Government Employees Welcome HSF
Volunteers with the Home School Foundation (HSF) Ambassador Program invest their time and energy representing HSF during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season.
Between September 1 and December 31, federal and state governments host events and opportunities for their employees to learn more about the numerous charities to whom they may wish to designate automatic payroll donations. Chili kickoffs, charity fairs, and employee outreach events allow government employees to meet and greet charity representatives, pick up an informational brochure, and, in the case of HSF, receive the coveted “Generosity bookmark/ruler” or “HSF apple pen.” Through these events, employees often make decisions about which charities they wish to give to.
New York City is the hub of many CFC events, and this year Ambassador Rev. Tim Byers was busy meeting the representatives of just about every federal agency he has ever heard of and several he’d never heard of. Most attendees at his events were supervisors or department heads of their respective agencies and took handfuls of giveaways back to their departments.
“The response was overwhelmingly positive as many were not aware that an organization such as ours exists,” commented Ambassador Byers. “One agency department supervisor said, ‘My department works almost exclusively with veterans, and I have heard first hand some of the difficulties these families have encountered in the education of their children during overseas assignments. I am so glad to learn of your agency and look forward to share what I have learned’.”
Connecting with Military Families
Kentucky State Ambassadors Don and Debbie Woolett are always happy to attend the Fort Campbell Area and Western Kentucky Kick Off.
Ambassador Don Woolett is former military and genuinely understands the educational challenges military families face because of frequent relocation. He shared that an officer had stopped by the HSF table expressing interest in having the Wooletts speak to the homeschooling families on post. The officer had seen firsthand the stability that homeschooling can bring to a frequently moving military family.
A Positive Reputation
Ricci Black, HSF Ambassador Program Coordinator since 2010, attends metropolitan D.C. area events on behalf of HSF. She notes that the most interested folks are those who have met homeschooled children at social or church events.
“They tell me they are very impressed with the social maturity these children demonstrate. They want to know more because they desire their children or grandchildren to emulate the qualities they see in homeschooled children they’ve met,” says Mrs. Black. “Often people ask me if they can take an HSF bookmark home to their children. ‘It will encourage them to read more,’ they say. ‘Kids need to read more!’”
Mrs. Black continued, “HSF is the recipient of thousands of automatic payroll deduction dollars stemming from government work place giving campaigns like these. Our Ambassadors are key to putting a friendly face on our charity’s work, and we believe there is a direct correlation between ambassador representation and work place giving. We need ambassadors in many more states to help us with these events.”
HSF is approved to send representatives to work place giving events in these states – Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, and West Virginia.
To learn more about becoming an ambassador, visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org/volunteer.
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