Beyond Belief Network is a Foundation Beyond Belief program designed to encourage and assist local and online groups of secular humanists, atheists, and other nonbelievers to serve their communities. There are more than 125 teams in the Beyond Belief Network. Let us know if you'd like to get your team involved!
BBN teams reported more than 20 events and over 600 hours of service in July! Why are we still talking about July when it's now September 1st? Well, in response to feedback from our BBN teams, we've recently switched from announcing the Team of the Month and Picture of the Month awards in the month for which they are awarded. We are now announcing prize winners in the subsequent month so that teams have the entire month to submit eligible events and pictures. Making the switch threw off our BBN posting schedule and gave us a small backlog of content, but we are caught up as of this post! We'll announce the August Team and Picture of the Month next Thursday as part of our August Roundup.
Congratulations again to South Texas Atheists for Reason (STAR), our July Team of the Month, and to Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), for winning July Picture of the Month. Read more about our July prize-winners.
In collaboration with the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, South Texas Atheists for Reason continued providing regular humanist chaplaincy support to all of the trainees at Lackland Air Force Base whose needs are not met by the Christian, Muslim, or Jewish chaplains provided by the base. STAR also kept up with its monthly "Helping the Homeless" event, put together an accessibility ramp with the Texas Ramp Project, prepared garden plots for the San Antonio Food Bank, and did some trail maintenance with the Watershed Wise Warriors program of the San Antonio River Authority.
On top of capturing the award-winning photo while providing transportation and media support for the third straight year at the Secular Student Alliance conference, COUNT volunteers also volunteered at the local Ronald McDonald House and alongside the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) at Community Shelter Board in July.
South Jersey Humanists was able to donate more than 35 lbs of vegetables from its garden in July, which the organization contributed to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey along with many volunteer hours!
Humanists of Houston volunteered with Stop Hunger Now to commemorate Mandela Day. Volunteers set up and took down packaging stations and equipment, filled bins with raw ingredients, scooped ingredients into meal bags, weighed and sealed the bags, boxed and stacked them on pallets, and loaded the pallets and equipment onto a truck.
Corpus Christi Atheists got together to clean up their adopted mile of Texas coastline. Look at that haul!
Minnesota Atheists (with help from the Freedom From ReligionFoundation) took over the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team for the fifth year in a row. Players wore special Mr. Paul Aints jerseys (pictured) as they took on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The sellout crowd gave up their soles for charity (shoes donated at the gate were donated to Soles4Souls), and the sacrilegious "Aints" won 3-2. Minnesota Atheists also packed food at the Food Group warehouse.