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Rabbi Chalom is a founder of Week of Action, a program that Foundation Beyond Belief is organizing to encourage people to #choosetoACT this April 24th-30th, the week leading up to the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason (May 1st). He explains the idea and his intentions further: Like many in the secular/Humanist/atheist world, I find a “National Day of Prayer” to be both inappropriate and unconstitutional, as well as exclusionary of those who don’t pray. However, I also found the dominant counter-program of a “National Day of Reason” to be unnecessarily insulting to the vast majority of our neighbors and friends who are religious – after all, if we represent reason, everyone who prays is irrational? After ...

With Week of Action starting April 24th-30th, Beyond Belief Network is proud to offer a preview of some of the events in which Beyond Belief Network teams plan to participate. The Week of Action initiative was started by Humanist Rabbi Adam Chalom in 2010 as a day of good deeds in response to the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason. Over 20 events have been registered on the Week of Action website, but if one is not in your area, you can still participate! Simply do something to benefit your community or another person this week and post it (with pictures!) to Facebook or tweet about it @weekofaction using the tag #choosetoACT. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Community Service Committee ...

By Elizabeth Minutello, Beyond Belief Network Intern

The end is in sight for the Pathfinders as they have arrived at the final stop of their multinational service project. They are currently in Guatemala, where they are working on education and enrichment for underprivileged children with organizations Safe Passage and Avivaria. With the Project almost complete, it’s worth reflecting on what it has accomplished. Michelle, Conor, Wendy, and Ben have installed wells and taught English in Cambodia, taught at humanist schools in Uganda, helped the Alliance for African Women Initiative and learned the stories of alleged witches in Ghana, constructed latrines in Haiti, built a water center in Ecuador, and promoted sustainable, ecologically conscious development in Columbia. So what’s been the impact of these projects, and what are the takeaway lessons thus far?  ...

By Liz Moody

FBB members and our community gave almost $70,000 last quarter to improve the lives of people around the world. Four of our featured charities, will receive grants of more than $10,000 each, and we hope from now on, as FBB grows, we will be able to increase all of our grants sustainably over the $10,000 level. And your donations to our Pathfinders Project has allowed our overseas volunteers to build 20 latrines in Haiti, help educate children at the Guatemala City Garbage Dump, and work for sustainability in NE Columbia. We offer many thanks to our members and supporters for making these life-changing grants possible. Here’s a breakdown of Quarter 1 2014 contributions: Human Rights: Ali Forney Center $10,750 The ...

By AJ Chalom

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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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