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Last weekend at our Humanism at Work conference, attendees were invited to participate in two service projects: donating, sorting, and labeling books for Bernie's Book Bank (our Q2 2013 Education beneficiary), and assembling hygiene kits from donated travel-size toiletries for The Night Ministry (our current Challenge the Gap beneficiary). Our attendee-volunteers came through in spades with both donations and volunteered time. Attendees prepared 715 donated books for Bernie's Book Bank. These books will be distributed to children in the greater Chicago area who otherwise have limited access to reading materials. Bernie's Book Bank delivers at least 12 books per year to each of the children it works with, and the organization has distributed more than 2.6 million books since 2009. ...

By Kelly Wright

In order for The Night Ministry, our third-quarter Challenge the Gap beneficiary, to provide housing, health care and support to Chicago community members struggling with poverty and homelessness, they require a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Two members of this team are Cammeo Medici and Ellen Rosenwinkel. Both started with The Night Ministry on the Health Outreach Bus, which “offers medical exams, treatment and HIV testing as well as coffee, conversation and a sense of community.” Medici and Rosenwinkel continue to work on the Health Outreach Bus as bilingual health care/hospitality volunteers and are also members of The Night Ministry’s Associate Board.   The Health Outreach Bus travels to six neighborhoods, four nights per week. For those with limited ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Our first annual Humanism at Work conference has drawn to a close. For our final day, we had a collection of inspired and inspiring speakers who shared their visions about humanist service and community. For more pictures and updates, check out our Twitter feed. To read a summary of July 19 speakers, click here. Greta Christina got us started this morning with a talk about the importance of coming out atheist. Greta gave three main reasons for why we should come out atheist: Coming out makes our own lives better, so we are more able to contribute to our community; coming out helps build the freethought community, letting us create structured organizations that encourage charity and volunteer service; and coming ...

By Kelly Wright

The fantastic @hemley Gonzalez and his work and org @humanistcharity makes him the Heart of Humanism #FBBCon14 pic.twitter.com/Fqo2Lxd5fI — Found Beyond Belief (@FoundBB) July 20, 2014 Foundation Beyond Belief is thrilled to announce the winners of our second annual Heart of Humanism Awards. This year’s awards recognize individuals who made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism and the outstanding community service of local Beyond Belief Network teams in 2013. The awards were presented at the Heart of Humanism Awards dinner, July 19 at the Humanism at Work conference in Chicago. Heart of Humanism Award 2014 Hemley Gonzalez For Outstanding Contributions to Compassionate Humanism Humanist Visionary Award 2014 Conor Robinson For Envisioning Global Humanist Service Humanist Innovator Award 2014 Seráh Blain For ...

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Day two of the Humanism at Work conference was a full day of powerful speakers sharing stories of humanist work around the world and scientific approaches to maximizing our charitable efforts. Follow us on Twitter to get all the latest updates. Here’s a recap of what we heard today: Hemley Gonzalez, the founder of Responsible Charity, spoke about his experiences working in the slums of Calcutta to combat poverty. After volunteering for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Hemley was deeply troubled by the broken system and lack or real aid for the most vulnerable. Hemley now works to help break the cycle of poverty through education, microloans, and more. According to Hemley, the goal of a charitable organization should be ...

By Kelly Wright

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