June Service Team Roundup!

Teams in our Food Security Project (FSP) reported 25 events in June, serving 13,569 individual beneficiaries and giving out 4,696 meals! Additional GO Humanity Service Teams (GO Teams) held 18 more service events.

New Teams

Please welcome new teams Susquehanna Valley Ethical Society and Atheists Helping the Homeless DC!

Team of the Month: North Orlando Oasis

This Food Security Project team:

  • Picked up 250 pounds of produce from organic farms and delivered 175 meals to nearby shelters.
  • Maintained a mutual aid garden that feeds people in need and teaches the community how to grow food.
  • Held a donation drive for a Mutual Aid Pet Food Bank, which provides no-strings aid to struggling pet owners.
  • Removed invasive plants from a local nature preserve.

Photo of the Month: Humanist Alliance Philippines International (HAPI)

Photo of the Month (above) depicts HAPI members at their Safe Sex Campaign, where they distributed free condoms to people marching for Pride.

They also…

  • Served 100 kids with spaghetti meals, food packs, water, and loot bags while treating them to a magic show.
  • Held an Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium for 35 young people.
  • Discussed anti-bullying books with kids in their reading program.
  • Held a feeding event for kids in the San Rafael Pilar Sorsogon community.
  • Planted trees for the Philippines’ National Arbor Day.
  • Organized two Pride events, including a first-ever two-day Pride walk in Dumaguete City and the largest Pride parade ever in Bacalod City.
  • Held a Twitter Spaces event for LGBTQIA+ people and allies, where participants shared personal stories of personal growth and overcoming discrimination. More than 1,400 listeners tuned in over two days!

 

Atheists United

This Los Angeles team served 101 grocery kits to 323 households at their monthly food giveaway!

 

Humanist Society Greater Phoenix

This Arizona team held a program called “Good for Nothing,” where participants learned how to organize and participate in activities like blood drives, food security projects, educational giveaways, and more.

They also met to make and distribute 20 cooling bandanas plus over 100 food kits (in partnership with Camp Quest); service their Little Free Library; collect clothes and bus passes; and crochet sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness.

Phoenix reaches temperatures of over 100 degrees even at night. Donations here will help support HSGP’s programs serving people impacted by the extreme heat.

 

Central Ohio United Non-Theists

Volunteers from this group worked as housewarmers at the Ronald McDonald House, a commitment to which they’ve contributed 1,868 hours since 2013!

 

Southeastern Virginia Atheists, Skeptics & Humanists (SEVASH)

SEVASH maintains free food pantries in the towns of Newport News and Norfolk. In June, 12 known volunteers contributed 477 pounds of food at a cost of roughly $403! With funds received from GO Humanity, they were better able to reimburse their contributors and increase contribution levels.

 

Humanists of Tallahassee

This team partners weekly with a local progressive church to distribute snack and hygiene packs to people in need. They also met to build a free pantry of canned food and toiletries near an elementary school in their state’s most economically-deprived area!

 

Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless (AHH)

Austin AHH meets monthly for a two-day food distribution event. 9 volunteers packed 140 giveaway bags in June containing food, clothes, and dog food for pet owners. The next day, they gave all that out in multiple locales—along with water and 4.5 gallons of cold Kool-Aid, which ran out faster than expected.

Austin AHH is one of the beneficiaries of our Extreme Heat Response fundraiser. Donations will help them make sure they have enough fluids to go around while Austin grapples with triple-digit temperatures.

 

The Valley Ethical Society

This new team hit the ground running by volunteering with The Food Hub, a local organization that collects and delivers food to local pantries! Volunteers sorted boxes of food, checked donations for freshness and safety, and stocked shelves.

 

Kenya Humanist Alliance

Kenya Humanist Alliance focused this month on donating sifted maize flour to orphans, widows, and marginalized communities in Kisumu County, where many people live on wages of less than $1 a day. They bought three bails of flour with a boost from our Food Security Project grant.

 

Food Rescue Alliance Teams

Four of affiliates of our major grantee Food Rescue Alliance are among the volunteer teams receiving grants in the Food Security Project. Here’s what they’ve been up to:

CAFE Food Rescue

This team in Summit County, CO rescued 3,308 pounds of food from landfills! They also signed a commissary agreement with a local conference center to store cold and dry food. Next, they’re going to talk with Colorado Mountain College and the county department of public health to add food access points and explore launching a mobile pantry.

 

The Food Drive

This team made 132 food rescues, including collecting summer produce from farmer’s markets and hundreds of pounds of additional food from graduation parties, end-of-school celebrations, and barbecues.

Volunteers of all ages have been taking advantage of the moderate Melrose, MA summer to perform food rescues on scooters, bikes, and on foot!

CORMII

This Rockingham County, North Carolina team meets every Thursday for a weekly curbside food distribution. June was no exception!