Getting Acquainted with Homeschoolers of Maine
Getting Acquainted with
Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME)
What is HOME all about and why does it exist?
Homeschoolers of Maine is a Christian ministry dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting home education in the State of Maine. We believe that every family has the God-given and constitutional right and responsibility to oversee the education of their children, regardless of their philosophy of education or religious affiliation. HOME is not a church, and is not meant to replace the ministry of the local church to the homeschooling family.
How does HOME assist in the development of avenues for support for homeschool families throughout Maine?
HOME's website, email news updates and facebook page keep Maine homeschoolers up to date with the latest information on HOME's special events, field trips, activities, news, legislative alerts, etc. HOME also provides direction and guidance to many homeschool families wishing to get together for mutual support and encouragement. HOME maintains a current list of support groups, and refers new homeschoolers to their HOME Regional and County Representatives for more information about what is happening in their part of the state. HOME Representatives are kept up to date with frequent communications from HOME. HOME Representatives from around the state also gather at the annual convention, which is held in the spring, for further updates, sharing and fellowship. I
What is necessary to maintain a favorable legal climate and protect the future freedoms of home educators in Maine and in our nation?
Over the years, we have remained vigilant and protective of our homeschool freedoms. Many hours are spent monitoring legislation, and working with legislators and officials from the Maine Department of Education to preserve those freedoms. Before taking any action on an issue of concern, counsel is sought from various organizations such as Home School Legal Defense Association. HOME efforts include much prayer, discussion and thought before taking action. Once a decision is made, homeschoolers are updated via legislative alerts. The HOME website, e-mail, facebook and phone are all utilized to keep the information flowing, so that families can make decisions on issues that might impact their ability to educate their children at home. On the Federal level, HOME participates in the National Center for Home Education’s Congressional Action Program in Washington D.C., as well. HOME strongly encourages Home School Legal Defense Association membership. A 15% discount toward a family’s membership dues to HSLDA is available for families who also subscribers to The HOME Digest.
In what ways does HOME promote home education over alternative forms of education outside of the home?
HOME promotes public awareness of home education through media interviews, press releases, communication with the Department of Education, civic involvement, Home Education Week activities, support of accurate home education research and its publication, and interaction with other state and national organizations.
How does HOME provide education and training for parents or legal guardians that will equip them to develop the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of their children?
Through God’s grace, HOME Office Staff, HOME Regional and County Representatives and local support groups all help to meet the needs of the ever growing number of new homeschoolers in our state. These veteran home educators often guide rookies through their first year. HOME publications such as The HOME Digest, our email updates, our website and our facebook page bring education, news, information and encouragement on an ongoing basis to the homeschool community. Our annual homeschool convention provides top-notch speakers, workshops and a curriculum fair for continuing education and support.
How does HOME operate on a day to day basis?
The HOME Board of Directors meet quarterly to make decisions regarding HOME's events and activities, discuss upcoming legislative issues, and make business decisions, etc. The main day to day operations at the HOME Office are shouldered by Ed and Kathy Green and one part -time virtual office assistant. Many hours each day are spent taking care of phone calls, correspondence, mailings, event planning, updating the website, facebook page and mailing lists, and numerous other jobs. HOME is working behind the scenes daily throughout the year, but is especially busy in the summer months as many families get ready to begin another year of homeschooling.
How is HOME funded and how is the money used?
Our largest fundraisers include HOME's Annual Convention and Annual Portfolio Reviews. Subscriptions to The HOME Digest, Founding Family memberships and our Annual Used Curriculum Sale are some of the other fundraising efforts that help to carry HOME through the year. Funds are used to pay for daily operational expenses including payments to service providers, heat, electricity, telephone, fax and internet service, updates and maintenance to computers and other office equipment, printing and mailing costs, the purchase of office supplies, travel expenses, etc. While some service providers and contractors are needed to carry out office related tasks, HOME relies largely on volunteered time to provide services to the homeschooling community.
How can I support the efforts of HOME?
Pray that HOME continues to hold true to a vision for homeschooling that brings glory to God, who entrusted families with the care and nurturing of their children. Join us as a volunteer, and help to serve others within the homeschool community. Make a financial contribution by subscribing to The HOME Digest or become a Founding Family. Attend HOME's Annual Convention, Used Curriculum Sale and Expo, or participate in a HOME Portfolio Review! Your involvement will reap many benefits and rewards, while providing vital financial support to HOME!
If you have any questions concerning HOME or its services, or desire to volunteer, please contact us at 763-2880.