Volunteer with VaHomeschoolers

As the state’s volunteer-driven homeschool organization, VaHomeschoolers’ work is done by our volunteers — homeschooling parents, like you, who feel strongly about supporting homeschooling in Virginia, and who recognize the importance of an organization like VaHomeschoolers. Consider supporting VaHomeschoolers by volunteering your time and abilities; not only will you be assisting us in our mission, but these volunteer opportunities are also great ways to develop (perhaps new) skills and to network with other homeschoolers!

For more information and complete job descriptions for any of these positions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator. When applying, please include a listing of relevant skills and/or any previous experience.

If none of these positions seems to be a fit, but you want to help, email our Volunteer Coordinator with your areas of interest and skills. Many volunteer opportunities exist, and we can find one that is the right size and scope for you.

Help Wanted - Positions Available

The Copy Editor for the Board of Directors should be highly organized, conscientious, and be able to work a tight timeline. They will work directly with the board on ads, official emails, conference announcements, the conference onsite pamphlet, and other written documents and communication.

Orientation to the VaHomeschoolers house style will be provided.

  • Skills and Qualities: Strong candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills; are persistent, thorough, and willing to ask questions; has a clear understanding of the Virginia homeschooling statute and has homeschooled in the past; is supportive of the inclusive nature of VaHomeschoolers.
  • Time Commitment: Greatly varies from week to week. The slowest time is during the summer; the busiest time is from December to March, to support the conference.

Our Volunteer Coordinator works with the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs to best match volunteers and their skills with the Organization’s needs. They will advertise when positions are empty, oversee the transition of volunteers into their positions, organize volunteer appreciation days on behalf of the Organization, and keep the Board of Directors up to date on volunteer changes. The Volunteer Coordinator ensures all new volunteers complete and file their paperwork.

  • Skills and Qualities: Highly organized; enjoys email correspondence; effective verbal and written communication skills; warm, tactful, and welcoming personality; possesses the ability to make others feel appreciated.
  • Time Commitment: Varies greatly from 1 to 5 hours a week; being very organized decreases time commitment.

Work closely with the Board of Directors and Volunteer Coordinator to improve statewide communication within VaHomeschoolers, arrange locations and publicity for coffee chats and seminars in your region, distribute VaHomeschoolers materials to libraries and other homeschool-friendly locations, and be a drop off point for giveback programs and used curriculum resources.

  • Skills and Qualities: Enjoy bringing people together and organizing groups; frequent public places such as libraries, rec centers, or coffee shops; effective communication skills
  • Time Commitment: At least two hours per month: more at the beginning as you are trained, tapering off as things get settled

Twice a month from September – May (and once a month in June/July/August), the Road Trips Editor will compile a list of upcoming homeschool-specific field trips and homeschool days that will take place in Virginia (or occasionally close by in MD, DC, WV, and NC) with a brief write up and info (price, location, etc.) for dissemination.

  • Skills and Qualities: Strong candidates will have a desire to volunteer behind the scenes from home, enjoy surfing the internet, are good at ferreting out information, have good email communication skills, and can follow a deadline.
  • Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week, often less.

The VaHomeschoolers Helpcenter is a free outreach program to assist anyone who has questions about homeschooling in the state of Virginia. VaHomeschoolers has both a phone line (Helpline) and an email address (Helpdesk) – both advertised on the website – through which questions can be sent.

The Helpcenter Manager facilitates the orientation of new volunteers, verifies that volunteers are on the schedule, sends schedule reminders to volunteers each week to assure a smooth transition between volunteers, and generates ideas to recruit new Helpcenter volunteers and improve the program.

  • Skills and Qualities Needed: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively either through written or verbal means, is familiar with the homeschooling statute and the legalities of homeschooling, and is supportive of the inclusive nature of VaHomeschoolers. Volunteers must have homeschooled in Virginia at least 2 years.
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 1 hour a day, per week, if scheduled to be a volunteer on the Helpline or Helpdesk. Additional time as necessary for training and scheduling.

The VaHomeschoolers Helpcenter is a free outreach program to assist anyone who has questions about homeschooling in the state of Virginia. VaHomeschoolers has both a phone line (Helpline) and an email address (Helpdesk) – both advertised on the website – through which questions can be sent. Volunteers can choose either or both services, but serving on both services is not a requirement. Depending on the number of staff available, volunteers can schedule themselves for one or more weeks a quarter.

Volunteers are able to choose their week to help each quarter. Each day, during their week, Helpcenter volunteers check for messages and return calls or emails within 48 hours.

  • Skills and Qualities Needed: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively either through written or verbal means, is familiar with the homeschooling statute and the legalities of homeschooling, and is supportive of the inclusive nature of VaHomeschoolers. Volunteers must have homeschooled in Virginia at least 2 years.
  • Time Commitment: Approximately 1 hour per day during the week the volunteer is scheduled to be on Helpline or Helpdesk.

The treasurer will receive all dues, contributions, and other income, and pay all bills of the Organization. They are also responsible for making financial reports at board meetings, submitting annual Organization financial statements and working with the Finance Committee to propose operating budgets.

  • Skills and Qualities: Basic math skills; able to reconcile a bank account; willing to learn how to run the financial reports; able to meet deadlines for relatively simple, but time-critical tasks, such as paying bills and submitting required state and federal forms; general office administration skills; trustworthy with respect to handling confidential information, as well as cash. Experience with non-profits is a bonus, but not required. Experience with financial responsibilities is beneficial.
  • Time Commitment: Varies from week to week, but a larger commitment in the weeks before the annual conference.

The Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for raising money for VaHomeschoolers and creating programs that would be mutually beneficial to VaHomeschoolers and the membership.

  • Skills and Qualities Needed: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; good at researching and devising strategies and opportunistically taking advantage of donation possibilities; adept at people management and building long-term relationships with potential donors or volunteers; and supportive of the inclusive nature of VaHomeschoolers.
  • Time Commitment: Unknown, this is a new position.

The Rewards Coordinator is responsible for identifying, applying for, maintaining the account of, and renewing accounts with stores who have rewards programs.

  • Skills and Qualities Needed: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to maintain a database of the programs, admin access, and VaHomeschoolers benefits; supportive of the inclusive nature of VaHomeschoolers. Perfect for someone who likes to work alone and behind the scenes.
  • Time Commitment: Varies, but less than 10 hours per month.

Our “Twitter Tweeter” posts VaHomeschoolers’ information and notices, re-tweets interesting posts relating to education and homeschooling, and responds to tweets mentioning VaHomeschoolers and other homeschooling posts.

  • Skills and Qualities: Effective communication skills, ability to discern possible controversial topics which need coordination before response, support the mission of VaHomeschoolers, easy access to the internet. Experience with Twitter is preferred, but not essential.
  • Time Commitment: Generally, about 10-20 minutes per day.

The Facebook content editor oversees postings that are related to homeschooling, education, parenting, special needs, or fun family activities on the official VaHomeschoolers Facebook page. The volunteer will identify and post appropriate material each day; posts can be scheduled in advance.

  • Skills and Qualities: Strong initiative, a working knowledge of Facebook, a desire to stay current on Facebook policies and algorithms, and discretion and sensitivity with regards to the rapid ripple effect of social media. A strong understanding and belief in the founding principles of VaHomeschooles is required.
  • Time Commitment: Generally 1/2 to 1 hour a week – the bulk of which will be spent surfing, looking for material. The months of August, September, February, and March are more demanding, in general, due to the high volume of new information for fall and spring events.

To inquire about any of these positions or to offer names of people you think would be suitable, please contact us or apply online.