YES! In response to the requests we've had, MDHSA will offer laminated membership ID cards for all families who donate at least $10 to our GFM campaign. We'll send out details on how to get your card when we send you a thank you note for your donation. Spread the word and help us get to 100 memberships this week. - - - - - - UPDATE [6/10/19]:
The Maryland Science Center has generously donated FOUR tickets to our fundraiser. Help us reach 100 individual donors of $5 or more and we will randomly select one family to go to the Science Center for FREE! - - - - - -
Who is the Maryland Homeschool Association?
MDHSA is a grassroots, all-volunteer run, secular, and inclusive organization that supports the needs of homeschoolers in the state of Maryland. Founded by Alessa Giampaolo Keener, MDHSA serves as a clearinghouse for information about homeschooling in Maryland and a monitor of regulatory and legislative issues relating to homeschooling.
Why MDHSA Needs Your Help?
Despite countless volunteer hours from families across the state, for more than 15 years, all the costs associated with maintaining the MDHSA website and its occasional community activities have been paid for by a single family. While helping to make information freely available to Maryland families who homeschool over 28,000 children across the state is a labor of love, it also comes with a financial price tag.
Having recently undergone unexpected heart surgery (and all the copays and deductibles that go with it), Alessa and her family are asking the community for financial help in keeping the MDHSA website going. Your $5, $10, or $25 donation will go directly towards supporting the access of helpful and reliable information about homeschooling in Maryland.
[Updated] In response to some questions we've gotten about recognizing top donors, MDHSA will be creating a special recognition page on our mdhsa.com site to thank individuals, organizations, and business who donate at leadership levels.
Recognition levels will be:
$25 donation: Listed with a bullet point by their business name only as a Homeschool Supporter
$50 donation: Listed with a bullet point by their business name and a clickable link as a Homeschool Patron
$100 donation: Listed with a business logo, name, and clickable link as a Homeschool Champion
We will also be pleased to alphabetically list the names of all donors who support our fundraiser at any giving level. If you have already donated at one of these leadership levels, we will reach out to you personally about adding you to our recognition page.
How Your Contribution Will Help?
The MDHSA.com website is in need of an overhaul. Your contribution will cover the costs of:
1. Making MDHSA.com a responsive website that is more easily viewed on phones and other electronic devices. The overhaul will also redesign the homeschool support directories, making them easier to search for classes and service providers that cater to homeschool families.
2. Purchasing a website security certificate
3. Web hosting
4. Additional funds beyond what are needed for the professional web redesign will go towards paying homeschool parents (like yourself) a living wage for contributing quality content that will help MDHSA.com continue to grow
What Else Can You Do?
MDHSA succeeds in meeting its mission of supporting homeschool families when volunteers come forward to help. Our volunteer rolls constantly shift, as families graduate their homeschool kids or transition back into public school. Email us if you have a couple of hours to spare one day – or would like to help out on a more regular basis. We are always in need of help with social media admin duties, writing content for the website, doing research for legislative outreach, curating the community calendar, and responding to new family inquiries. We would love to have you join our efforts!