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By Elizabeth Dorssom
Congratulations to the Beyond Belief Network’s November Team of the Month: Fellowship of Freethought Dallas! Fellowship of Freethought Dallas was chosen for this honor because of their record of consistent service as well as their recent volunteering and fundraising activities, which really go above and beyond in terms of creativity and LGBT activism. They’ve had more than 40 events since joining BBN (formerly Volunteers Beyond Belief).
Fellowship of Freethought Dallas recently held a bake sale at their weekly gathering that raised an amazing $350 to benefit their Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk team. That’s a lot of regular- and gluten-free cupcakes and brownies (one of which is pictured below)! They also sold their newly designed t-shirts.
Fellowship of Freethought Dallas is full of awesome food-related service ideas. In addition to their wildly successful bake sale, they also regularly volunteer at Youth First Texas, a youth-focused LGBTQ charity. Youth First has provided a welcoming, accepting environment for LGBTQ youth since 1999. FoFDallas participates by preparing a family-style meal for the teens on Fridays once a month. For their most recent meal, they prepared a delicious meal of grilled hamburgers and tater tots. They have previously prepared a Cajun meal, a taco bar, and a pasta bar for the youth.
In order to be considered for Team of the Month recognition, groups must be a Level One Beyond Belief Network team and have submitted at least one event report during the month prior to selection. Team of the Month awards are based on the number, length, variety, and documentation (e.g., submitted pictures, blog posts, videos, etc.) of events. Teams can only be Team of the Month once per calendar year. If your local group does great service work, but isn’t a member of BBN, you can join anytime! In addition to recognition, your team can qualify for free t-shirts and grants. If your local humanist group doesn’t volunteer but you’d like to start, we’d love to help! For teams new to secular service, we offer tons of ideas, event guides, and advice.