HCCO joins COUNT as a 2017 BBN Gold team.
Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) has recognized the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) as a Level 3/Gold team for 2017. “You are at the pinnacle of BBN’s service expectations. We are so thrilled with the exemplary work your team is doing. Not only are you helping your community, you are reminding people of all the good we can do when we focus on actions rather than beliefs.” says Wendy Webber, BBN Coordinator.
HCCO is one of only five of 144 Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams to have reached this milestone in 2017 (so far). Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and Tri-State Freethinkers are among the other 2017 Gold teams. Five teams currently have Silver and two have Bronze status. Mid-Ohio Atheists (MOA) and Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at the Ohio State University (OSU) are also Columbus CoR BBN teams.
HCCO received level 3/Gold status for holding more than 12 service events this year. HCCO reached Gold in 2016 and in 2015, HCCO was awarded a Heart of Humanism award for 2014 along with COUNT and Freethought Dayton (FD).
HCCO Van Buren Drive homeless shelter events are led by Blair Prusha on 2nd Tuesdays of each month where volunteers serve dinner and cleanup. COUNT and HCCO are continuing to hold joint volunteer events at the shelter with the next scheduled for Tuesday, September 12. The Secular Student Alliance at The Ohio State University participated in the April event. Following these events, volunteers often join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) Tuesday night meeting in progress to unwind. The Secular Student Alliance at The Ohio State University participated in the April event. COUNT project leader Mike Bondoc continues to invite other Columbus CoR groups to partner on shelter events. 73 Columbus
CoR volunteers worked 678.5 hours in 33 events at the Van Buren Dr Shelter since this project started in January 2015.
This year, in addition to monthly shelter events, HCCO participates with COUNT in Columbus CoR Third Thursday Bleed-N-Feed events to collect blood products for the Red Cross; donors then go out to dinner afterwards. Twenty-seven life-saving units have been collected from 10 Columbus CoR donors so far in 2017. The next blood donation event will be Thursday, 9/21; RSVP with HCCO or COUNT. HCCO has previously collected winter-wear items to donate to the Columbus Open Shelter and removed invasive plants at the Park of Roses Prairie in August, 2016.
COUNT, HCCO, MOA, SSA at OSU and OA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR). FD is a Friend of Columbus CoR.