A request from our awesome friends at Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out, which has grown out of Homeschoolers Anonymous. They’ve have an opportunity to be part of the conversation on the future of homeschooling at the Great Homeschool Convention but need help to raise the funds to cover expensives. Here’s what they have to say:
This is HARO’s first convention opportunity!
Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has a vision: “Renewing and transforming homeschooling from within.” We are a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the wellbeing of homeschool students and improving homeschooling communities through awareness, peer support, and resource development.
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Our hope is to develop partnerships with homeschooling communities and groups to bring awareness to, and empower homeschoolers to address, pressing matters such as child abuse and mental illness. HARO has recently received its first opportunity to present at a homeschool convention — the 2014 Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California.
This is an amazing opportunity for us. R.L. Stollar, Executive Director of HARO, will be speaking on “Facing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschool Alumni Can Help Homeschooling.” He will also be in the convention exhibitor hall at HARO’s booth for the three days of the convention. Before we can do this, however, we need to raise funds.
What We Need & What You Get
We need to raise $1250 to present at the GHC convention. While GHC does not charge speakers, they do require that speakers are also exhibitors. Their exhibitor fee is $500. We also need to cover lodging, transportation, and printing costs for the 3 days of the event. Every dollar raised from this fundraiser will go towards HARO’s presentation at the convention.
- Everyone that contributes at least $10 to this fundraiser will receive a free digital download of HARO’s convention presentation, “Facing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschool Alumni Can Help Homeschooling.” The presentation will be available to download no later than one week after the convention.
- If we don’t reach our entire goal, we will use what we have and seek other sources of funding as well.
Speaking at homeschooling conventions like GHC gives HARO the opportunity to expand our audience and bring our message directly to thousands of homeschooling parents and families. Our booth will be open for the three days of the convention and we can spread awareness to the very people we hope to reach in order to create vitally important change. And through our presentation, our voices will be receiving an official platform.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute financially, that doesn’t mean you can’t help! Here are some ways you can help us instead:
- Ask friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media outlets to make some noise about our campaign.
- Spread the word about responsible homeschool advocacy. Talk to your friends and family about Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out and Homeschoolers Anonymous. Our website is http://hareachingout.org.
- If you’re a homeschooling parent, talk to your homeschooling community about the importance of discussing issues like child abuse, mental illness, self-injury, and LGBT* issues. Speaking up is the first step towards breaking stigmas.
And if you’re in Southern California, come see R.L. Stollar and HARO present at GHC! You can find more information about the convention here: https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com
Read more about the participants and ways you can help at the HARO website!
If you’d like to contribute, click here – HARO Go-Fund-Me page.