Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s July Team of the Month: Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT)! This Level 3 team is based in Columbus, OH. COUNT was chosen for this honor because of their regular service event schedule and strong spirit of volunteerism. Each month, members of COUNT volunteer at two organizations in their city: Community…

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Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s June Team of the Month: Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT)! COUNT was chosen for this honor because of their regular service event schedule and outstanding participation in Week of Action! One of their regular events is to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Columbus, Ohio. RMH provides housing…

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By Elizabeth Minutello, Beyond Belief Network intern

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. In March, BBN’s community service theme is Community Gardens. 

 

The Humanist Community at Harvard recently organized an event called, “Faces of Homelessness: Cards and Scarves.” HCH welcomed representatives from the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance and the Massachusetts Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau to share their experiences with being homeless and to break down stereotypes. Following the speakers, HCH members made 256 fleece scarves and wrote encouraging cards for the homeless. HCH also hosted a winter clothing drive for people to donate items to the Friends of Boston’s Homeless.

 

 

Humanist Community of Central Ohio supported one of their members when she was facing a crisis. After struggling with her finances and health, this member set up an online funding page. HCCO shared the link among their membership. Although most of the donors were anonymous, some funds were donated by members of HCCO and another BBN team, Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT). The member needed $2,910 to cover six months of back rent. In six days, she raised $3,600. She continues to receive additional support from community members. HCCO also hosted a Bleed & Feed (group blood donation and dinner) event. They had eight successful blood donors at the Red Cross Donor Center. They also had non-bleeding volunteers offer moral support and encouragement. This event was covered in the Columbus Dispatch and a mention on Friendly Atheist.

Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless continued their team’s monthly service event. They collected and distributed books, snacks, clothing, and accessories to 65 members of Austin’s homeless community.                          

                                      

Upstate Atheists met at the Greer Soup Kitchen to serve the underprivileged. When they arrived, the prepared meals were still frozen. None of the staff on hand knew how to cook. Luckily, a culinary-minded member of Upstate Atheists planned a meal and delegated tasks. She helped to make enough food to feed 150 people in less than an hour! Upstate Atheists have been invited by Greer Soup Kitchen to return for a future volunteer opportunity. Upstate Atheists also had their first Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up in Greenville, SC. Although only two members were available to clean both sides of their new two-mile stretch of road, they collected four bags of trash.
 

                    

If you are a member of a secular humanist or atheist group and would like to participate in community service projects under the national umbrella of Foundation Beyond Belief, join Beyond Belief Network. We welcome all atheist groups interested in service, from groups with extensive volunteer experience to newly formed groups new to secular service. By aggregating our efforts, we demonstrate that all we really need is charity and goodness to make the world a better place.

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Fall is the new spring for the Beyond Belief Network! After a pandemic-colored summer which forced many volunteer teams to lay low and retool their programs, we’re pleased to report September was a big month for teams poking their heads back out. Please join us in welcoming back several dedicated teams as we celebrate what…

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Let's take a look at what some of our Beyond Belief Network teams were up to in November! Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR) volunteers worked as servers at the Community Shelter Board (CSB) facility in Columbus, Ohio. This was COUNT’s 35th joint shelter event with Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) members joining in. HCCO and COUNT…

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In the early parts of any new year, many people make resolutions. Our Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams were already amazing in 2017, but it seems they've resolved to do even more good work in 2018. Let's take a look at how they've already made a big difference in their communities this first quarter of…

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Our Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams finished out the year in full force – bringing the good of humanism at work right to their communities! BBN team, HAPI (Humanist Alliance Philippines, International,) hosted an event for the ARK Project, which was inspired by movies like Pay It Forward. ARK is an acronym for Act of…

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Springfield Skeptics group photo after highway clean-up in front of mega church, holding Humanism at Work sign

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!…

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Beyond Belief Network teams reported nearly 30 events and 1,000 hours of service in the month of April. We already celebrated BE. Orlando for earning April Team of the Month honors and Pikes Peak Atheists and Pikes Peak Atheist Families for capturing the April Picture of the Month. Here's what the rest of our incredible…

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