Distribution of OFTP Brochures/Literature
One key area that OFTP always requires assistance in is "spreading the word of our organization". It is important and helpful for members to place OFTP membership brochures in their local libraries, community centres, etc. If you would like copies of the brochure please contact us.
It is also useful if local support groups host Information Meetings in their area. A local group would organize the date and location and OFTP would provide homeschooling literature and a speaker on any topic that the group would like. OFTP can also provide funding for rental of a location for the information meeting. For further information on hosting an Information Meeting, please contact us.
OFTP has developed a policy for sponsoring regional conferences hosted by a local support group. If you are interested in hosting a conference and/or curriculum fair in your area, please contact us for more information. (See also the Decision-Making Agreement.)
Article Submission for Home Rules Newsletter
OFTP is always looking for articles on personal homeschooling stories, book reviews, curriculum reviews, research information, etc. On our newsletter pages, you'll find information on the types of material we are looking for, as well as guidelines and submission dates. Please contact the newsletter editor to submit articles or query further.
OFTP Phone Line
OFTP maintains a phone line (416-410-5218 or 1-800-704-0448) which anyone can call to get advice and information about homeschooling. OFTP members volunteer to answer the phone line. If you would like to volunteer to pick up calls, please contact the hotline volunteer. Members are provided with instructions and support in retrieving messages and responding to inquiries. They will also be compensated for all of their long distance costs.
Website maintenance and additions
You can help keep our website up to date by reporting any broken or outdated links or other outdated information you come across. If you'd like to take it a step further, you could check pages on a regular basis, systematically following each link to make sure it still leads to a valid URL. Phone numbers and addresses can also change, so let the website manager know if you become aware of incorrect contact information on pages such as those listing resources. Adding new resources to our list is also something you can help with. If you come across an interesting website, book, service or other resource, let the website manager know. It would help if you provide a description along with the link, ISBN, or contact information, as the case may be. If website maintenance or webdesign are areas of interest to you, contact the website manager to find out how else you can help.
Volunteering as an administrator
Some of the ongoing roles are filled by administrators -- Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Printing/Mailing Coordinator, etc. When an administrator is no longer able to fill a position, a call for volunteers will go out to the entire membership, and the Membership Secretary may also contact those in the Talent Bank who have indicated an interest in the position in question. See the mandate and guidelines for the various positions or ask about them on the oftp or OFTPEXEC list.
Participating on the executive
The Executive is open to all OFTP members. As a non-hierarchical group, we share the decision-making power through consensus of all who wish to speak up (see the Decision-Making Agreement). Members can join the OFTPEXEC e-list to participate in discussion and volunteer for executive tasks, or simply to keep themselves informed of the issues under discussion.
- Web Design
- Writing (articles, letters to editor, press releases, etc.)
- Public Relations/Marketing
- Political Lobbying
- Local Support Contact
- Single Parent Issues
- Web Research
- Social Work Issues
- Legal Issues
- Public Speaking
- Conference Planning
- Contact Schools/School Boards
- Work on Committee/Project
- Organize Info Meeting
- Children with Special Needs Issues
For more information on volunteering contact OFTP.