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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. Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless (ATXAHH) have had a busy month. Based in Austin, TX, they're the first team to hit Level One in 2015! They were also honored as BBN’s February Team of the Month! Between January 19 and February 15, thirty donors offered Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless more than 1,300 items to distribute to people who are homeless and living below the poverty line. Items included basic toiletries, seasonal clothing, prepackaged ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Winter is the most difficult season to plan a service event. Volunteer groups can find themselves at the mercy of frigid temperatures, treacherous roads, and snowstorms. However, with careful planning, a volunteer group can stage a successful service project in winter.     Tips to Get Started   Stay inside. With winter, hosting an outdoor service event can be problematic. Planning an indoor service event during this season will probably meet with a greater volunteer turnout. There are a variety of options for an eager volunteer group. Volunteer at a local food bank. Collect winter coats/boots during a group meeting and donate to a local shelter. Host a raffle and donate the proceeds to a Foundation Beyond Belief beneficiary.   ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

To read powerfully requires comprehension within a context. But first, it requires a book. Foundation Beyond Belief’s current Education beneficiary, ConTextos, provides training to teachers and libraries in schools with young readers. ConTextos has built more than 70 libraries in schools across El Salvador. Alongside that material donation, the teachers at each school take part in training on integrating those books into their classroom lessons. Teachers place the readings into social and cultural contexts that facilitate discussions that are vital for students to comprehend and learn from what they read. ConTextos built its program on research that demonstrates the key factor in a student’s education is the quality of their teacher. Armed with the knowledge that excellent teachers thrive with ...

By Matt De Stasio, Humanist Giving Assistant

Over the years, Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Giving program has transformed, most notably when we went from featuring 10 beneficiaries each quarter to selecting five beneficiaries. This action did not limit the number of charities that could become beneficiaries; instead, it recognized that many categories overlap. Charities and potential beneficiaries occasionally fit neatly into one of our category boxes. LightHawk, a former Natural World beneficiary, provides small plane support to natural world organizations to conduct research, giving them an aerial view of their research areas and supporting them in numerous ways. LightHawk is an innovative beneficiary that fit nicely into the Natural World box. Other times, charities mimic a web rather than a container. The need that is identified by ...

By AJ Chalom, Humanist Giving Program Coordinator

South Jersey Humanists  showed their  love for their community on Valentine’s Day!  Based in Galloway, NJ, the team took the morning volunteer shift with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. They worked in the warehouse sorting through donations, including potatoes, checking expiration dates and boxing items. South Jersey Humanists anticipates that this will become a monthly effort. Beyond Belief Network congratulates South Jersey Humanists and wishes them continued success with their service events  in the coming year. Picture of the Month recognizes teams who submit great pictures with their event reports.  

By Elizabeth Minutello

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