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In September, we have National Clean Up day and National Good Neighbor Day. Our Beyond Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams certainly did their part. They came out en masse to clean up their communities, help people experiencing homelessness, and providing non-religious Sunday services on a military base. They were very good neighbors!

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of our latest Heart of Humanism Awards. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding community service of local groups who are part of our Beyond Belief Network program who made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism.

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Austin Humanists at Work (ATXHAW) has received a 501(c)(3) designation, officially establishing it as a nonprofit organization. The group is an extremely active, Beyond Belief Network team and have received grants from Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). FBB will continue to support them and their mission and are excited by this development that will allow them to better serve their community. 

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We are happy to announce our September Beyond Belief Network (BBN) Picture of the Month and Team of the Month winners. This month, we would also like to welcome our Picture of the Month winner, Long Island Atheists, to our network. This photo is from one of their first events as a BBN team. They have adopted a trail near the Little League of the Islips and will have cleaning events every two months. At this event, they collected over 20 bags of trash and recyclables and even had people who were playing at the park help them clean. Great job, Long Island Atheists!

A welcome is also necessary for our September’s Team of the Month winner. Secular Student Alliance at Ohio State University has restarted their service this semester. In September, six of their members volunteered for half a day at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. That’s a great way to get back into the swing of things. Welcome back SSA at OSU!

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Greetings Beyond Belief Network!

Did you know that for many people August is known as Happiness Happens Month? It’s true! In 2000, it was created a month-long event by the Secret Society of Happy People as a way “to share happiness and encourage people to talk and think about happiness."

Even more interesting and relevant to our Foundation, the 2017 theme of Happiness Happens Month was #HappinessUnites. As founder Pamela Gail Johnson says, “[We] want to live in a world where more people are united by our similarities than are divided by our differences.” She explains, that although happiness won’t get rid of the problems we face as a society right now, who better to solve those problems than people who are optimistic in their ability solve? 

At Foundation Beyond Belief, we are so fortunate to know so many secular groups that are focused on bringing happiness and positive solutions to their communities. We want to share some of their amazing efforts to unite their communities with happiness in August!

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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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