Local highlights

Free Tax Preparation

This program offers a gateway to financial education through taxpayer assistance. MoTax offers preparation of federal and state tax returns to families and uses this opportunity to emphasize the importance of financial planning management. Income restriction apply. For more information Click Here 

For information on preparing your taxes independently www.myfreetaxes.com can be of assistance to you.

Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer or for more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD at 816-482-5850 or email at kaumel@missouri.edu

Cooking Matters - Share Our Strength

As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters is a six session course that combines hands-on cooking experience with nutrition education. Participants take home the ingredients for one recipe to make at home after each workshop. We will also offer Cooking Matters at the Store, a one-time workshop and is a virtual tour of the grocery store that stresses food label reading and how to make the most of your food dollar. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families. Cooking Matters is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. For More Information Click Here or contact Lydia Kaume, Ph.D., RDN, LD at 816-482-5850 or email at kaumel@missouri.edu 

Cooking Matters - Healthy Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch your food dollars from trained nutrition professionals. For More Information Click Here or contact Denise Sullivan at 816-482-5850 or email at sullivand@missouri.edu

Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau

The Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau offers a wide variety of topics to garden clubs, plant societies, adult education programs, and community groups. For more information please visit Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau

Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is unfortunately a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/miscpubs/mp0904.pdf

EPA information on Mold and Moisture: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

New Services for Area Businesses Now Available

Missouri’s Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) are transforming Missouri businesses by providing the right resources at the right time.  Missouri’s pipeline of entrepreneurs creates different needs as businesses advance through various stage of growth. Therefore, a full range of advisory services and educational programs have been put into place to boost virtually any business to its next level of growth. The Jackson County Center is already working with over 100 local entities through the free individualized counseling/coaching program.

The Jackson County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is based within MU Extension’s offices at 1600 Coronado Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri.  (www.missouribusiness.net).

The SBTDC is part of a statewide network of service centers known as the Missouri Business Development Program working in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration. For more information including potential scholarships that may be available, call Jeff Samborski at 816-252-5051 or e-mail him at samborskij@missouri.edu.

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm