COUNT surpasses 500 hours of service at RMH

COUNT members contributed 507 hours of volunteering at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House by the end of February.

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Columbus provides a place to stay for families with children being treated at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and other Franklin county hospitals. Funded and operated entirely by the local community, it expanded last year to become the largest RMH in the world. The Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) began their involvement with RMH by collecting science books on Darwin Day 2013 and donating them. Members of Columbus CoR groups volunteer via COUNT to serve as Housewarmers, restocking "hotel" rooms and otherwise assisting residents. These ten volunteers have now worked a total of over 507 hours since May, 2013:

  • Amadeus Escudero
  • Brian Costlow
  • Cari (CJ) Jacobs
  • Dan Hronek
  • Dave Nohle
  • Gail Ukockis
  • Greg Young
  • Joe Jacobs
  • Michael Bondoc
  • Phil Borders

Barb Althen, Dave Nohle and Matt Shannon founded COUNT over 2 years ago. Dave, Christina Shultz, Brian Costlow and Buxi Iacobone are the current COUNT Steering Committee members. Amadeus Escudero and Gail Ukockis have also served terms on this committee.

COUNT was formed to do volunteering and outreach and holds structured discussions with pre-announced topics on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. There are currently 190 members. Other COUNT projects include:

  • Revitalizing Columbus CoR (2012 – 2014)
  • Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) Benefit Dinner for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank (2012 – 2015)
  • Adopt-A-Highway (with the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, 2013 – 2015)
  • Light The Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (with Columbus CoR and Foundation Beyond Belief, 2013 – 2014)
  • FLOW Big Spring Tree Planting (with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, 2014)
  • Urban Scrawl (with Franklinton Arts District, 2014)
  • Columbus CoR Comfest Booth Tabling (with other Columbus CoR groups, 2014 – 2015)
  • SSA Conference Assistance (with Secular Student Alliance, 2014 – 2015)
  • Serving Meals at Homeless Shelter (with Community Shelter Board, 2015)