Community Resource Spotlight

OSU (Ohio State University) Extension, Montgomery County, Family and Consumer Sciences

Service Area

Did you know the Ohio State University Extension is in all 88 counties in Ohio? We are the outreach arm of the University, delivering research knowledge to every county in Ohio by working with people right where they live to strengthen their own lives and communities. This may be with individuals, families, community groups, businesses, organizations, schools, and/or local government to provide non-formal programs on a variety of topics. We comply with Civil Rights and AA/EEO legislation.


In Montgomery County, programming related to Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS), 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture, and Community Development are available. Additionally, we have grant-funded community nutrition programs with Program Assistants available to teach a series of classes for limited resource youth (preschool to high school) and adults of all ages. Programs offered in counties vary, sometimes that is because of staffing and sometimes related to the needs of the county. To find resources in your county, go to your internet browser and type the name of the for their website (i.e.,, etc.)


  • Health and Wellness

    Our lifespan is determined by our genetic makeup, our behaviors, and the environment in which we live. While our genetic code is fixed, we can change our behaviors and our immediate surroundings. OSU Extension has nationally recognized programs that help people make healthy choices and catalyze the creation of healthy homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.

  • Workforce Development

    A commitment to lifelong learning is critical to remaining relevant in one’s chosen field of work. The programs of OSU Extension not only help individuals acquire the skills they need in their current jobs, but those they will need in the future positions to which they aspire.

  • Thriving Across the Life Span

    From infancy to later life, OSU Extension is committed to helping individuals flourish within families and the various social structures in which they live. Perhaps most notably, Ohio 4-H uses a youth development approach to help young people develop characteristics that build a foundation for a positive adulthood.

  • Sustainable Food Systems

    A sustainable food system benefits producers, protects the environment, and feeds a growing world population. Meanwhile, changing consumer preferences continually influence the type of products that producers are expected to bring to market. OSU Extension brings science-based information to the process of making decisions about food and the way it is produced, processed, distributed, stored, prepared, and consumed.

  • Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities

    Human capital can be described as the knowledge, skills, and experience possessed by a group of individuals. Mobilizing people in ways that produce shared benefits is a key to creating vibrant communities. OSU Extension helps community residents gain the knowledge and skills they need to engage in meaningful dialogue focused on positive change and collective impact that meets local needs.

  • Environmental Quality
    OSU Extension programs help people make informed choices and lead local efforts aimed at maintaining or improving environmental quality for future generations. Through their involvement in these programs, participants gain a greater understanding of their role in a global community and become stewards of the planet.

As a County Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in Montgomery County, this article will concentrate on FCS programming in Montgomery County.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES TOPICS available for individuals and families in Ohio that address the impact areas above include: 

Healthy Finances

  • Budget in a Box
  • Consumer Fraud Prevention
  • Counting Your Money Calendar
  • High School Financial Planning Program
  • Homebuyer Guide
  • In Over Your Head
  • Manage Your Money
  • Money Basics
  • Ohio Saves
  • Pay Yourself First
  • Real Money, Real World (grades 7 – 12)
  • Your Money, Your Goals

Healthy Relationships

  • Aging
  • Caregiving
  • Co-Parenting
  • Community Coaching
  • Coping with Stress
  • Helping Children in Times of Stress/Change
  • Life Skills, Leadership and Personal Development
  • Mindful Wellness
  • Parenting
  • Team Building
  • Universal Design: User Friendly Housing

Healthy People

  • Dining with Diabetes
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • Food Safety
  • Heart Health
  • Home Food Preservation (canner gauge testing)
  • Live Healthy Live Well
  • Occasional Quantity Cooks (OQC)
  • Ohio Person in Charge food safety training
  • Ohio Manager Food Protection Certification
  • Smart Eating for Young Children (available in print and eBook)
  • Sun Safety
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed)
  • Workplace Wellness

Sometimes programs are offered at our office in Calumet Center, 580 Calumet Lane, Dayton, OH 45417, but often programs are at a location near the people making the request. If you live in Montgomery County and have questions about the topics above, feel free to contact me, Pat Holmes at [email protected] or call (937) 224-9654(937) 224-9654 x122. 

ONLINE RESOURCES: – covers the following topic areas, follow one or more blog topics by visiting the link above.

  • Food
  • Family and Relationships
  • Money
  • Mind and Body
  • Webinars factsheets are available on the following topics. Use link above, then search for a factsheet using the “Find a Fact Sheet" tab:

  • Horticulture
  • Food
  • Community
  • Home, Yard and Garden
  • Business and Land Ownership
  • Ag Crops and Livestock
  • Family and Youth
  • Farm Management
  • Energy and Environment
  • Insects and Pests


Pat Holmes, CFCS, MS
Extension Educator
Family and Consumer Sciences
OSU Extension, Montgomery County

Contact Us

The health ministries program is honored to be serving faith communities in Southwest Ohio for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their congregations. To learn more about how we can assist your faith community, contact us.

Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator
1046 Brown St. (Catholic Social Services building, second floor)
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454
Fax: (937) 341-8838

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are often out in the community at meetings and working with faith communities. If you want to stop by the office, we recommend that you call or email first.