Week of Action events promise to make positive difference in communities


With Week of Action starting April 24th-30th, Beyond Belief Network is proud to offer a preview of some of the events in which Beyond Belief Network teams plan to participate. The Week of Action initiative was started by Humanist Rabbi Adam Chalom in 2010 as a day of good deeds in response to the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason. Over 20 events have been registered on the Week of Action website, but if one is not in your area, you can still participate! Simply do something to benefit your community or another person this week and post it (with pictures!) to Facebook or tweet about it @weekofaction using the tag #choosetoACT.

Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Community Service Committee is holding a family-friendly event on April 27th in Deerfield, Illinois.  They will be making fleece blankets for Chai Lifeline, an organization that works with children diagnosed with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses.

Secular Hub of Denver, Colorado is planning to send at least ten volunteers to participate in the CH2M Hill Spring River Sweep on April 26th. They, along with other volunteers, will help with numerous projects including trash removal, painting, tree protection, and more. This year, The Greenway Foundation, Denver Parks & Recreation, and the City and County of Denver will host a ceremonial groundbreaking in conjunction with the Spring River Sweep. This groundbreaking will celebrate the $20 million in improvement projects to be completed in and along the South Platte River over the next two years.

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) is having multiple events, one of which is a tree planting event on April 26th at the Ohio School of the Deaf in Columbus, Ohio. This event will be hosted by Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) and the Battelle Rivers and Streams Team. Participants will also enjoy a picnic lunch following the tree planting.

Flagstaff Freethinkers is hosting a unique program on April 26th designed to help heat homes for winter. Their program, Wood for Warmth, provides wood to those who need additional help in keeping their homes warm in the hard Flagstaff, Arizona winters – at least those with the ability to burn wood to do it. Participants will be mainly splitting and stacking wood.

Beyond Belief Network would like to remind all participating Beyond Belief Network teams that any service events completed during Week of Action can count towards raising their 2014 BBN level.  All they have to do is submit their event reports! Completing this simple online task qualifies teams for perks including t-shirts, promotional opportunities, and national recognition. Also, don’t forget to include pictures of your team in action! For suggestions on how to take the best photographs, check out this guide.