COUNT Receives Awards & Grants for Adaptive Sports Connection and Black Nonbelievers

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Two Heart of Humanism awards/grants and August Team of the Month

Foundation Beyond Belief presented two awards to Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) on August 8th as part of the American Humanist Association virtual conference. Andrew Whitacre, COUNT Steering Committee member and Van Buren Center program leader and event host, accepted these awards on behalf of COUNT.

“Congratulations! COUNT has won the Heart of Humanism Gimme Food and Shelter award and Backbone Volunteers award. The annual Heart of Humanism awards recognize sterling service from Beyond Belief Network teams and other humanists who have made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism. Your award, Gimme Food and Shelter, awarded to the team with outstanding contributions to causes related to homelessness and food and comes with a $100 grant. Backbone Volunteers is awarded to a team that played a consistent and reliable role in local organization and comes with a $100 grant.” Foundation Beyond Belief

Winning the Heart of Humanism Gimme Food and Shelter award for their 2019 activity made COUNT qualified for a grant. COUNT requested that the $100 grant be applied to COUNT’s Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) fundraiser COUNT members pledged matching funds to also be contributed to the COUNT ASC fundraiser which now has reached $700 of the $1,000 goal. Donations are being accepted online at

Winning the Heart of Humanism Backbone Volunteers award for their 2019 activity made COUNT qualified for another grant. COUNT requested that this $100 grant be applied toward the ColumbusCoR Organizer’s six month Meetup fee due November 5th in support of Black Nonbelievers of Columbus, OH (BN CBUS), COUNT and Omnipresent Atheists (OA).

COUNT was also named the August Beyond Belief Network Team of the Month.

“August’s Team of the Month is Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) with an extraordinary nine events in August! COUNT volunteers were homewarmers at Columbus Ohio Ronald McDonald House, assembled lunch kits at a local shelter, and joined up seven times for COVID-19-safe kayaking events with adaptive athletes.” Foundation Beyond Belief

COUNT, BN CBUS and OA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason.