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We're happy to announce our August Picture of the Month award goes to Pikes Peak Atheists & Pikes Peak Atheist Families. Their picture was taken at their second cleanup event of the year at a 1.5 mile stretch of creek. Twenty-seven volunteers participated in a cleanup that notably removed a broken basketball hoop, a shopping cart, exercise equipment, and beach chairs from the creek. What a great event!

August’s Team of the Month, Center for Inquiry-Michigan, had a unique event. They teamed with the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to canvas an area of older homes susceptible to lead poisoning due to lead paint flakes and dust. Seven volunteers visited 177 homes in the area, handing out literature, providing a free lead test to homes with children under the age of 5, and explaining the dangers of lead dust to the growth and development of children. To give an idea of how important this kind of event is in the area - in 2015 this area had more cases of lead poisoning in children than the entire city of Flint. Keep up the good work Center for Inquiry-Michigan!

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We've recently highlighted some of our BBN teams in South Texas who have been working even harder than usual to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, but let's get up-to-speed with what everyone was up to in July.

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Due to the urgency of need surrounding Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we've been remiss in recognizing our Beyond Belief Network partners. It's time to catch up, because we're so grateful for the good work the people in these teams do every month.

We're happy to announce our July Picture of the Month award goes to Central Ohio United Non-Theists, or COUNT!

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June was an eventful month for the Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams. From outreach to exposure to service, the teams of Foundation Beyond Belief ramped up their impact, despite the climbing temperature. Let's take a summer "road trip" to check out all the great things they've been up to!

First stop is the Sunshine State where we visit Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC). They had a busy start to June, partnering with a fellow BBN team, BE Orlando, for a Pulse Remembrance Blood Drive and STEM book drive. They set up a tent for Humanist advocacy and enjoyed the day collecting books and donating blood. They gave away rainbow support ribbons, Humanist Blood Donor bumper stickers, re-usable grocery bags, and spent the day building community and sharing an opportunity to make a positive difference. Following up on Be Orlando's support rally and drive last June, this was the first Pulse Remembrance blood drive in Central Florida, and the new STILL STRONG blood donor shirts made their debut at this drive.

 

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BBN teams reported 26 events and more than 1,800 hours of service in June! Our picture of the month was captured by BE. Orlando at a joint event with the Central Florida Freethought Community. The groups hosted a Pulse Remembrance blood drive in partnership with Target and OneBlood. Donors contributed 15 units of blood, which will impact 45 lives, and BE. Orlando also collected 97 science books to support summer literacy initiatives. 

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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! Their volunteers provided flowers and treats to celebrate the occasion for recipients. Volunteers and attendees had a blast, and Austin Atheists received a lot of positive feedback for the great event.

They were able to help about 175 folks, in addition to feeding their four-legged friends (shout-out to volunteer Dixie for that.) There were a few volunteers that had to leave early to head to the Austin Oasis meeting, but, in total, there were 24 volunteers helping to distribute items. They were able to give away the contents of two large bags of clothes.

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Congratulations to Sunday Assembly Los Angeles (SALA), our Beyond Belief Network Team of the Month for May! SALA began getting very active as a BBN team last year and has already established some wonderful relationships with Los Angeles area nonprofits like Baby2Baby and Safe Place for Youth. In May, SALA had its first event with Tree People, another organization that may become a regular service partner for SALAmanders. SALA volunteers helped the organization plant trees to replace dead Sycamores in the community of Cheviot Hills. As a group, they dug holes to the proper specifications, planted the trees, and did their best to set up each tree for a healthy life. Volunteers learned how to plant stakes to help the trees grow tall and straight, and how to provide the trees with the most advantageous blend of mulch and dirt for LA's current drought conditions and the heat of the coming summer. Thank you, SALA volunteers!

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Our Beyond Belief Network picture of the month for May comes to us from the South Jersey Humanists. South Jersey Humanists supported the South Jersey AIDS Alliance by participating in the Atlantic City AIDS Walk. Four members raised $655 and marched on the Atlantic City Boardwalk for the fourth year in a row. The proceeds help an organization fighting a health crisis that still ravages the Atlantic City area.

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