Season of Reason: Summer 2015 Events in Central Ohio

Homeless meal preparation, presentations, pride, purposeful parties, picnics and potlucks.

Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) will be marching in the Stonewall Columbus Pride parade on Saturday, June 20th (stepping off at 11 AM). HCCO has reserved sufficient numbers to invite Columbus CoR group members to RSVP and march with them.

Come show Humanist support for the rights and acceptance of every person, no matter what their gender identity or sexual orientation. We look forward to seeing you there!

Party With a Purpose at COMFEST

Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR) is going to have a booth at the Community Festival (COMFEST) again this year on June 26 – 28 to feature their member groups. This festival, held annually in Goodale Park, is quite fun and the booth publicizes non-theist activity in Central Ohio while helping potential members find our groups. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth and can sign up at Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA), Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) or Omnipresent Atheists (OA) meetup events. Volunteers are also needed to work at COMFEST itself and help us get our volunteer deposit back; you can sign up here and indicate that you are working for Columbus Coalition of Reason (Columbus CoR). Remember, if you volunteer for COMFEST itself you get free beer tokens. HCCO will again have a booth at COMFEST and invites members to contact Jeff to help staff the booth. If you attend COMFEST, please stop by one or both booths and chat.

HCCO Annual Summer Picnic & Potluck

This year, Blendon Woods in Westerville is the location for HCCO’s annual picnic/potluck.

Please join us for our annual summer picnic and potluck! This year we will be at the Dogwood Shelter from 11 AM to 3 PM. You can feel free to hang out and socialize after 3 PM. We just have to have our supplies cleaned out of the shelter by then.

RSVP for the Sunday, July 26 event or contact Rose (HCCO Coordinator) to ask questions or volunteer to help with the event.

SSA Conference

Volunteer with COUNT at the 2015 Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Conference July 10 – 12 at The Ohio State University Ohio Union. Volunteers will assist the SSA in providing training to secular attendees and have free admission to many entertaining and informative sessions while participating with many fun secular student attendees. Assignments and schedule are flexible and will be arranged directly with SSA staff. Volunteer spots are limited so get signed up ASAP to get your spot!

Adopt a Highway

COUNT, HCCO and MOA have been busy recently cleaning up the highway. COUNT worked with HCCO to clean up their section in Columbus on May 23 and MOA cleaned up theirs on June 6. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT to help out on August 1st or for September 5th (COUNT/HCCO). Watch for another MOA cleanup later this summer.

COUNT Serving Meals at Van Buren Shelter Monthly

COUNT is holding 2nd Tuesday team shelter events throughout the summer. COUNT started serving meals at the Van Buren Drive shelter (near Harmon and Mound Streets) in January and has had six successful events already. Since January, an additional dining room has opened in the facility, increasing the number of volunteer slots to 14. Shifts are from 5:30 – 8:00 PM (repeat volunteers can start at 6:00). Parking is free and right outside the building. Because Event Host Christina McDuffie has arranged to regularly reserve the entire shift for COUNT volunteers on 2nd Tuesdays, it is simpler than ever to RSVP for the upcoming July 14, August 11 and September 8 events.

”The Community Shelter Board is ending homelessness in our community. We oversee over $13 million in funding for homelessness prevention initiatives, emergency shelters, housing services, and supportive housing — showcasing an innovative, collaborative model for abolishing homelessness. We work collaboratively with 12 partner agencies to unify resources and knowledge, helping over 8,000 people each year. The Community Shelter Board was created in 1986 to respond to the growing problem of homelessness in Franklin County. Our founders include: the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, the Columbus Chamber and many other organizations concerned about the quality of life in Franklin County.” From

Volunteers often go out afterwards to Hampton’s to have a bite/drink and join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) meeting in progress.

MOA Regional Atheist Picnic & Fundraiser

MOA has announced their 7th Annual Picnic & Fundraiser for Sunday, July 19, noon – 5 PM at South Park in Mansfield.

We have a new location and some other changes to the event this year. We will have new merchandise for purchase, raffle, as well as a 50/50 raffle, our donation drive contest to benefit two local charities (donation items can be found on the website and social media event sections). Food will be provided by MOA this year, so we are asking for a suggested $5.00 donation per person. Menu items will be posted online. Any other items you wish to share are welcome. All proceeds benefit MOA community activity participation and educational events throughout the year.

The event will feature two speakers:

  • Christina McDuffie – Co-chair Secular Coalition for Ohio, Event Coordinator Columbus Coalition of Reason (COR) and Steering Committee Member Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), will discuss Community Volunteerism, COUNT’s upcoming award from Foundation Beyond Belief, and suggestions for how groups can be more involved in the betterment of their communities through volunteer projects.
  • Jennifer Lovejoy – Affiliate Services Manager for Atheist Alliance of America and host of Atheist Avengers podcast, will share with us “Cinched in the Bible Belt: An Atheist Mom’s Journey” and will have a Q & A session afterwards.

RSVP and get details at MOA’s Facebook or Meetup events.

Mansfield Gay Pride

Mansfield will hold it’s 1st Gay Pride event on Saturday July 25. A festival kicks off at 11 AM with a parade that ends at the entrance to South Park, the location for the event. MOA members will be walking in the parade and staffing a booth during the festival.

We invite everyone to stop by and visit and we will have merchandise available as well. We try to participate in as many local community events as possible each year and are looking forward to meeting new people and getting our name out into the community even more! Anyone who would like to walk in the parade or volunteer, please contact [email protected].

NCSC/OSU-Mansfield Community Involvement Day

MOA will also be involved with the North Central State College (NCSC) and OSU-Mansfield Community Involvement Day later in the summer. According to Marissa Hills, “This is a great outreach to the local college campus and others in the community. We had a wonderful experience last year and look forward to another fun day with all the new students on campus.”

HCCO, COGA, COUNT, OA and MOA are member groups in the Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR). SSA is a friend of Columbus CoR.

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