We are all aware of the devastation caused by the recent flooding in South Carolina. Homes and communities throughout the state were damaged, in particular those in the midlands and low country. Many homes were destroyed and even lives lost during the recent events. Many prayers are being lifted on behalf of all of the families affected.
Homeschooling families who have been displaced by the flooding face an added challenge. In addition to their homes, their educational teaching materials like books, computers, and educational toys are damaged or destroyed. The school year is definitely disrupted.
Several organizations are stepping forward to help homeschoolers in South Carolina. The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) and the Home School Foundation (HSF) have set up funds and collection points for materials to help South Carolina homeschoolers.
SCAIHS, founded in 1990, is the oldest and one of the largest home school organization in South Carolina. Based in the Columbia area, it serves members throughout the state. SCAIHS provides curriculum and education counselling along with providing the accountability record keeping that is mandated by the state. SCAIHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
HSF is the charitable arm of the Home School Legal Defence Association (HSLDA), which is a national organization providing legal assistance, pro-homeschool lobbying, and homeschooling services to homeschoolers throughout the country. The HSF is also a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Although the flood relief program is being administered by SCAIHS, a homeschool family does not need to be a SCAIHS member to receive help. This flood relief program is to help all homeschoolers throughout the state of South Carolina. If you know of any homeschoolers who have been impacted by the flooding, please have them contact SCAIHS via email or phone.
SCAIHS office phone number is 803-454-0427. The office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 5:00. If calling after hours, just leave a message and contact information.
Donations can be sent to SCAIHS or HSF. Cash donations can be made at the website of either organization.
If donating on the SCAIHS page, select the box saying you would like to designate a donation and then select SC Homeschool Flood Relief Fund.
If donating to HSF, select the “Donate” button and then select the “Compassion/Emergency Response Fund.”
If you would like to donate materials for homeschoolers who have affected by the flooding, there is one collection location in the upstate. The First Baptist Church in Taylors, 200 W Main St, Taylors, SC, will serve as a collection point on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 3:00 when the Upstate Homeschool Co-op is meeting there.
Donations can also be sent to the SCAIHS office:
930 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, SC 29033
As more information becomes available on the flood relief effort, it will be posted on the SCAIHS Facebook page.
Please pray for everyone affected by the flooding. And if you are able, please help assist the homeschoolers in South Carolina whose home education has been disrupted.