First, we are two homeschool moms who are volunteering our time and talents for helping launch and manage a spectacular homeschool group for this area. One of us is new to town, having moved all over the country and been on boards leading highly successful large groups. We will use the best of those ideas to make this group run efficiently to meet the needs of our community. The other of us has been in leadership of this group for more than a decade and knows many of you well and will thus be the backbone of WCHS continuing her commitment to helping homeschoolers. We are not paid a salary or hourly wage to do this, just taking time from our family to help make your homeschooling local experience enriched because that is our heart to serve you. So, no, the membership fund will not be paying us personally.
Instead, we will be establishing a group budget as we gain better insight this year into the income and expenses of this group. In the past, many events that needed pre-payment had to come from someone's personal bank account setting up an event. For instance, to purchase our performing arts tickets early requires hundreds of dollars for each show. We have to do this months in advance and have personal funds tied up until much later when you actually pay to go to the event. Some groups have opted to have you personally sign up in September for the whole year, but I don't know what I'm doing months from now, so I don't like this option personally, especially remembering a dozen post dated checks even worse. It's a real issue for new homeschoolers or people who move into town or miss the sign up meeting as they can't hook in until that next window. Other groups charge a higher fee for membership to pay staff, but may still not be helping you sign up with group discounts by compiling a group for individual events. We want to offer more than just bombarding your inbox with events, but none that are attractive because there is a group coordinated (for a discount and organized event) catered to our group. So, by having a bank account with some funding, we have leverage to utilize in a much more member friendly way.
Another main reason for the cost of membership is the website which will be up to a couple thousand dollars, depending on how many members sign up, is not something we should personally volunteer from our personal budgets.
Some of you are in particularly difficult times and we understand and do not want to exclude you for just the $25. We will work out a reduced payment plan for potential members who have a deceased parent, and thus no breadwinner income, those who have lost the main income of the household, those with a life threatening illness in the family that has recently required extensive hospitalization and left them near bankrupt. Those going through a divorce or some other particularly difficult financial situation need to email us at WilliamsonCountyHomeschoolers@gmail.com so that we can help.
If you are financially secure and would like to contribute scholarship money for needy families to go on field trips or events, you may contact us as well as that will bless some who may have very large families or may have very low incomes to be able to participate more. (A $10 event may seem cheap to a family with one child, but a family with 7 kids it would be more prohibitive.). For details on giving or receiving assistance, please email us at the email above. We want to help occasionally as our funding allows.
Eventually, we hope to establish banking records that members can inquire with a notice period so our treasurer can show you where the money goes.