Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America today encouraged participation in broad efforts by the nontheist community to assist with relief in the aftermath of storm "Sandy," which battered the East Coast earlier this week.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in the storm," said Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America. "The nontheist community is rallying together to lend a hand to those affected by the storm."
Organized efforts are underway in the nontheist community to assist in disaster relief and include:
The community has been encouraged to donate blood. A list of blood donation agencies can be found here, organized by state.
- Foundation Beyond Belief has organized a donation drive for Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations here in the U.S. They have also organized donations for International Medical Corps to assist with disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Donations can be made through the organization’s Humanist Crisis Response page.
- The Freethought Society has partnered with the Texas Freethought Convention to collect and distribute money to help where needed. United Coalition for Reason and American Atheists have joined this effort. View their video requesting funds here. To donate, please visit the Emergency Relief Fund page on the Freethought Society website. Encourage others to donate by liking and sharing their Facebook page.
- The New York City Atheists will hold a blood drive on November 6. For more information check their website in the coming days, which will be updated as power is restored to New York City.
- Members of local chapters of Secular Coalition for America member organizations and endorsing organizations have been encouraged to check with their group leaders to see how they can help with local relief efforts.
"Disasters like this are an opportunity for all Americans to recognize our shared humanity and come together to help those who are in need," said Rogers. "As nontheists we don’t pray for help, we recognize that the burden falls on us as human beings to act. All of us, regardless of our religious beliefs, should take action by donating blood, supporting relief efforts and helping to rebuild the communities devastated by this storm."