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Foundation Beyond Belief’s Beyond Belief Network is a network of secular humanist groups volunteering in their communities and raising money for FBB’s featured charities and programs. Any group with a public secular humanist or atheist identity is welcome to join, regardless of experience or group size. Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) was busy! In June, two COUNT volunteers worked as Housewarmers at the Columbus Ohio Ronald McDonald House (RMH). RMH provides housing and meals to families with children being treated at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and other area hospitals. Housewarmers work with the guests to provide a home-like environment. COUNT's nine Housewarmers try to volunteer at least one four-hour shift a month and have contributed 298 hours to date. In addition to ...

By Cathleen O'Grady

Humanist Crisis Response, a joint program of Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association, is launching a drive to raise funds for the legal representation of the more than 50,000 child refugees who have fled poverty and violence to reach the southern border of the United States over the last few months. FBB has chosen two beneficiaries for the funds raised by this campaign: Kids in Need of Defense and The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, both of which focus on providing attorneys to represent these children in immigration hearings. Those hearings are required by federal law. While many organizations have focused on providing food, shelter, and other basic needs for the refugee children, little attention has been paid ...

By FBB

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

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Welcome to Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of local freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering in 22 U.S. cities.

The national organization assists local teams in finding volunteer opportunities and in committing to a regular schedule of volunteer events, making hands-on volunteering a major part of their groups' activity and identity.

Volunteers Beyond Belief is a program of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.

Organizations with a compatible humanist mission and identity are encouraged to consider joining the network by filling out the VBB team application online.

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Welcome to Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of local freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering in 22 U.S. cities.

The national organization assists local teams in finding volunteer opportunities and in committing to a regular schedule of volunteer events, making hands-on volunteering a major part of their groups' activity and identity.

Volunteers Beyond Belief is a program of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.

Organizations with a compatible humanist mission and identity are encouraged to consider joining the network by filling out the VBB team application online.

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