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Home School Foundation
Home School Foundation Report--September/October 2009

Home School Foundation Report

September/October 2009

Friends of the Home School Foundation,

The purpose of the Home School Foundation is to help families continue
to homeschool through hard times. And many people are indeed in hard
times as the Foundation reaches its 15th Anniversary.

Nevertheless, it is exciting to look back and see what the Lord has
done in and through the Foundation over the last 15 years. Even in the
midst of tough economic times we are continuing to grow, at the same
time we're meeting more needs than ever before.


Because You Helped

Each of you who have prayed and/or given is a part of the blessings.
Here are just a few notes from grateful homeschooling parents that
testify to the power of your gifts:

A homeschooling single mom writes: I just wanted to thank you all for
the scholarship. I had forgotten all about it, and when I went to my
mailbox last Friday and saw the envelope I decided to open it last.
When I did, all I did was cry. I could not believe my eyes. He works
in mysterious ways. This will allow me to be able to continue to buy
Kenzie's books and keep homeschooling her and letting God be in her
life all hours of the day. Thank you once again. --Cindy G.

A homeschooling widow we helped wrote us: I need to let you know that
by God's grace and your faithful help, I will be graduating my
youngest child within the next month. Your special help to our family
after my husband died 17 years ago has been immeasurable. We are
grateful for the Christmas gifts which you have sent, the HSLDA
membership, the cookbook we received last year, and especially for the
help in purchasing curriculum. Thanks to you, I did not feel so
alone; you greatly lifted my burden. --Karen H.

A mother homeschooling her special needs children: I just received a
check from you that makes it possible for my son to see a reading
specialist, and I want to thank you for this tremendous blessing! I am
so thankful for God's provision and your part in it. I can't wait to
send a testimony in to you about how God has worked not only in my
son's life, but mine as well. --Vicki R.

A homeschool group we helped through a group grant this summer wrote:
I want to express our sincere appreciation for your assistance through
the grant. Our resource center is helping new families on their
homeschool journey find the best curriculum for them and their
children. Thank you for being a part of that. --Shelly N.


Celebrating 15 Years of Serving the Homeschool Community

Look at what the Lord has done through homeschoolers giving to other
homeschoolers as the Home School Foundation celebrates its 15th


HSF Christmas Card Contest Winners Announced

Every year the Home School Foundation sends Christmas cards to widows
and single parents who have received assistance from the Foundation.
This Christmas season the Home School Foundation hosted its second
Christmas Card Contest asking homeschooling parents and teens to
design the artwork for the Christmas greeting card.

View the winning entries!


Combined Federal Campaign Donations

You may not know that the Home School Foundation is a qualified
charity for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

If you are looking for a charity to designate donations for the CFC,
or perhaps know a military family who would be interested, we hope you
will consider the Home School Foundation for the 2008-2009 campaign
and even pass the word along to others. The number of families
applying to us for help grows every year, and it is only through
donations from compassionate homeschooling families that we are able
to help them.

Thank you for considering the Home School Foundation for your
designated CFC giving. Our CFC number is 10535.


Annual Report Online

Even in the midst of tough economic times the Home School Foundation
is growing like never before, at the same time as the need is growing
like never before. And, as in times past, the Lord has faithfully

It is a humbling and exhilarating thing to be used as an instrument of
God's provision. Thank you for being a part of our ministry to support
parents as they strive to honor the Lord in the way they train and
educate their children.

To get a glimpse of what God has done in the homeschool community
through the Foundation this past fiscal year, view the 2008-2009 HSF
Annual Report.


Give the Homeschool Cookbook: Family Favorites from the Homeschool

Filled with mouth-watering recipes and heartwarming stories from
homeschooling cooks of all ages, "Family Favorites from the Homeschool
Kitchen" will brighten your kitchen and delight your family for years
to come.

You can purchase the cookbook for yourself, a loved one, and/or make a
donation of one to a homeschooling widow the Home School Foundation
assists. We have received several letters of thanks from some of the
widows who received a cookbook, and it is a joy to see how much such a
simple token can encourage someone. One widow said:

I just wanted to send a note of thanks for the homeschool cookbook I
received through the generosity of the Home School Foundation. What a
wonderful surprise! It brought tears to my eyes reminding me of how
my late husband would often surprise me with gifts and tokens of his
love and appreciation. You couldn't possibly know how much things
like this mean to me. In the world as it is today, it helps keep my
faith in mankind. HSLDA and the Homeschool Foundation are truly a
blessing to our family!

Proceeds from the cookbook will go to the Foundation. Find out how to
order your book today.


HSF on Facebook

The Home School Foundation is on Facebook! Join the growing number of
supporters online and stay in touch with what HSF is doing and ways
you can be involved.

You can also now link to the Home School Foundation on your blog or
website with our banners.


Donate Without Opening Your Checkbook

Now you can give to the Home School Foundation just by searching the
web! Simply add Good Search to your toolbar. Good Search is powered by
Yahoo, so you search the web just the same, only every search earns
$0.01 for HSF. Simply go to Good Search select the Home School
Foundation, and search as usual.


CLICKS for Homeschooling: Give While You Shop

Here's a great way to help homeschoolers any time you shop online:
purchase materials online from a company that gives to the Home School

All you have to do is go to Clicks for Homeschooling (under the "Resources and
Shopping" tab at our home page and click on the link to the store of
your choice. Then you shop just like normal and the store will track
that you came from the HSLDA site and give a percentage of what you
spend to the Foundation.

You don't have to pay any extra--all you have to do is go to the HSLDA
Clicks site first and the company you are buying from does the rest.

The Foundation has an affiliate agreement with dozens of retailers
including, Answers in Genesis, Family Christian Stores,
Rosetta Stone, Barnes and Noble, National Geographic, Staples, and
many, many others.

Last year our Clicks program generated over $33,000 in donations to
the Foundation's Compassion Fund.


Essay Contest to Help Special Needs Children

As you may know, the proceeds from the contests HSLDA sponsors
throughout the year go to help the Home School Foundation's Special
Needs Fund.

Consequently, we want to promote these opportunities for homeschool
students to develop their skills and abilities. You can help us by
encouraging your family and friends to participate and get the word
out about the current essay contest for homeschool students. We
greatly appreciate your partnership in this project that promotes
excellence and blesses those less fortunate!

Submission dates are Oct. 1 through Nov. 1. Go to our website to see
the themes/guidelines and entry form.

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