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September 29, 2016

There is no magic wand to help others with financial problems, but this fall Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Wright and Hamilton Counties will offer training on a new financial empowerment toolkit. “Your Money, Your Goals” offers practical tools and information that social workers and others can use as needed when clients have financial questions or concerns.  ISU Extension’s ten-hour training includes two in-person sessions plus one two-hour webinar. 


The training will be held from 8:30-12:30 on Tuesday, Nov 15 and Wednesday, Dec 7 at Hamilton County Extension Office (311 Bank Street in Webster City), with a webinar from 8:30-10:30 on Wednesday November 30.  The normal registration fee of $75 has been reduced to $30, thanks to support from Wright and Hamilton County Extension Councils.  The $30 fee includes a full copy of the toolkit.

September 28, 2016

Filing a tax return is important but can be costly for lower-income households.  Volunteers can help through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Wright County.  New volunteer tax preparers are needed at local VITA sites operated in cooperation with Wright County Extension and the Eagle Grove Memorial Library. 

April 20, 2016

According to the Administration for Children and Families over 7,000 children in Iowa are experiencing homelessness, says Jenna Pattee, a human sciences intern with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 27, 2016

“We know that caring for an older adult with chronic conditions, or caring for a child with special health and behavioral needs, can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining,”

January 11, 2016

Are you planning to shape up your finances in 2016?  Perhaps you want to be more ready for retirement, or build an emergency fund, or reduce debt.  Or perhaps you just want to be in control of your paycheck so that you don’t have to scramble to pay bills and buy groceries.

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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