1) Help by emailing your parish (and perhaps other nearby parishes) to see if they can include an announcement about the conference in their weekly bulletin. We have provided the text for such an announcement below. All you need to do is copy it into an email and send it to your parish office.
IHM Homeschool Conference – March 21, 2014
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Long Island Homeschool and Parent Conference will be held at the Cure of Ars Roman Catholic Church, 2323 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY, 11566, on Friday, March 21 (12:00pm – 8:00pm). Confirmed speakers include: Fr. Luke Sweeney, Fr. Brian Barr, Mrs. Alice Gunther, Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett, and Mrs. Virginia Seuffert! Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call 540-622-5543 or visit www.ihmconference.org
2) Help by volunteering to work at the conference. We usually need several volunteers to help us at our Registration Table. The work is very light, but very important. Although we do not charge admission at our conferences, it is important for us to have attendees sign in so that we can let them know about future conferences. We also have name tags for attendees to fill out and if they have not brought a copy of the schedule with them, we need to provide it.
Volunteering Incentives: IHM wishes to offer volunteers a gift for helping at the conference. Volunteers who sign up for one time slot will have the option of choosing two free books from Virginia Seuffert’s “Ginny’s Gems” series (retail $7.95 each), Virginia’s new book “It Doesn’t Have to be This Way!” (retail $7.95), or John Clark’s book on parenting entitled “Who’s Got You?” (retail $8.95). Volunteers that sign up for the entire day will be given a free MP3 recording from the 2013 National Conference (retail $35), or from the National Conference from 2012 or 2011. These items are displayed in the image below:
Below we have a volunteer schedule, and if you are available to volunteer for one of the shifts, we would be most appreciative! We would like to have two people signed up for each shift. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (540) 622-5543 and let us know what time slot you would be able to fill. Please include in the email your name and phone number (cell phone preferred).
|IHM Long Island Volunteer Roster|
|Friday March 21, 11:30pm – 2:00pm||(volunteer needed)||(volunteer needed)|
|Friday March 21, 2:00pm – 5:00pm||(volunteer needed)|
|Friday March 21, 5:00pm – 7:30pm||(volunteer needed)|
3) Our conferences are free to attend, but obviously they are not free to put on. IHM Conferences require your financial assistance to operate. If you are able to make a donation toward the conference, that would help ensure that these conferences can continue in the future.
Conscious of keeping our spending to a minimum while still providing the highest quality conferences we can, our costs are not huge (so your donation goes a long way). Your donation will help us defray the most significant costs of running a conference which are the facility rental (except in rare cases where we are able to get a free facility), speaker travel and honorariums, and promotion. (Our speakers believe strongly in our mission and give us staggering discounts compared with their usual speaking fees. When you speak with them at the conferences, please let them know how much you appreciate them!) The chart on the right shows the average breakdown of our costs (and where your donation goes).
You can donate online through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to donate).
Thank you so much for your help! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.