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. In March, BBN’s community service theme was Community Gardens.
Four Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) volunteers worked as Housewarmers at the Columbus Ohio Ronald McDonald House (RMH) for 25 hours in March. RMH provides housing and meals to families with children being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals. Housewarmers work with the guests to provide a home-like environment. Their duties include greeting, assisting with family needs, answering phones, giving tours, assisting with check-in/check-out, preparing guest rooms after check-out, cleaning the facility, doing laundry, restocking supplies and staffing the front desk. COUNT’s eight Housewarmers try to volunteer at least one four-hour shift a month and have contributed 235 hours to date.
Secular Hub gathered toiletry items and household linens for Access Housing, which provides temporary and long-term shelter for homeless families in Adams County.
Two members of Upstate Atheists did a Q&A at a Methodist Church in Spartanburg, SC and raised enough money to purchase supplies to make 400 kits for kids at a local children’s hospital. Kits included a teddy bear, coloring book, and crayons.
Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless made five donation collections between their last giveaway in February and March. Eleven volunteers distributed toiletries, snacks, and clothes to approximately 35 people who are experiencing homelessness.
Corpus Christi Atheists hosted an educational event where attendees learned about the history of alcohol and mixed drinks in the pre-Prohibition era and knock back some samples. Rest assured, it was all for a great cause. They collected $358 to benefit Guerrilla Gardening Corpus Christi, an environmental and city beautification organization.
If you are a member of a secular humanist or atheist group and would like to participate in community service projects under the national umbrella of Foundation Beyond Belief, join Beyond Belief Network. We welcome all atheist groups interested in service, from groups with extensive volunteer experience to newly formed groups new to secular service. By aggregating our efforts, we demonstrate that all we really need is charity and goodness to make the world a better place.