December BBN roundup
25 Jan 2020
Beyond Belief Network teams worked overtime on giving during the holiday season! We just finished rounding up their cheerful deeds for December:
Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless in Austin, Texas held their monthly giveaway (above) for people experiencing homelessness early in December. Fifteen volunteers came to help serve folks in their community, giving out about 300 bags of assistance. 200 month-long bus passes were distributed, and people were really excited to see them once again, thanks to the Atheist Community of Austin. The coffee was super popular as it was quite cold that morning, as were the thermal socks, thermal underwear, and gloves. The team also had folks that made scarves for this giveaway, and crocheted or knitted hats are on the docket for January. The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas came through with some of the hair grease and bags for this giveaway.
Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) in Columbus, Ohio participated in winter sports volunteer training events with the Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC), a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, every weekend in December. Thirteen COUNT members have participated in 44 ASC Cycling, Winter Sports, Kayaking or Sailing events, contributing 287 hours since they started working with ASC in August 2018.
Volunteers from COUNT also worked as Housewarmers a total nearly thirteen hours in December at the Columbus Ohio Ronald McDonald House (RMH). COUNT volunteers have contributed 1,524 hours from the start of their involvement with RMH in 2013 through the end of December 2019. Eleven volunteers have worked at least a handful of four hour shifts.
The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO; also located in Columbus) paired up with COUNT again this month working as servers at the Community Shelter Board (CSB) facility on Van Buren Drive in Columbus, Ohio. This was COUNT and HCCO’s 48th joint shelter event.
Northwestern Chicagoland Humanist Crew (NCHC – formerly Family and Friends Humanist Crew) in Mundelein, Illinois, created a fundraiser to raise funds for Lake County Haven, a local homeless women's and children's shelter. Group members hand-made crafts to sell, with 100% of the proceeds going to the shelter. This fundraiser took place online with members hand-delivering the items. The Team reached their goal of $250 and adopted the night of December 22 for Lake County Haven.
Pikes Peak Atheists & Pikes Peak Atheist Families and the Atheist Community of Colorado Springs (ACCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado joined forces collecting toys and wrapping items for the TESSA Holiday Shoppe, and volunteering as Elves. TESSA is a local secular organization which empowers domestic violence victims to succeed. The teams filled seven volunteer shifts over the week-long event, helping TESSA guardians "shop" for the kids under their care. Guardians got to pick out a few gifts for each child with shopping help from the elves, then the volunteers helped wrap the gifts.
ACCS held a yarn craftivists evening to knit and crochet hats and scarves to donate to area elementary, middle, and high schools for school social workers to distribute to homeless students.
Pikes Peak Atheists also joined in a holiday card party to help the community create cards for those spending their holiday in the hospital. 80 cards were created altogether by three members from their group and a few others.
Brevard Area Atheists in Melbourne, Florida held a road cleanup event. Eight people picked up ten bags and two buckets of trash totalling 111 pounds! The teams total for the year is 78 bags and 530 pounds. That’s a lot of junk!
The Atheist Community of Polk County in Florida held their regular cleanup of their adopted stretch of highway again this month in partnership with Keep Polk County Beautiful.
Camden County Humanists in New Jersey volunteer every other month at the Cathedral Kitchen, in Camden, New Jersey, serving a meal to the less fortunate. Their duties are to prep the tables, serve the meals and drinks to guests, distribute other packaged food items, and help clean up at the end of the meal. Seven volunteers attended in December.
Fellowship of Freethought-Dallas held a Secular Santa's Workshop to shop for and wrap presents to give to people experiencing homelessness the following day at their Humans Helping Humans event. Fifteen volunteers met in downtown Dallas to hand out Christmas gifts to people living without homes. The team gave over 100 wrapped Christmas presents, over 100 backpacks, about 75 small children's toys and $10 gift cards to 7-Eleven. The wrapped presents included an assortment of hats, gloves, scarves, socks, snacks, cough drops, and various toiletries.
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