Convention is coming and I’m making my lists and anticipating happy hours spent looking at curriculum, buying curriculum, making lesson plans and finally teaching!
I‘m also anticipating the joy of being able to talk to other homeschoolers and encourage and be encouraged.
Honestly, that is probably the biggest benefit of the HEAV Convention to me! The way in which perfect strangers united by a shared purpose step into each other’s lives for a weekend and bless, encourage and refresh each other.
In little moments in the Exhibit Hall when two moms are looking at the same curriculum and fall into conversation…..
At the HEAV tables in the lobby where seasoned homeschoolers point dozens of inquirers toward the right resources (and the bathrooms!)….
At the Special Needs Resource Table (where I volunteer) talking with parents about how to teach their struggling learners and encouraging them to “take courage”…..
In the workshops……
At the Used Curriculum Sale…..
Everywhere there are homeschoolers helping each other!
Some of this help is just the effect of like minded people inhabiting the same space, but much of it comes from the small army of volunteers necessary to make the Convention all that it is.
Today we are just two weeks away from Convention and the need for volunteers is high.
Can you give an hour or two to help?
Volunteers are needed in particular in the following areas according to Jennifer Jessen, the Volunteer Coordinator:
Registration needs adults to serve in On-Site Registration on Friday (all time slots). These are the folks who help unregistered attendees determine which level of convention registration is right for them, and then process the payment. Shifts are three-hours long. Without good volunteers here the registration lines will be long and slow.
Speaker Assistants are needed in the Dissection Lab and Art Workshop, as well as at Crystal Paine’s book table and Voddie Baucham’s book table. These volunteer needs are not listed on the Volunteer Sign-Up Application, so interested volunteers will need to contact me directly at email@example.com. Speaker Assistants are also needed in the teen Apologia program. Volunteers could be older teens. The perk here is that a full-time teen volunteer can participate in the program for free, but he must volunteer for both days.
The HEAV Tables still need experienced homeschool parents to work at the tables. They will answer general homeschool questions, and direct folks to appropriate resources. All three days need volunteers rather urgently. (This is one of my favorite spots to volunteer, I always have wonderful conversations and frequently run into people I haven’t seen in years! …K)
If you would encourage folks to volunteer at the convention, HEAV would be grateful! Of course, one should volunteer because it is the right thing to do (even Jesus came to serve and not to be served Matthew 20:28), but HEAV expresses appreciation for volunteers by offering a Golden Ticket for early shopping in the UCS. Volunteers may enter the UCS on Friday morning up to one hour before Pre-Registered attendees. (After 3 p.m. Friday everyone may come and go at will.)
One other note: Volunteer sign-ups will be temporarily suspended beginning Sunday, June 7, so that we may print and stuff volunteer packets, and move to the convention center and set up. Volunteer sign-ups will resume on-site on Thursday, June 11, but we will be unable to accept sign-ups from June 7 through June 10.
Won’t you come and help? I look forward to seeing many, many people wearing Volunteer Buttons and carrying a Golden Ticket!