We would like to build a supportive and safe community for adults and families who acknowledge that ethical living does not require belief in supernatural, scripitual, or religious dogma. We welcome all who strive to better our communities through kindness, compassion, empathy, reason, science and rationality. Through volunteer efforts, community outreach and positive activism we…Read More
By Elizabeth Minutello, Beyond Belief Network intern
Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s February Team of the Month: Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry! Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry (SHL) was chosen for this honor because of their strong service schedule in 2013, including Adopt-a-Highway litter clean-ups, volunteering at local organizations, hosting multiple fundraisers and a blood drive, and collecting donations for a featured charity in each quarter. We were most impressed by the multiple causes they’ve supported.
One of their ongoing initiatives is Charity of the Quarter. Four times a year, SHL chooses a local charity and collects donations on their behalf. During November and December 2013, SHL raised $655 for their most recent Charity of the Quarter, Charleston Animal Society.
In January, SHL volunteers donated their time and energy at the Lowcountry Food Bank, a clearinghouse for donated food items that serves ten counties in coastal South Carolina. Working mainly in the Food Bank’s warehouse, SHL unpacked seven pallets of mixed food donations. After inspecting the donations for expiration dates and damage, the food was sorted into new boxes by category, sealed, and loaded onto pallets.
Not even foul weather can stop SHL members from volunteering! As part of their Adopt-a-Highway litter pick-up, SHL cleaned two miles of Harborview Road on James Island. Despite mud and rain, their ten volunteers collected twelve bags of trash. With their multiple methods of volunteerism and dedication to their community, SHL is a strong example of what great works an organized Beyond Belief Network team can achieve.
Team of the Month recognition is a benefit provided by Foundation Beyond Belief to our Beyond Belief Network teams. In order to be considered, your group must be a Level One Beyond Belief Network team and you must submit at least one event report during the month. Team of the Month selection is 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.Read More
Foundation Beyond Belief's many Beyond Belief Network partners were busy in May. Here's a run down of how these amazing volunteer groups were active in their communities all month long. In Texas, the Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless held a Mother's Day Giveaway for the Homeless in May, and it went off without a hitch!…Read More
Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams contributed more than 18,000 hours of service in their communities in 2016. Their dedication inspired us at Foundation Beyond Belief to continue to look for new ways to support them and raise awareness about the ways BBN teams are putting their humanism into action. Here are a few 2016 highlights from…Read More
What an incredible year it has been for the Beyond Belief Network! Last week, we announced the December winners for Team of the Month and Picture of the Month. Altogether, BBN teams reported 35 events and more than 1,500 hours of service in December! Here's what the rest of the BBN teams were up to:Read More
Beyond Belief Network teams reported nearly 20 events and 1000 hours of service in November. As usual, it was not easy to pick the monthly award-winners. BE. Orlando Humanist Fellowship is our November Team of the Month. BE. Orlando initiated the establishment of a scholarship fund recognizing secular students at the University of Central Florida who are…Read More
Beyond Belief Network teams organized nearly 40 events and contributed over 3,000 hours of volunteer service in October! We picked Pikes Peak Atheists and Pikes Peak Atheist Families (featured image, above) as our October Team of the Month and chose a photo from the South Texas Atheists for Reason (STAR) for September Picture of the Month. Read the announcement here. Here's what other…Read More
Beyond Belief Network teams organized more than 30 events and contributed over 3,000 hours of volunteer service in September! We picked the Humanist Community of the Space Coast (featured image, above) as our September Team of the Month for getting a great turnout at some unique and multifaceted events, and chose a photo from the Camden County Humanists for September Picture of the…Read More
It was as difficult as ever to pick the winners for September Team and Picture of the Month. Our Beyond Belief Network teams organized more than 30 events and contributed over 3,000 hours of volunteer service! We picked the Humanist Community of the Space Coast as our September Team of the Month for getting a great turnout at…Read More
This is our last quarter offering a slate of four quarterly grantees before transitioning into to our bigger, bolder Compassionate Impact Grant program*. So we’ve decided to send the quarterly grant program off in style by giving to four powerhouse organizations you’ve helped us support in previous years! This quarter, the power of humanist giving…Read More