Season of Reason – Spring 2020

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Columbus CoR groups working with six charities this Spring!

Adaptive Sports

The Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) is our local chapter of Disabled Sports USA that helps veterans, children, and adults who need adaptive equipment or instruction to participate in sports. Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) members have been working with ASC at Snow Trails again this Winter. As Winter Sports volunteers, they have been assisting with adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons and getting free equipment rental and lift passes. The final event on the schedule for this season is a Volunteer Appreciation Ski Day on Saturday March 14th at Snow Trails near Mansfield. 8 COUNT volunteers have worked 289.5 hours at 30 events at Snow Trails during the past two seasons divided between training, lessons with students and clinics. ASC has kayaking and cycling programs that COUNT will be involved with this Spring and Summer. COUNT members have participated in 54 ASC Cycling, Winter Sports, Kayaking and/or Sailing events, contributing 398 hours since we started working with ASC in August 2018.

Bleed-N-Feed

All Columbus CoR member groups are invited to participate on Third Thursday blood donation events every other month. Donation at the Red Cross is followed by dinner at a local restaurant. COUNT collects and reports results to Foundation Beyond Belief to publicize non-theist charitable efforts and improve the reputations of humanists and atheists. 23 Columbus CoR members spent 159 hours donating 144 units for Bleed-N-Feed events since January 2017.
RSVP with COUNT or the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) for the March 19th event. Note: If you donate on a different day, please RSVP on Meetup and add a note stating the date and number of units and we will include your donation in our report.

Adopt-A-Highway

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), together with Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), is seeking volunteers for another ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) clean up. Sunday March 29 at 9:00 AM volunteers will meet at the Northeast side of the Flags Shopping Center at Cleveland Ave and Schrock Rd.

“HCCO revived its participation in the AAH Program in 2019, and our area is the Cleveland Avenue/I270 interchange. This will be our first AAH event for 2020, so please consider participating in this high-visibility community service program!” Randall Saunders, Event Host

RSVP with HCCO or COUNT and refer to the Meetup announcement for more information, especially the safety training required by ODOT before participating.

Habitat for Humanity

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU) will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 4th from 9 AM – Noon.

“It will be at their warehouse at 3140 Westerville Road and we will be helping to paint playhouses for children! I have 5 more spots open, so if you would like to help out sign up below by Mar 15th and I will email everyone who will be helping out. First come, first serve basis.” SSA at OSU President Nathan Burge.

Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Van Buren Dr Shelter

COUNT, HCCO, and SSA at OSU have together worked 1,180 hours at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter at 67 events since January 2015.
On the second Tuesday of each month volunteers help serve dinner and clean-up from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Omnipresent Atheists (OA) welcomes volunteers afterwards for socializing at their regular Tuesday meeting currently at Jimmy V’s (1755 W. 5th Ave). 20 volunteers have worked there at least five times and have been designated as “Handful” volunteers. RSVP for the April 14th, May 12th and June 9th events.

Ronald McDonald House

In May, COUNT will celebrate completion of seven years of monthly volunteering at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House (RMH), the largest in the world. RMH provides housing and meals for families with hospitalized children. Members of Columbus CoR groups volunteer via COUNT to serve as Housewarmers, restocking “hotel” rooms and otherwise assisting guests. Volunteers may choose to help at the front desk if they like. COUNT Spring RMH events are on April 5th, May 3rd and June 7th first Sunday events. Twenty-one non-theists have worked 1,560 hours there from May 2013 through February 2020.

HCCO, COUNT, OA, and SSA at OSU are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason.