Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
79Number of adults increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
664Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
11Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
32Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
2946Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1746Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
78Number of adults gaining career / employability skills
613Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
11Number of adults gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolinians will make decisions and adopt practices that implement effective resource protection and conservation.

Value* Outcome Description
3887Number of participants increasing their knowledge about best management practices
47Number of participants certified to implement and maintain BMPs
3937Number of youth and adults demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
846Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
824Number of participants that adopted recommended climate adaption strategies for production agriculture or natural resource management, including for invasive species, pest management, pollutant loads, and wetlands.
824Number of participants that adopted recommended climate mitigation practices such as water-use efficiency, livestock production feeding practices, carbon sequestration, reducing carbon or energy footprint.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
4915Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
3390Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
169500Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
231Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
1050Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1162Number of participants increasing their physical activity
243Number of participants reducing their BMI
22Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
9Number of adults who improve their blood glucose (A1c.)level
4Number of adults who reduce their total cholesterol
390Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 273,234
Non face-to-face** 230,498
Total by Extension staff in 2018 503,732
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $532,857.00
Gifts/Donations $33,496.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $78,132.66
United Way/Foundations $2,000.00
User Fees $24,635.00
Total $671,120.66

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H: 750 19,314 28,174 $ 491,155.00
Advisory Leadership System: 37 670 1,196 $ 17,038.00
Extension Community Association: 91 49,114 17,226 $ 1,248,969.00
Extension Master Gardener: 168 10,771 12,172 $ 273,907.00
Other: 311 2,540 644 $ 64,592.00
Total: 1357 82409 59412 $ 2,095,661.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Horticulture- Master Gardener Advisory Committee (Myers)
Annette Byrd
Herb Siegel
Karen Kattman
Carla Carpenter
Rich Woynicz
Rieppe Hendrick
Robin Baumgart
Karen Lamar
Janhavi Panajkar
Noel Lichtin








FCS- Nutrition and Food Safety (Mitchell)
Christian Anatasiadis
Alyssa Barkley
John Braxton
Frances Breedlove
Terry Chappell
Jerry Coleman
Susan Grayson
Melissa Hamm
Mark Herman
Robert Herman
Dan Hurley
Tom Kaznowski
Thomas Jumalon
Kevin Lee
Joe Lumbrazo
Jessica Marehand
Lisa McCoy
Rnoard McFadden
Frank Olafson
Andre Pierce
Lionel Atinet
Missy Vatinet
John vick
Ashley Whittington
Bill Boyd
Arturo Marchand
James Castello
Jess Fowler
Paul Potter
David Prestrud
Jim Mallon
Jean-Paul Garnet
NCCE-Wake County Center- Leadership Advisory Council
Wanda Denning
David Pope
Joan Quinn
Ross Yeager
Paula Arrington
Jerry Dodson
Natalie Hunter
Daniel Dreyton
Linda Jones
Patricia Moye

Wake County 4-H Horse Council (Schaffer)
Mary MacDougal
Catherine Tipton
Jordan Lewey
Lissy Newton
Tam Hall
Beth Morgan
Danny Young
Caitlin Gooch
Andee Lane
Taylor Carmody
Rachel Smallwood
Scout Biggs
Mary Miller
Gilbike Yigit
Youth Thrive Board (Williams)
Hugh McLean
Betsey McFarland
Beth Nelson
Marchell Adams-David
Regina Petteway
Dr. Jocelyn Taliaferro
Chief Brandon Zuidema
Emily Baranello
Moni Singh
Justin Perkins
Nick Allen
Juan Collado
TJ Cawley
James Robinson
Angie Welsh
Ann Oshel
Lisa Humphreys

Shelia Reich
Sarah Carter
NC Watershed Stewardship Network (Woodward)
Paul Clark
Michelle Raquet
Joey Hester
George Matthis
Stuart Taylor
Eric Romaniszyn
Rebecca Sadosky
Tom Hoban
Lori Willard
Rebecca Sadosky
Heather Fisher
Jen Schmitz
Stacy Feken
Commercial Horticulture Program Committee (Myers)
Corey Conners
Jennifer Sanford Johnson
Brian Richardson
Margaret Jones
Carla Berryann
Trish MacPherson
SE Raleigh Innovation Challenge
Melanie Davis-Jones
Marchell Adams-David
Rev. Linwood Long
Demetrius Hunter
Kia Baker
Kirby Jones
Joe Battle

AHA Board of Directors
Sarah Martin
Ken Bowers
Stephany Connelly
Christine Craig
Bonner Gaylord
Brent Hazelett
Mary Health
Lisa Humphreys
John Johnstone
Mack Ochs
Mary Poole
Matt Smith
Sam Trogdon
CAFN
Andrew Petesch
Erin White
Gideon Adams
Cindy Sink
Anya Gordon
Deron Tse
Caitlin Cohn
Jill Willett
Liz Crews
Sarah Spagnoli
Megg Rader

VIII. Staff Membership

Katherine Williams
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (919) 250-1109
Email: katherine_williams@ncsu.edu

Amber Adams
Phone:
Email: amadam22@ncsu.edu

Ali Alfonso
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1091
Email: aalfons@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Teaches nutrition education to limited resource youth and families in Wake County.

Alicia Andrews
Title: County No Pay
Phone:
Email: alandrew@ncsu.edu

Charlenzo Belcher
Title: 4-H Program Specialist / SPACES
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: charlenzo_belcher@ncsu.edu

Lisa Benavente
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Urban Programming, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (919) 515-3888
Email: lisa_benavente@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. Responsible for training new EFNEP educators and volunteer development.

Tex Bennett
Title: 4-H Program Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: tex_bennett@ncsu.edu

Best
Phone:
Email: vpbest@ncsu.edu

Amanda Bobley
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1139
Email: aabobley@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

Dan Bulatek
Phone:
Email: ddbulate@ncsu.edu

Daniel Campeau
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: dan_campeau@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Work mainly with Commercial Poultry industry. I also work with small scale poultry production. Service area is now the North Central District from Guilford to Halifax with the southern edge being Chatham and Wake county respectively.

Erin Eure
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Fruits and Vegetables
Phone: (252) 357-1400
Email: erin_eure@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to commercial fruit and vegetable growers, agents, and industry in northeastern NC.

Allyson Farmer
Title: Extension Communication Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1092
Email: allyson_farmer@ncsu.edu

Kristin Feierabend
Title: Area Agent, Extension Urban Programs
Phone: (919) 250-1107
Email: kefeiera@ncsu.edu

Steve Gabel
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 482-6585
Email: steve_gabel@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for aquaculture educational programs for the NC NE extension district.

Gabriel
Phone:
Email: vmgabrie@ncsu.edu

Gina Garcia-somuk
Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:
Email: Gina_Garcia-Somuk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Gina is responsible for guiding the outreach and programming efforts of staff, via supervision of 4-H Regional Coaches in Wake County. In addition she administers the Volunteer and Internship system for 4-H WCCE.

Susan Gardner
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 856-6548
Email: Sue_Gardner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Primary liaison with 4-H Clubs (community,homeschool,livestock,horse,STEM,), Orientate to NCSU policy,County responsibilities, and provide training on setting up and facilitating a Club. Visit all 4-H community clubs at least twice per year, and support with learning activities as they develop. Bridge communications between clubs and 4-H county staff, and community resources. Meet jointly with 4-H Agent,State Staff, and county staff working on projects, camps. and activities such as County Achievements, Presentations,Congress, District and State Activities. Serve on planning groups with 4-H staff, and Attend required training's, Extension Conferences and Summits. Attend Volunteer Conferences with Volunteers and ensure Club Leaders are provide with all information about Fall Leaders Day and workshops. Attend Teen retreat,camp,Congress and other Leadership activities Supervising youth as required. Maintain all Licences,certificates, and permits required in professional job requirements.

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Anecia Jacobs
Phone:
Email: aljacob5@ncsu.edu

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Tangela Keaton
Title: Human Services Program Specialist
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: tangela_keaton@ncsu.edu

Klein
Phone:
Email: skklein@ncsu.edu

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Hiliana Lovejoy
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1119
Email: hiliana_lovejoy@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food safety, and physical activity to limited resource families.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Carlos Moses
Title: Program Specialist: 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (919) 560-8295
Email: carlos_moses@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Team lead for the Youth In Transitions 4-H program. Responsible for developing programs, clubs and workshops for youth in foster care, kinship care and child welfare referrals.

Emily Mueller
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture
Phone: (919) 250-1096
Email: emuelle@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Responsibilities include Field Crops and Livestock Production; Main interests are Integrated Insect and Disease Pest Management with Biological Agents; Entomology; Native Habitat Restoration; and Landscape Ecology

Jeana Myers
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (919) 250-1113
Email: jeana_myers@ncsu.edu

Paula Norris
Title: EFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1119
Email: paula_norris@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Program Assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Teaches the benefits of nutrition, food, food safety and physical activity to limited resources families.

Rojas
Phone:
Email: erojas2@ncsu.edu

Heather Schaffer
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (919) 250-1093
Email: heather_schaffer@ncsu.edu

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Martha Smith
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (919) 250-1015
Email: mbsmith@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support Staff for Wake County Director

Debbie Stroud
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9149
Email: dlstroud@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Area Specialized Agents in Consumer and Retail Food Safety help to ensure that Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents have access to timely, evidence-based food safety information. This is accomplished by (1) working with FCS Agents in their counties, (2) developing food safety materials and (3) planning and implementing a NC Safe Plates Food Safety Info Center.

Ruth Sutherland
Title: Human Services Senior Practitioner
Phone: (919) 250-1100
Email: ruth_sutherland@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Wake County Center
4001-E Carya Dr
Raleigh, NC 27610

Phone: (919) 250-1100
Fax: (919) 250-1097
URL: http://wake.ces.ncsu.edu