In January of 2016, Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) reached the culmination of multiple years of planning and preparation by much of our staff and some volunteers. We had finally achieved something that no one had done before – the first deployment of a national Humanist Disaster Recovery (HDR) Team.  Our South Carolina team worked for seven days in the city…

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Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a nationwide day to encourage kindness. Foundation Beyond Belief is thrilled to work with incredible volunteers who put their kindness and compassion to work in their lives every day, and we'd love to have you join us! With a number of programs that offer ways to volunteer both…

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On August 17th, Foundation Beyond Belief announced a Humanist Disaster Recovery Drive to raise funds for the recovery effort after the flooding in Louisiana, the worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. Effects from the flooding include: More than 40,000 homes damaged Nearly a third of Louisiana's parishes declared disaster areas 70,000 applications for FEMA assistance…

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National coverage has finally begun for what the Lower Mississippi Forecast Center, a division of the National Weather Service, is calling a “1000 year rain event.” Flooding is occurring like the state hasn’t seen since Katrina due to a complicated, slow moving weather system that dumped as much as 30 inches of rain in only…

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2015 saw a huge number of disasters and, according to statistics, those numbers aren't likely to go down in 2016. The question is, what does that mean for those in the humanist community who wish to help? Our challenge moving forward is two-fold. First, we challenge ourselves to find local organizations working on the ground,…

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Three years ago this week Hurricane Sandy tore across the Atlantic. New York and New Jersey faced the most extreme impacts with 60 deaths in the two states alone. Sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damage, second only to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Given the widespread impacts and extent of need Foundation Beyond Belief…

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A few years ago the Salvation Army ran a full-page advertisement in popular magazines announcing, “We Combat Natural Disasters With Acts of God” A play on the centuries-old claim of disasters as “Acts of God,” this line surely makes many a relief worker and recovery volunteer cringe. Disasters are the result of nature interacting with…

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This weekend is the three-day Gateway to Reason conference in St. Louis! Included in the amazing list of speakers is Foundation Beyond Belief's own Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams Development Coordinator Rebecca Vitsmun. Many remember Rebecca coming out of her atheist closet on live national television after saving her and her son’s lives from a tornado…

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