It is the mission of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association to strengthen families through continued education, leadership development, and volunteer community support.

The LaPorte County Extension Homemakers Association comprises 95 members spread across 7 clubs. They organize quarterly Council meetings and various Educational Retreats annually, led by Area Extension Educators. Additionally, they arrange a Fall International Faire and Holiday Party. Each year, the County Homemakers run a booth at the LaPorte County Fair.

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2857 W. State Road 2, Suite A LaPorte, IN 46350




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This award is presented to 1 (one) active LaPorte County Extension Homemaker to attend the
Home and Family Conference hosted by the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association.
Only those who have never attended the entire conference will be considered





The award will pay the winner, who has previously battened the Home and Family Conference and is available to attend the current years full time, $150.00 towards registration. Winner must be involved in a local club and county organization and have financial need to be able to attend.



Applicant must be a Homemaker, 25 years of age or older and a resident of Indiana. Eight (8) - $500.00 scholarships will be given: two (2) to an IEHA member, one (1) to a degree in the
medical profession & five (5) random. Membership in IEHA is a qualification only to be considered for the Eleanor Arnold Award. This does not give preference for the remaining six (6) scholarships.

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Applicant can be any high school or college student who is a child or grandchild of a LaPorte County Homemakers Extension Club member in good standing. Candidate must be accepted/enrolled in an accredited college or trade school, as well as those who are continuing or resuming their education, regardless of age.

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This memorial scholarship of $500 is offered for the purpose of fostering educational development of women. Applicant must be a woman and a legal resident of the USA who shows financial need and the ability to complete her education. Application with attachments must be submitted, reviewed, and signed by the state society president/chairman of the affiliated ACWW/CWC society from your state.

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The Cultural Arts Contest is held each year in the spring, the ladies can enter 4 different categories, Quilts, Needlework, Knitting/Crocheting, Crafts/Miscellaneous. Each year there is a special project category, this category can be made from anything. The winner goes to the Home and Family Conference to be judged against the rest of the state homemakers, representing our county.
Educational Retreats happen three times a year and focus on a topic of interest that will benefit our Extension Homemakers. This is always followed by a delicious potluck meal and social.
The Extension Homemakers Holiday Party is an end of the year social that includes great food and fun games! Win fabulous door prizes and have a good times with their club members.
Each year, the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association designates a week in October (the week prior to the National Make a Difference Day) to celebrate and draw attention to the IEHA mission. While many clubs are already doing wonderful things to highlight the week, the Public Relations Activity Committee is offering a blueprint for counties and clubs throughout the state to highlight IEHA every day during IEHA week.
Our Extension Homemakers enjoy celebrating different countries and cultures around the world. This event features a speaker that is familiar with the country and cook popular dishes from the country they are hosting, occasionally they will be catered from a restaurant that specializes in that countries cuisine.
The Extension Homemakers set up and run a fair booth to earn money for two $500.00 scholarships they award each spring to active members children, grand children or great grandchildren. The scholarship winners can be recent high school graduates or full time college students. The fair booth has an educational lesson displayed as well as many hand sewn items up for silent auction. They also have some fantastic gift baskets that each club donates for the auction. Along with the auction items, they have a small yard sale going on and grab bags for the kids.
Every month, the Extension Homemakers organize a group activity to enjoy together. They aim to vary the experience each time, whether it's hosting a Tea Party one month or going to the Arcade the next!

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To strengthen families through continuing education, leadership development and volunteer community support.


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Steady Stitcher's 

The Steady Stitcher's are a speciality club as part of our LaPorte County Extension Homemakers who sew many different items to donate to various organizations in the county.  They are located at 1640 First Street in LaPorte and have hours of Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

The group holds several Lend-A-Hand days that are open to anyone in the community that would like to help sew projects for their clients. No sewing experience is necessary, they will teach you or they always have non-sewing projects that they need help with as well.

Things they Make:

List of Projects Donated
Afghans Eyeglass Cases Pillowcases
Backpacks Hats Preemie Hats
Bibs Mittens & Scarves Quilts
Crayon Caddies Mug Rugs Tote Bags
Pet Beds


Who They Donate To:

List of Donation Centers
Caring Clothing Co-Op LaPorte Care Center
Citizens Concerned for the Homeless Memorial Hospital
Dunebrook Advocacy Center Northwest Hospital
Frieds Cat Shelter Terrace Care Center
Jane Bernard Adoption Center Women's Care Center
Keys to hope



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Interested in Becoming an Extension Homemaker?

Please, fill out the membership form and mail to the Extension Office 2857 W. State Road 2, LaPorte, IN 46350.

The cost to join for 2024-2025 is $17.