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Volunteerism

Opal H. Mann (left), Village teacher, and Lourainey Hurley, Opal's Mother (right)

As a result of Dr. Mann’s collaborative leadership efforts, the volunteer organization of Extension Homemakers grew to be the largest volunteer educational and community service organization in the US.  There were over 500,000 members across the United States in local communities, who provided lay leadership, taught research-based practices, and worked to improve their community for families and youth.  Dr. Mann served as advisor to this National Extension Homemakers Council.  She and the leaders were friends, colleagues and equals leading empowerment of communities across the country, and partnering with the Country Women of the World, a global society.