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Volunteers

AHEM aims to involve and empower Massachusetts homeschoolers in the process of maintaining the rights of individual families to homeschool, today and in the future.

Thanks for your interest in becoming a volunteer with AHEM. Most of our virtual volunteer opportunities take only a few hours to complete. All can be done from the comfort of your own home. Some are opportunities for kids or teens, as well as adults, to help out a cause that is important to them.

Here are some sample jobs an online volunteer might do:

  • Proofing the website
  • Organizing a field trip
  • Fundraising
  • Tracking legislation
  • Writing newsletter articles, especially "Meet Massachusetts Homeschoolers"

If you've already volunteered with us in person, great! Feel free to skip down to where it says "Virtual Volunteers." If you are new to our organization, please continue.

New AHEM Volunteers

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc. (AHEM) is a nonprofit, independent, grassroots, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. We believe that informed and active homeschoolers are their own best advocates in maintaining the right to independently homeschool. We welcome and value the participation of anyone interested in homeschooling in Massachusetts. AHEM is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

We rely on volunteers, both onsite and online, to make it all happen. Please browse this web site to find out more. If you live in the Boston area, we strongly encourage you to consider volunteering in person as well.

Virtual Volunteers

Volunteering from a home or work computer is different from working on-site with an organization for many obvious reasons: there's usually more flexibility in the use of your time, a greater degree of independence, you interact very little (if at all) with various staff members, etc. For some, these differences make virtual volunteering ideal; these same reasons can make it difficult for others.

Setting your own schedule is one of the chief joys of virtual volunteering. However, there's nothing virtual about the commitment you are making, nor the deadlines you are assigned to complete the volunteer work. The organization is counting on you to finish any projects you volunteer for. When you agree to a virtual volunteering assignment, you are agreeing to completing the assignment on time.

It's so easy to say yes to volunteering via the Internet that many individuals sign up to do so before really considering their expectations and schedule for an assignment. Before you volunteer to help an organization via the Internet, consider the following to determine if you are ready:

  • Are you comfortable working on your own, without direct supervision?That doesn't mean you shouldn't ask for guidance when you need it. However, virtual assignments are best for those people who enjoy working on their own, with just occasional supervision.

  • Do you answer your emails quickly (no more than 48 hours/two business days after receipt)? The organization may need to contact you with a critical issue before you complete the assignment. If you are interacting one-on-one with someone as part of the virtual assignment, responsiveness is crucial to the success of your online relationship.

Volunteers are responsible for maintaining their own equipment and service provider accounts. AHEM cannot reimburse you for any equipment or access charges incurred as a result of your volunteering.

Interested in volunteering?

Please click here for the application.

Information on this page is from the Virtual Volunteering Project, http://www.serviceleader.org/vv/, part of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs.