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Square One Villages is once again replicating its innovative solution to homelessness with a new community partnership. Evidence-based studies in many cities across the United States have demonstrated that a housing-first approach to homelessness gives people the security to address other issues that are barriers to their success. Square One Villages launched in Eugene, Oregon in 2013 with Opportunity Village, a 30 residence "transitional micro-housing" pilot project supported by Foundation Beyond Belief in 2016 and 2017.

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By FBB

Thank you for the outpouring of interest in our Compassionate Impact Grant.

This year's Compassionate Impact Grant focuses on how specific programs can increase capacity working within the natural world and local communities.  Your programs can fit into the specific target areas of Education, Economic Opportunity, or Healthy Futures, however, we want these projects to have a strong tie-in to the natural world and environmental work.

The required Letter of Intent cycle is ending this week.  All Letters of Intent are due on Thursday, February 23rd by noon, Central Time.  In order to submit a Letter of Intent, get the instructions from the website mentioned above, read over the requirements, specifically page two, and see the structure of the LOI on page five.  The web form address is on page four.  Please note that you can not save your application, so make sure that you have all of your materials ready all at once.  Please remember to attach your three-page Letter of Intent at the bottom of the web form.

We are looking forward to reading all about your programs.  Be aware, late LOIs will not be evaluated.  We will notify you by March 23rd if your LOI advances you to our Request for Proposal stage of the grant application.

Thank you in advance for the work you spent preparing the Letter of Intent, and for all the hard work you do every day in your communities.

By AJ Chalom, Humanist Grants Program Coordinator

Trigger warning: This post contains an image and descriptions that may be upsetting to some readers. While they are not graphic, they do talk about death and make references to murder.

It is with great sadness that the Humanist Service Corps announces its volunteers are no longer living in Bimbila. Last Thursday, a chieftaincy dispute sparked gunfights between two opposing factions in Bimbila. All but one of the members of the HSC team happened to be out of town at the time. The HSC house is just outside the town, and the one volunteer who was home was not endangered. The violence was highly targeted and limited to the families of the two opposing factions. Nonetheless, the entire HSC team was moved as quickly as possible two hours north to Yendi, and the Humanist Service Corps has now made the difficult decision to settle the team permanently there.

This move does not end HSC's partnership with Songtaba, nor does it mean that the Humanist Service Corps will never work in Bimbila again. At whatever point in time it is safe to return to Bimbila, HSC will resume its reintegration and capacity-building work there. However, it is possible that it will not be the current team that continues that work. The Humanist Service Corps cannot ensure volunteer safety or effectiveness in Bimbila at this point in time.

The entire team moves forward with heavy hearts. We are in mourning for Bimbila. The official news counts are under-reporting the loss of life in Bimbila, as demonstrated by the post below from HSC volunteer Warren Tidwell. In addition to the loss of life, the community is now under a 4 PM to 6 AM curfew that will further devastate the local economy.

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By FBB

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 at home and away, FBB gives humanists a variety of opportunities to come together for the greater good. Details about all of our programs can be found at our website which lists each program and a number of subheadings about the history, mission, and how to join. Not sure which program is right for you? Here's a brief overview of each program, so you can see which might be the right fit for you.

  • Our Beyond Belief Network is a collective of over 125 volunteer groups working in their own communities. You can read more about them and how you can join here.
  • Our Humanist Service Corps is an international volunteering program guided by the principles of secular humanism currently working in the alleged witch camps in Ghana. Read more about them here.
  • Our Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams provide the humanist community an avenue through which to volunteer when disaster strikes. You can read more about them and find out how you can sign up to join a team here.
  • No time to volunteer? No problem. Our Humanist Grants Program is a great way to help sustain humanist charities on a regular basis! We carefully select beneficiary organizations for impact and efficiency, and they must pass our rigorous vetting process. Quarterly featured beneficiaries are secular organizations. Interested in contributing to our Humanist Grants program monthly? You can donate as little as $5 a month.

FBB is grateful every day for the volunteers that make our work possible. Together we are Humanism at Work!

By FBB

Beyond Belief Network must have resolved to continue being their awesome selves in 2017, because they have not skipped a beat! BBN teams reported more than 40 events and contributed nearly 1,500 hours of service in January. Tri-State Freethinkers is our January Team of the Month. At two different events, Freethinkers assembled 550 boxes of food for distribution to needy seniors in their community. Volunteers prepared and served brunch for more than 30 women at the Bethany House homeless shelter and prepared dinner for the homeless at another shelter where they played games after the meal. They also volunteered twice to phone bank in support of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood. In addition, Tri-State Freethinkers made sure to make their voices heard and their presence felt at the We Are Kentucky Days of Action gathering at the Kentucky State Capitol on January 5th and during the local Women's March on January 21st.

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By FBB

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