Ambassadors Spread HSF Mission at Charity Events
Home School Foundation Ambassadors across the country have been busy representing HSF at federal and state workplace events! Federal events are hosted by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) during a campaign season that runs from September 1 to December 31. At CFC events, government employees meet representatives from participating charities and designate payroll deductions to benefit their favorite charities during the campaign season.
The Home School Foundation receives special invitations to attend CFC events from time to time. When HSF participates, we rely on our ambassadors to share HSF’s mission to potential donors – that of helping families to homeschool through hard times.
Here is a sampling of the workplace giving events we’ve attended this fall along with the responses we’ve received from event attendees:
New Alabama State Ambassadors, Michael and Jill Howell, were honored to represent HSF at the CFC Kick-Off event at the historic Officer's Club on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. They were invited to speak to the attendees about how HSF can assist military homeschooling families experiencing a time of need.
Afterward, a base employee told the Howells, "I’m so glad to know that you all are available to assist families! I will be sure to share HSF as a resource with those in my network and personal contacts."
Kentucky State Ambassadors Don and Debbie Woolett recently represented HSF at the Fort Campbell & Western Kentucky CFC Charity Fair Kickoff where they met the base commander, key workers, and federal military employees.
Mr. Woolett, a disabled Army Combat Veteran who served in Vietnam, feels his active military experience gives him insight into the needs of military personnel. A growing number of military families are dedicated to home educating their children, but they face logistical and financial challenges that average homeschoolers do not.
“A staff sergeant and his wife visited the HSF table to tell us they were being transferred to Louisiana and were hoping that the ministry of the Home School Foundation is available there,” said Woolett. “We were happy to tell them HSF assistance is available to eligible homeschooling families wherever they live and serve.”
Another newly appointed State Ambassador, Kathryn Dillow of Nebraska, represented HSF at the CFC fair held at the Federal Building in Lincoln this October.
Ambassador Dillow shared HSF’s mission to homeschooling families with attendees. Most who stopped by her booth expressed pleasure at learning about HSF. A common comment was, “It’s wonderful that such a foundation exists to assist struggling homeschool families!”
A section supervisor who works with U.S. Army servicemen requested materials to give to the military families she knows who might benefit from HSF services. Another woman shared that she had homeschooling neighbors who performed volunteer services to defray the costs of homeschooling. She promised to give an HSF brochure to the family.
Toward the end of the event, a building security guard stopped by the table and said, “We homeschool our children. My daughter is a senior now.” He was not familiar with the work of HSF so he took some materials to share with other homeschoolers.
Davis Carman, the North Carolina State Ambassador, attended a state charity event at the University of North Carolina Charlotte Campus. Students and faculty alike stopped at the HSF booth to learn more about homeschooling. Several signed up to receive the Foundation Report, HSF’s monthly e-newsletter.
“They were even more interested when I explained how we help homeschooling families continue to teach at home after they experience a difficult situation such as a job loss, death of a spouse, or natural disaster such as a fire, flood, or hurricane,” said Carman.
If you are a federal employee, you can give to HSF through the CFC. Just use our CFC# 10535 when you designate your gift.
If you are interested in representing HSF at events like these, or even just volunteering locally to help struggling homeschoolers, please visit: homeschoolfoundation.org/volunteer.
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