Oregon: Support Groups
Brownsville Homeschool Association
Shawnna Richards
bsrichards@centurytel.net
541-367-5178
Dana Morehead
ddmorehead@yahoo.com
541-367-6413
Geographic Area Serving: Linn County-Brownsville-Sweet Home-Lebanon, Oregon
Description: Brownsville Homeschool Association is a group that offers enrichment classes one day per week as well as organized field trips and support for parents of home schooled children. We cover the Linn County Area and meet weekly in Brownsville at the Central Linn School District Main Offices for classes in a classroom setting. Our curriculum for home school enrichment classes are teacher & parent approved, and not chosen by the school district. Teachers of the enrichment classes are home school parents. Enrichment classes consist of Science, History, Physical Education, Sign Language and Creative Writing. We have three classes K-3rd grade, 4th-6th Grade, and 7-12th Grade. All classes have the same curriculum, and are geared for the appropriate age levels of the classes.
Requirements: Our group does not require fees, however, to participate in classes, you must be registered in the Central Linn School District.
Benefits: We also have families that do not attend classes, that are part of our e-mailing news and join us for field trips, support and testing for state in a group setting.
Cost: None
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Estacada Home Educators
Elaine Butler
elaineb@cascadeaccess.com
503-630-4187
darmoc@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Estacada/Eagle Creek, Oregon
Description: This group communicates primarily through email. To join the list, you can either send me an email , or find "ehomed" at yahoogroups.com Use the email list to discover local and/or like-minded families, relevant activities, and homeschool news and events. Share your experiences and questions with others.
Requirements: We are an inclusive group, supporting homeschool families from various philosophical and religious perspectives, cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and cooperative experiences. Use what applies to your family, and be aware of what others are doing. Understand that others may have wide religious or political differences, but we can learn from and support each other anyway.
Benefits: As a communication aid, ehomed exists to tie together local homeschoolers in whatever ways they find helpful. We have sponsored co-op classes, monthly meetings, field trips, and other events, depending on the needs of members.
Cost: None
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Eugene Area Unschoolers
Jennefer Harper
JenneferH2000@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Eugene, Oregon
Description: This is an online group with the sole purpose of connecting Eugene area unschoolers. Connecting, networking, discussion, activity planning etc. is encouraged. This is an exclusive and secular unschooling group.
Requirements: This group is for unschoolers only.
Benefits: One benefit of this group is the creation of an unschooling community in the Eugene area. Connecting is the purpose. We offer a resourceful links page, Book lending library, CD lending library and Recipe sharing file. Anything is possible.
Cost: None
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Josephine County Homeschool Network
Cynthia
pjames@budget.net
541-471-0270
Geographic Area Serving: Grants Pass, Oregon
Description: The Josephine County Homeschool Network is open to all homeschoolers. Our hope is to provide families with fun and creative options for networking and making the most out of the wonderful experience of homeschooling.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Field trips, classes, resources, etc
Cost: None
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L.I.G.H.T. (Lane Inter-Christian Guild of Home Teachers)
lighthomeschooling@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Lane County, OR
Description: LIGHT exists to support Christian homeschooling in Lane County. We do this in a variety of ways that change from year to year, but the primary way is monthly meetings to get parents together where they can network, learn, grow, and support each other in their homeschooling journey. Meetings always have a focus. A Mom's Tea, special speakers, panel discussions, family portraits, activity based meetings for the kids, and a used book sale are a few of the topics we've used recently. Our calendar is available on our website: www.lighthomeschooling.org
Requirements: Annual membership fee required, a concert of service during the year as well as a helping position for the end of the year used book sale.
Benefits: Support and activities
Cost: $20 yearly
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Lane County Christian Homeschoolers
Lane County CH Representative
LaneCH-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Lane County - Eugene & Springfield area, Oregon
Description: This group is for Christian homeschooling residents of the Eugene and Springfield area in Oregon. We are a group not just for children-type events. We are all about parent-type events, co-op classes, sharing great finds, sharing hints and tips, asking questions, telling others of free or nearly free homeschool helps/events/info, you name it!The value of some good christian friends for your children is immeasurable, as we all know! (and good for parents too!)United we are stronger-and more informed! The more active you are- the better the group is.
Requirements: There are no membership fees. We ask that you be an actively participating member. When you apply for membership, we will ask you to submit a brief introduction. Members must believe: the God of the Bible is the only true God and that our salvation rests on the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is God, who died on the cross for all mankind, was raised in the flesh and ascended to sit at the right hand of God.
Benefits: Membership card available to members which can be used for discounts at area retailers.
Cost: None
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LDS-Oregon Home Educators Association
Ann Agent
ann@lds-ohea.org
503-629-2590
Geographic Area Serving: Oregon & SW Washington
Description: Network of over 280 families from Oregon & SW Washington who seek support from other LDS homeschooling families. Members are encouraged to share news, activities that others may benefit from. Mostly an online resource through the website and eMail newsletter. Annual Conference.
Requirements: We follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Benefits: Benefits include eMail Newsletter of activities and homeschool legislation watch. Various sponsored activities throughout the year, field trips, science fair, park days, picnic and Annual Conference. Website resource includes message board, library of articles, links and password protected membership directory access to full members. Some members prefer Newsletter only participation and are not posted in the membership directory.
Cost: None
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Newberg Area Homeschool Educators Network (NAHEN)
Keta Szubart
Keta@Szubart.com
Geographic Area Serving: Newberg, Oregon and the surrounding area
Description: Our purpose is primarily to help connect the Newberg Area homeschoolers and share information. We are open to and welcome all local homeschoolers.
Requirements: Our only requirements at this time are that you introduce yourself to the list owner when you start the process of joining our yahoo group, that you are a homeschooler and that you are local or moving here.
Benefits: We have organized a local park day and a Mom's night out. We would also like to see outings, classes and other special events developed as interest arises.
Cost: None
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Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)
info@ohen.org
Geographic Area Serving: State of Oregon
Description: OHEN is an inclusive, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all of Oregon's homeschooling families. OHEN supports the right of all homeschoolers to educate their children with as little government intervention as possible. Celebrating the diversity within our homeschooling community, OHEN welcomes any person without regard to educational philosophy, religion, creed, race, color, sex or ethnic or national origin.
Requirements: Lifetime membership dues
Benefits: OHEN follows state legislative activity and local and national trends that might affect homeschooling. OHEN volunteers try to be vigilant in keeping families informed in order to protect the natural right of parents to educate their children. OHEN sponsors a statewide conference and occasional workshops. This and other events are announced through the OHEN E-group and on this website. OHEN responds to inquiries about homeschooling. OHEN maintains a library of homeschooling books for use by members. OHEN maintains an announcement-only e-group for communication to members.
Cost: $25 (lifetime membership)
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Rogue Valley Homeschoolers
Corin
corin@giftedhomeschoolers.org
Geographic Area Serving: Josephine & Jackson, Oregon
Description: This is a secular support & activities group for homeschoolers in Josephine and Jackson counties in southern Oregon. All are welcome regardless of religion, method of homeschooling, reasons for homeschooling, and so on. Stop by and say 'hi!'
Requirements: None
Benefits: We provide support, encouragement, community and shared resources for families homeschooling in Josephine & Jackson counties.
Cost: None
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SHINE (Salem Homeschool Independent Network of Educators)
Sonja Persey
aussiemixmom@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Salem and surrounding areas, Oregon
Description: SHINE is an organization for support, educational fieldtrips and socialization of homeschooling families in Salem, Oregon and surrounding areas.
Requirements: SHINE holds park days, meetings and annual get-togethers such as camping trips and picnics. No one person or commitee is required to plan any activity. Families are invited to plan social activities and/or field trips of their choice. We remain free, open and most of all simple and uncomplicated. This enables each family to decide its own homeschool needs and how best to meet those needs. We are open to ALL homeschool families regardless of reason for homeschooling, and religious or political affiliations. Emphasis is on group activities with respect, compassion and tolerance toward others. SHINE welcomes all homeschoolers, however we do strive to uphold Christian morals and values.
Benefits: Support, field trips, socialization
Cost: None
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TEACH - Total Education At Christian Homes
Dave & Kris Mays
krismays@aol.com
541-955-0800
Jeff & Beth Gratias
jgratias@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Grants Pass, (in and around)
Description: We are a group of Christian homeschooling families in and around Grants Pass, OR. We are diverse in our approaches to homeschooling but united in our faith in Jesus Christ. You do not need to be a member of TEACH to attend our monthly support meetings. Please invite friends who are new to homeschooling or are considering homeschooling to our meetings. We would love to have them!
Requirements: Our Philosophy Statement - We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired, without error, and authoritative word of God; God manifests Himself in three fully divine persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died, rose from the grave and ascended into heaven; and salvation is experienced as a free gift by those who place their faith in Him. God is sovereign; thus, all aspects of life, including, but not limited to, education are to be related to Him and viewed through His corrective lens, Scripture. A Christian education — defined as one that revolves around and is founded upon the truth and reality of Jesus Christ — is what we want to provide for our children. We further advocate parents to be as much a part of their children's education as is possible. We do require at least one parent to be a professing Christian.
Benefits: Membership allows access to our secure website bulletin board, field trips, and other TEACH activities as well as a listing in our member business directory.
Cost: $15 yearly
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The CHOC Board
Tammy
westside@chocboard.net
Geographic Area Serving: Westside (and general) Portland, Oregon
Description: The Christian Homeschool Online Community (CHOC) board is an interactive online support network providing information about local events, activities, programs, resources, and general homeschool support from and to homeschoolers in the Washington County and extended Portland, Oregon areas.
Requirements: All posts must be wholesome, courteous, useful to homeschoolers, and respectful of a Christian worldview.
Benefits: Information about local resources, classes, activities, and events through our interactive online message forums
Cost: None
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Veneta Home Education Network
Donna Jones
venetahomeeducationnetwork-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Veneta - West Lane County, Oregon
Description: This is a small group of homeschoolers building community in the West Lane area of Oregon. All homeschoolers are welcome regardless of race, religion or homeschool style. This group is not an email list only - we want to get to know you and your family. Please include contact info if requesting membership.
Requirements: All members are required to host 2 activities per year. This can be as simple as a play date or a more elaborate field trip. You are not required to attend activities. Please make this group your own - if you would like to see something happen - make it happen.
Benefits: We have a newsletter available at the Fern Ridge Library. There are also 4th Tuesday Park Days if you would like to come out and meet everyone.
Cost: None
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