The following is a news release issued by the Currituck County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service

Education and learning are essential for improving lives of individuals and society.  That is the belief of Cooperative Extension in Currituck and the organization works diligently to provide outstanding learning opportunities for individuals, families and businesses in all stages of life and development.  NC Cooperative Extension in Currituck County provides this educational information and programming utilizing a variety of media.  The goal of Extension programming in Currituck is to match the latest research conducted at our Land Grant Universities with the unique issues and needs in Currituck County. 

To further this goal the Currituck Extension Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, has partnered with the North Carolina Community Foundation to create the Currituck Extension Foundation Fund. This agency endowment was established to extend the ability of Cooperative Extension in Currituck to serve our community in these uncertain economic times.  “This partnership will allow the Extension to preserve and grow programs and services to address future community needs.” said Peggy Birkemeier, Senior Regional Associate with the NC Community Foundation.  Working with the North Carolina Community Foundation, the fund will be able to accept larger gifts including publicly traded securities (equities, bonds, mutual funds); closely held stock; real estate; tangible personal property; gifts by will or testamentary transfers; charitable remainder trusts; charitable lead trusts; retirement plan assets; life insurance; and private foundation transfers as well as traditional gifts of cash.

The Currituck Extension Foundation currently utilizes donor support for a variety of charitable functions related to Extension programming.  Examples include:  the 4-H Backpacks for Kids program which provides food insecure children with weekend meals; summer camp scholarships for at risk children and teens; support for adult volunteer development and training; temporary youth entrepreneurship loans; educational seminars for farmers and agricultural workers and more. 

To learn more about Cooperative Extension in Currituck, the Currituck Extension Foundation or to donate to the Currituck Extension Foundation Fund email Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director, or call her at 252-232-2261.   For information regarding the North Carolina Community Foundation, email Peggy Birkemeier or call her at 252-491-8166 or 888-375-8115 toll-free. 

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