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.Read More
Congratulations to the Beyond Belief Network’s September Team of the Month, the Humanist Community of Ventura County. The Humanist Community of Ventura County was chosen for this honor because of the amazing volunteer activities they’ve been doing, and the great pictures and reports they’ve been submitting recently. This year, the Humanist Community of Ventura beautified a park and restored a wildlife area for the Ventura Hillside Conservancy, hosted a blood drive, and volunteered at the Conejo Valley Days Poker Tournament fundraiser. They’ve helped renovate an elderly woman’s house with Habitat for Humanity, cleaned out a classroom for a secular preschool program, and weeded, watered, and harvested vegetables at the California Lutheran University community garden.
Although they only joined Beyond Belief Network this summer, they’re already showing that they’re an experienced group of dedicated humanists. They’ve logged nearly 200 volunteer hours to date and have already told us about their upcoming Light The Night walk and community outreach at the Thousand Oaks Street Fair (if you live in the area, visit their booth at the fair).
As you can see, they take incredible pictures during their events!
Team of the Month recognition is the latest 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
Volunteers in the Beyond Belief Network are keeping humanist service alive in their communities during this hot and difficult summer. We’ve rounded up the activities teams reported to us in August. Let’s check it out!Read More
Beyond Belief Network teams reported nearly 30 events and 1,300 hours of service in February. Austin Humanists at Work captured the Picture of the Month at their February Giveaway, where about 30 volunteers handed out the nearly 5,000 food and other essential items they had collected since the last giveaway. In all, 145 Austin residents…Read More
Beyond Belief Network must have resolved to continue being their awesome selves in 2017, because they have not skipped a beat! BBN teams reported more than 40 events and contributed nearly 1,500 hours of service in January. Tri-State Freethinkers is our January Team of the Month. At two different events, Freethinkers assembled 550 boxes of food for distribution…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
BBN teams reported 35 events in October and over 1,500 hours of service! We picked Pikes Peak Atheists and Pikes Peak Atheist Families as our October Team of the Month. In conjunction with Creek Week, a nine-day cleanup initiative sponsored by the Fountain Creek Watershed District for Flood Control, 18 Pikes Peak Atheists got together…Read More
Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s April’s Team of the Month: Humanist Alliance Philippines, International! This Level 2 team is BBN’s only international team. They were chosen for this honor because of their strong commitment to their community illustrated by their youth literacy and nutrition programs. HAPI was previously honored as May 2015’s Picture of the…Read More
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. Congratulations to BE Orlando in Orlando, FL who submitted…Read More
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. Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless (ATXAHH) have had a…Read More