Jane S. McKimmon was the first director of the North Carolina Home Demonstration Clubs and the state's first home demonstration agent. She began work in 1909, and her job took her to many rural areas across the state. Her goal was to help rural women and girls learn how to improve their homes and their lives. Placing home demonstration agents in counties to work with farm women was part of her duties. She began with fourteen county agents and 416 women. Under her direction, the home demonstration clubs grew to 75,000 members representing all one hundred North Carolina counties. Once a year McKimmon would bring the agents to Raleigh for in-service training. As attendance increased over the years, the group needed their own building. Club members donated $2.50 apiece over a four-year period and raised over $100,000 in 1951 to help finance the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh. McKimmon died in 1957, almost twenty years before the center opened in 1976.