The last month has been huge here at Humanist Homeschoolers Help. We’ve had donations of books, donations of financial help, requests for help for the next school year, some press around the internet, and a lot of fun with it all. We thought we’d give you an update on how the library has expanded and what we still need.
To date we’ve added about 100 books for our library – mostly donated and some bought from retiring homeschooling parents. You can see our catalog here. There are still books being processed and more packages with donated books are expected to arrive any time now. If you have books to donate that you think would find a good home in our library, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a physical address to ship them too. As most homeschooling families finish out the current school year, we urge you to consider donating unneeded resources to Humanist Homeschoolers Help.
Our fundraising campaign has been off to a slow start, true. That is, if you’re considering dollar amounts. We have truly had a wonderful response of donated materials. Although we are still accepting donations of curriculum and resources we do need to start purchasing curriculum and specific requested items. To date, the monetary donations have covered some small administration expenses (postage, web hosting, travel expenses related to picking up donations) and some purchasing of some materials for the library (everyone loves Minimus Latin, right??). Funds are still needed to continue maintaining the website, to fund the postage scholarship fund, to purchase more curriculum and books and promotional materials, and to purchase all of the library resources needed to protect the books.
We do have a few families who have asked about spending all of their homeschool budget for next year in a particularly community-minded way. The details are still being worked out, but it looks like these families will be sending Humanist Homeschoolers Help a list of items needed and the funds to purchase them. We will purchase the items, mark them as property of the library, and send them to the families to use for the year. At the end of the year, the books will be returned to the library to be lent out again and again. This very particular act of community is a wonderful example of what it means to be a Humanist Homeschooler! We are happy to share this with our community and encourage anyone who may be similarly interested to contact us to discuss the details further.
We want to thank everyone who has spread the word, donated, or sent us support in any way. This community has the potential to get so much bigger and we are excited by the possibilities. We recognize that we cannot grow without you, so thank you!
Speaking of growing… You can find us here on Facebook. We have accepted a challenge! If we can get 250 likes by Friday – we have a special giveaway planned! Be sure to like us on Facebook and ask your homeschooling communities to join in!
This has truly been a fun adventure. Jenn and I have met some very interesting, very cool, very humanist people along the way. We’ve been interviewed, we’ve commiserated with families, we’ve celebrated donations, and we’ve been overjoyed at helping the families that we’ve been able to help so far. Thanks again to everyone who has shared in getting the word out and participating!