HSLDA Ambassadors

HSLDA Ambassadors HSLDA Ambassadors is “many hands making a difference in your homeschool community,” providing homeschool families with opportunities to serve each other in tangible ways, large and small.

Our History
HSLDA Compassion, to which HSLDA Ambassadors is affiliated, was founded by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in 1994 as a non-profit charity to bless the homeschool community and promote homeschooling. The Ambassador Program was organized in 2008 to function as a bridge between the needs of homeschooling
families in distress and the availability of various resources within

Our History
HSLDA Compassion, to which HSLDA Ambassadors is affiliated, was founded by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in 1994 as a non-profit charity to bless the homeschool community and promote homeschooling. The Ambassador Program was organized in 2008 to function as a bridge between the needs of homeschooling
families in distress and the availability of various resources within

Our HSLDA Ambassadors reach out with care and concern to our grant recipient families.  Here is one example which took p...
09/08/2020

Our HSLDA Ambassadors reach out with care and concern to our grant recipient families. Here is one example which took place in Arizona. Sarah Eldridge sends her thanks:

“I have many praises and thanks to [the] HSLDA Compassion Grant community, but to my joy may I at some point meet face-to-face with the lady who reached out to me initially here in Phoenix, Arizona about this wonderful grant and who continually checked on me sharing my journey, uplifting me. Caridad Legere Cari Legere was truly a friend in a time of need. God bless her for her concern and love for my family.”

To learn more about becoming an ambassador, email [email protected]

To give to your state ambassador fund, follow this link and select your state:
https://hslda.org/donate/ambassador-fund

As  Carol Gary retires from ambassador service, we are pleased to announce that Caridad Legere will be stepping seamless...
08/25/2020

As Carol Gary retires from ambassador service, we are pleased to announce that Caridad Legere will be stepping seamlessly into the AZ State Ambassador role. She is pictured here. Cari has already demonstrated compassion, commitment, and creativity in her service as an AZ Community Ambassador under Carol's leadership.

Carol, who retires after 7 years of service, is being honored with a $500 donation to her son's memorial scholarship fund. We appreciate your stellar service from 2013-2020.

Congratulations to Carol Gary and the AZ Ambassador Team!  They have earned the 2020 Ambassador Service Award for fundra...
08/25/2020

Congratulations to Carol Gary and the AZ Ambassador Team! They have earned the 2020 Ambassador Service Award for fundraising and family assistance.

The $1,000 travel stipend award for attending the annual national conference (which is not occurring this year because of CV19) will be as follows:

$500 to be donated to the Evan C. Gary Scholarship Memorial (in honor and memory of Evan, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 14 but not before living a life imminently glorifying to God) and

$500 contributed by HSLDA to the AZ State Ambassador Fund and earmarked for assisting AZ homeschooling families.

Thank you for your 7 years of distinguished service, Carol!

#stellarambassadorservice

Clarabelle Cipriano-Ortiz, PA HSLDA State Ambassasor Volunteer enjoys lakeside life with her husband and children as the...
07/13/2020

Clarabelle Cipriano-Ortiz, PA HSLDA State Ambassasor Volunteer enjoys lakeside life with her husband and children as they wrap up another successful homeschool year!

Our HSLDA State Ambassador Volunteer Maria Chamberlain (NH-VT-ME) appeared on FOX recently!   HSLDA Ambassadors are volu...
06/05/2020
Schools closed for coronavirus? Here's how to teach kids at home

Our HSLDA State Ambassador Volunteer Maria Chamberlain (NH-VT-ME) appeared on FOX recently!

HSLDA Ambassadors are volunteers who represent HSLDA Compassion in 35 states and raise funds to help struggling homeschooling families in their communities. They also mentor families desiring to homeschool.

Maria says, “NBC Today and Fox News got in touch with me. I had contributed homeschooling tips for the Today article along with a few other homeschooling moms, and then I was invited to be on Fox News. I anticipate hearing from moms and dads who saw the clip, and I will share HSLDA’s Quick Start to Homeschooling link.”

The links if you would like to see them:
https://www.today.com/parents/coronavius-schools-closed-here-s-how-teach-kids-home-t175904
https://video.foxnews.com/v/6145463261001?playlist_id=938973798001#sp=show-clips

"Your 'school day' will not be perfect, and that's OK. Just try to remember you're adjusting to something new and there will be some bumps along the way."

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06/05/2020

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From HSLDA Ambassadors

A heart-warming story about the impact that financial assistance had on a struggling homeschool family. Written by IL State Ambassador Volunteer Kimberly B.

If only we could all have the strength of “Kelly,” a dear homeschooling mother of five. Kelly’s oldest daughter had very special needs and required constant, faithful care. Kelly never mentions this as being a burden, saying only that “she taught us way more.” This sweet family sadly said goodbye to that daughter recently, her death deeply impacting everyone in the family. Homeschooling can be challenging in itself; imagine the added weight of losing a precious family member.

One of the children struggled a great deal while his sister was in hospital care for long periods of time, requiring Kelly to carefully balance her time away. Kelly continued to homeschool her children, ignoring the negativity of others, and never giving up on what she believed was right. Homeschooling gave her children consistency and the freedom to be together in this most difficult time.

The family has struggled financially since losing their home several years ago. With the loss of their daughter, additional serious financial strain set in. The HSLDA Illinois Ambassador Volunteer Kimberly Bingham knew of their situation and recommended the family for a grant from the Illinois State Ambassador Fund. This grant allowed the family to purchase essential household items that they had been living without, helped bolster the family’s hope, and supported them on their homeschooling path.

Although they have experienced great want, Kelly joyfully says, “We have learned to live in lack, even as Paul talks about!” Kelly quotes from Philippians 4: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Verses 11-13)

So much good is possible when we come together to support one another. In this case of Kelly’s family, donations to the Illinois State Ambassador Fund made a huge difference.

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador, email [email protected].

Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a special touch at Xmas time to p...
05/27/2020

Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a special touch at Xmas time to put presents under the tree, buy food for a holiday meal, or purchase other essential home items. Three families received such a Christmas blessing in 2019.

Ambassador Volunteer [on one of the Christmas Blessing recipient families]:

"When I arrived to deliver the gift card, I was received by the 7, and 2 year old boys. I got a big hug! It was priceless! Both, Aaron* and Kim*, were overjoyed with my short visit, with their hearts full of gratitude! The two older boys were telling me all about their fish, crabs, and cars! They are going to be using this gift card to buy groceries and some gifts for their kids for Christmas. Their youngest boy will have his tracheotomy removed next month and see if he can eat and regain his vocal cords. Two weeks ago, I consulted Kim about the tracheotomy and still hasn't been removed. But what impacted me the must was that even though they have gone through a lot lately, I perceived peace and harmony in their home, that peace that only comes from the Lord."

*Name and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

05/20/2020

Each winter, HSLDA Ambassador Volunteers find families struggling financially who need a special touch at Xmas time to put presents under the tree, buy food for a holiday meal, or purchase other essential home items. Three families received such a Christmas blessing in 2019.

Ambassador Volunteer [on one of the Christmas Blessing recipient families]:

"Lisa* is a single mom who fled an abusive situation. She is has no family or close friends who can help her. She works two small jobs to keep her and her middle school age child in public housing complex and other necessities. They attend a small church weekly where they are as active as possible. She never complains and is committed to homeschooling her child. The gift card at Christmas meant she could buy some clothes for her child and a few craft supplies for her homeschooling. It was a special boost for her Christmas!"

*Name and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Do you recall the devastating flooding that swept through several Midwestern states along the Missouri River last spring...
05/15/2020

Do you recall the devastating flooding that swept through several Midwestern states along the Missouri River last spring? In Nebraska, just five days after the March flooding started, 64 of the state’s 93 counties and four tribal areas were declared to be in a state of emergency. Gilles and Brooke Terzi of Gibbon, Nebraska, were living in one of those counties when floodwaters quickly swelled. Peaking at 17.6 feet, the flooding closed roads and bridges and necessitated car rescues and home evacuations for many of their town’s families.

In the Terzis’ basement, six feet of water destroyed all of their homeschool curriculum and supplies. Gilles, an automotive technician, and Brooke, a stay-home mom, were first-year homeschoolers. Now they had lost all the educational materials that they had carefully assembled at the beginning of the school year. They wondered how they would replace their children’s curriculum, in addition to completing the other cleanup and repairs needed after the flood.

Then, Brooke found a post on social media.

HSLDA Nebraska State Ambassador, Kathryn, had collaborated with her local homeschool group to broadcast a statewide message offering assistance to homeschool families impacted by the flooding. It was this message that Brooke Terzi and several other families saw and responded to, just when they most needed help.

The day the Terzi children received their new homeschool books and supplies thanks to a Disaster Relief Grant, their mother Brooke shared a video clip of her happy, smiling kids saying, "Thank you very much!" Mom’s attached message read, "They are so excited!! We can't thank you enough for granting this to our family."

Because of the support they received, the Terzi family was able to keep on homeschooling!

From a Missouri Ambassador Volunteer: "I had the privilege of interviewing a wonderful young mom, who has four beautiful...
05/01/2020

From a Missouri Ambassador Volunteer:

"I had the privilege of interviewing a wonderful young mom, who has four beautiful daughters and just recently lost her fifth daughter. The family learned that the baby would be born with health problems and would require extended hospital care. Through homeschooling, the family was able to spend as much time as possible with their precious new baby. Whether it was time spent at the hospital, or time caring for the baby at home, homeschooling allowed them the freedom to be together, making memories and lavishing love on their sweet baby. Precious memories were made as well as wonderful, teachable moments the parents and children will cherish forever. I am thankful to have the privilege to interview this wonderful, sweet mom, knowing her has made my life a little brighter and has made me want to slow down and truly enjoy each one of my precious children God has blessed me with, hug them a little tighter, and make lasting memories as we continue our homeschool journey."

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

If you would like to give a donation ear-marked to help families in your state, use this link and select your state >> https://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=328&a=429&p=936&fundid=260&amount=25&src=1708TXAmbemail

04/24/2020

HSLDA Compassion and an HSLDA Ambassador Volunteer saved one family’s ability to homeschool by providing support just in the nick of time. Names changed to preserve privacy, the family’s hopes and plans had changed drastically. Neil had lost three jobs in less than two years. A veteran struggling with the effects of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety, Neil was unable to provide for the family at the time. Homeschooling is challenging under perfect circumstances, and these events took a heavy toll on the family.

Debra began working from home, just as Neil left to search for employment out-of-state. During this time, he ceased to be actively involved in the family. Debra shouldered the responsibilities of taking care of the home, homeschooling the children, and working from home.

Debra’s earnings fell short of replacing Neil’s provision, and she voiced a very practical question: “Could I really keep homeschooling the children and earn enough working from home?” She was on the verge of seeking employment outside of the home and enrolling her children in the public school system, when a grant administrator of HSLDA Compassion suggested that she apply for a grant from the Illinois State Ambassador Fund. She was touched that someone would care enough to make such a suggestion. Debra was already several months behind in purchasing needed supplies and curriculum to equip her children with what they needed to continue learning for the school year. HSLDA Ambassador Volunteer Kimberly Bingham worked with HSLDA Compassion to arrange a grant for Debra.

The family gratefully received the grant, allowing Debra to buy needed homeschool items and tools. She says, “When I received the grant, I felt so bolstered, supported, and loved. I felt like, yes, I can do this, and I’m not in it alone. I nearly gave up before that. I just couldn’t see how I was going to make homeschooling work this year. The grant arranged by my HSLDA Ambassador helped bridge the gap. My children were over the moon! They were excited and less hopeless about our uncomfortable situation.”

HSLDA Ambassador Bingham says that Debra was able to purchase what she needed because the kindness of others, donating to help families just like hers in Illinois. “What an amazing organization to be a part of!”

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

Hope Destroyed by Mold, Restored by Ambassador Compassion The experts came, and according to their report, everything ha...
04/16/2020

Hope Destroyed by Mold, Restored by Ambassador Compassion

The experts came, and according to their report, everything had to go. Furniture, linens, and clothes, along with thousands of dollars of lovingly collected and curated homeschool materials, had been infested with a dangerous health-destroying mold. Most of us are completely unaware of the danger that mold can pose to our health, but the Kubicek family has first-hand knowledge, as they have been devastated by its effects.

According to a research study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2015, health effects from mold, “or mycotoxins” can range from eye irritation, to causing complications with the kidney and liver, as well as the immune, neurological and reproductive systems.

Terah Kubicek has experienced a great number of these effects. Her husband Evan had built their home over the course of 6 years while they lived abroad, but as soon as she and her family came to live there, she began suffering serious health issues. After numerous doctor visits and seemingly endless treatment protocols, Terah was still very sick and no one could tell her why.

In the summer of 2019, things went suddenly “crazy”, as she says. “We had leak after leak show up in our roof that created mold we could see, and we were cleaning the mold and patching [the leaks] up, but my health was going down quickly. So, we all ended up leaving our house and moving into my mom's house with our few possessions.”

The Kubiceks conducted a mold test and found that their house was highly infested with mold, so they decided to hire a mold remediation company to clean. The Kubiceks found enormous amounts of mold under their laminate flooring and carpet. Terah said, “It was basically everywhere.” After a lot of research and listening to experts, they came to learn that because of the way that mold spores spread, they would not be able to keep any of their possessions that can harbor mold spores, or their next home would become infested.

The Kubiceks have learned that although most insurance companies will help replace belongings when they are lost in a fire, they will not typically cover mold infestations. But, Terah says that there have been some silver linings, the first being that they have finally been able to discover what has been affecting her health, so now she can look forward to healthier days. The second silver lining is the help they have received from generous donors and from HSLDA Compassion.

She says, “With the grant we were given we were able to replace some of our homeschool curriculum and begin again. Getting rid of the homeschool curriculum was the hardest thing for me, but getting the ambassador grant gives me hope, knowing that God will keep on providing for our needs and carry us through this crazy journey we've been in these last 4 years..."

“It feels like I can breathe again -- our being able to buy curriculum for us to continue our homeschool journey. It brings me hope knowing that the Lord will keep seeing us through this journey.”

If you would like to apply to become an ambassador in your state, email [email protected].

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I had no idea this page even existed! Happy to be a part of it now!-Denise Cockrell, Arkansas State Ambassador since Jan 2021
The work of the ambassadors is so vital during these kinds of disasters. Thank you for all you do!
Does anyone know if there is a HSF Ambassador program in Colorado?
Please enjoy this RECAP of the 6th Annual New/Used Curriculum Sale hosted by the AZ Ambassador Team for the Home School Foundation. For those who have not been able to attend yet, it will also give you a good idea as to what to expect in 2019! We THANK our over 500 patrons who attended and our wonderful event partners & sponsors (GCU, YMCA, AFHE, The Balanced Homeschooler, CHSRC, & MoezArt Productions) as well as our ten Family Table Sponsors for their participation. Results are shared at the end of the video that will enable our local team to help A LOT of local hurting homeschoolers!