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About HSC Volunteering

HSC demonstrates its commitment to diversity and effective, culturally responsible service by providing living stipends to each volunteer and covering program-related costs.

This allows volunteers from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to apply and places the emphasis on the skills the volunteers bring to the program rather than the experience the program provides to the volunter.

There are already plenty of religious and secular volunteer service programs that exist to please paying volunteers. Most of them focus on creating the context for volunteering instead of selecting and training volunteers for the context. Doing the right thing - the humanist thing - is undoubtedly more expensive, but we hope you will agree that the integrity is worth the price.

Sponsor an HSC Volunteer to stay connected to our work and guarantee a regular source of support for impoverished communities in Ghana's Northern Region.

Volunteer Sponsors make meetings like this possible.

Cleo Blacke interviews women at Gnani, one of Ghana's camps for alleged witches.

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Cleo Blacke, HSC: Ghana Co-Coordinator

Cleo is a secular humanist/atheist from the Volta Region of Ghana. From an early age, she was driven to expand her knowledge of the world through music, books, and movies. She is still very passionate about music and credits that love for her humanistic perception of the world. 

After graduating from high school, Cleo studied graphic design for a year and worked as a secretary for a small company in Accra before taking a short course in child care and working as a nanny in Saudi Arabia. She also spent a year in South Africa working again as a nanny and touring the country. During that time, she joined the Durban Freethinkers of SA, which led naturally to her joining the Humanist Association of Ghana when she moved to Accra a year and a half ago.

Read No cherries, no worries, Cleo's post on the expectations which Ghana culture has of women.

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Wendy Webber, HSC: Ghana Co-Coordinator

Wendy is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she helped start an atheist, agnostic, and multifaith community called Open Party. Wendy was a member of Pathfinders Project, the international humanist service program that spent three months in Ghana on the way to launching the Humanist Service Corps. 

Before returning to Ghana as HSC: Ghana Co-Coordinator, Wendy worked for FBB as the Beyond Belief Network Coordinator and Humanist Disaster Recovery Coordinator, while also serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Yale Humanist Community.

No matter where she is, Wendy writes about religion, humanism, and interbelief engagement, primarily for her blog (interbelief.com) and NonProphet Status. She also supports emerging writers as the Communications Director for State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Wendy is a photographer, travels as much as she can, and loves museums--the more eccentric the better. 

Warren Alan Tidwell

Warren Alan Tidwell - HSC: Ghana Volunteer

Warren is a lifelong Alabama resident. Since the advent of the internet, Warren has used blogs and social media to organize thousands of volunteers and secure millions in financial and material donations for disaster relief and recovery efforts.

He worked as a volunteer in rural Hancock County, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and drove over 11,000 miles in 12 weeks to create a network of small non-profits in the southeastern United States after the 2011 tornado superoutbreak. As a result of these extensive networking efforts, Warren was also able to help set up operations when subsequent tornado outbreaks affected Joplin, Missouri and Piedmont, Oklahoma.

Warren sparked a worldwide movement when he started 26 Acts of Kindness after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. He has a wonderful wife and son who are everything to him, and his biggest dream is to do humanitarian work with his son when he is older.

Warren has written about value of dedicating one's life to humanitarian work in his news post The Humanitarian Atheist.

Warren's work with the Humanist Service Corps is made possible by a Complete Volunteer Sponsorship from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Bio

Jude Lane - HSC: Ghana Volunteer

Jude Lane was born and raised in Arkansas. He obtained a degree in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Evangel University, and has been working for the past two years as a youth care specialist at a Springfield, Missouri children's emergency care facility for children in poverty stricken, drug afflicted, or abusive homes. 

Jude chose to join HSC because he believes in serving with others to help make as many lives better as possible. He greatly enjoys travel and has visited many countries in Europe and South America. Jude loves a good conversation over just about anything.

Read about some of Jude's recent experiences in Ghana in his post Dogs, Gods, and Chickens.

Baako Alhassan

Alhassan Baako - HSC: Ghana Volunteer

Alhassan Baako is a Northern Ghanaian activist for women’s rights and science-based medicine. After graduating from the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Baako taught Business and Technology at the School of Management Studies.

In 2013, Baako began assisting Leo Igwe with translation, data collection, and historical/cultural guidance for Igwe’s doctoral research into Ghanaian witch-hunting. Since then, Baako has become a staunch advocate for victims of witchcraft accusations. He continues to help Leo Igwe as Igwe’s doctoral research draws to a close, but Baako became interested in the Humanist Service Corps as a way to directly restore dignity to banished women and stop witchcraft accusations altogether.

Read Baako's informative news post on Power and authority in the witch camps of Northern Ghana.

Adams Lukeman

Adams Lukeman - HSC: Ghana Volunteer

Adams Lukeman is a Northerner from Bole who has long believed in helping those around him. While pursuing a BS in Agricultural Technology from the University for Development Studies and a diploma in Human Resource Development from Gate Management College, Lukeman helped his home community establish a cooperative savings group.

This experience led Lukeman to do something audacious for his year of national service. He approached a mentor at GCB Bank in Bimbilla and promised to bring in 1,000 farmers for small business loans. After surpassing that goal and stewarding high rates of repayment, Lukeman was invited to stay on. Never one to be idle, Lukeman started a poultry farm while working at the bank. Lukeman now employs four people at Harl Farms and hopes to employ more in the near future.

Lukeman describes how his life experiences have shaped him in his post Life's challenges and why they're important.

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Conor Robinson - HSC Director

Conor Robinson graduated from Yale University, where he founded the Yale Humanist Society (now Yale AHA), majored in English, and minored in intramural sports (seriously, he won an award for it).

After serving as the founding Resource Specialist at a bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles, Conor organized Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip. Conor received Foundation Beyond Belief’s 2014 Humanist Visionary award in recognition of this work, and he joined the Foundation in August 2014 to launch the Humanist Service Corps.

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