Season of Reason – Summer 2019

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Columbus CoR groups offer a summer full of options for community, charity and outreach!

Brewery Fundraiser

Cudos to Bill V. for organizing another successful Columbus CoR Brewery Fundraiser at Seventh Son. With 20 attendees at the April 10th event, $64.00 was collected raising the total collected for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank since 2012 to $16,644.45 (plus 1,954 lbs of food).

Adaptive Kayaking & Cycling

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) has been volunteering with the Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) since last fall having participated in cycling and winter sports. Cycling has started again and kayaking has been added to COUNT’s involvement.

ASC helps veterans, children, and adults who need adaptive equipment or instruction to participate in sports. Last fall COUNT piloted involvement with ASC by participating in two veteran bike rides where volunteers help select and fit a bicycle or tricycle to the student and then serve as a “buddy rider” on the 4 mile loop in Glacier Ridge Metro Park. The next cycling event will be on Saturday June 8.

From December through mid-March, five COUNT volunteers participated in the winter sports program (skiing and snowboarding) at Snow Trails near Mansfield. ASC provides lift tickets and rental equipment and will even train novice volunteers to ski/snowboard. 5 COUNT volunteers worked 110.5 hours at 11 events at Snow Trails this season divided between training, lessons with students and clinics.

Several COUNT members have been participating in the in-pool, dry land and in-water training events and will participate in the first volunteer event on Saturday June 15.

AHA Streaming Party

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) is holding a streaming party for the American Humanists Association (AHA) 78th annual conference on Saturday, June 8th from 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

“This event is BYOB and a potluck so bring your favorite dish to share. Giveaways planned throughout the day!”

Adopt a Highway

Mid Ohio Atheists (MOA) has scheduled a highway cleanup for Sunday June 9 from 8 – 10 AM. Volunteers will meet at the Ohio State Highway Patrol post on Main St. near the I-71 and State Rt 13 interchange in Mansfield.

“Mid Ohio Atheists participation in the Ohio Dept. of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway Program is a way for our group to demonstrate to the public that atheists are good citizens too. We now are a Gold Star group, recognizing 5+ years of dedication to the Adopt a Highway program.”

Van Buren Dr Shelter

90 volunteers from COUNT, HCCO, and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU), have together worked 1,018.5 hours at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter at 57 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 Marshall’s (1105 W. 1st Ave). 17 volunteers have worked there at least five times and have been designated as “Handful” volunteers. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th events (all 2nd Tuesdays).

Foundation Beyond Belief has awarded HCCO their Backbone Volunteers award for 2018 (announced 5/29/2019), citing their work with the Community Shelter Board (Van Buren Dr Shelter). COUNT has also previously won this award and both groups have been Gold level 1 teams for the last several years.

Columbus Pride

HCCO will be marching and tabling during Columbus Pride planned for Friday June 14th to Saturday June 15th.

“We are doing Pride 2019 right! This June we are marching on Saturday and tabling all day Friday and Saturday. Volunteers are needed for both! Did we mention exclusive Pride T-shirts for volunteers? Check out the details on our Meetup.”

Ronald McDonald House

The Columbus Ronald McDonald House (RMH), the largest in the world, 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 instead choose to help at the front desk if they like. COUNT Summer RMH events are on July 7th, August 4th and September 1st – all first Sunday events. Twenty non-theists have worked 1,377 hours there from May 2013 through May 2019.

At the May 5th RMH Columbus Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, four currently active COUNT members (Vickie Y, Mike B, Andrew W and Dave N) were recognized as having volunteered more than 100 hours and two (Mike B and Dave N) were recognized for working at RMHC for at least 5 years.


All Columbus CoR member groups are invited to participate on Third Thursday events every other month. Blood 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. 17 Columbus CoR members spent 115 hours donating 103 units for Bleed-N-Feed events since January 2017.

RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the July 18th 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.


HCCO is back at the Community Festival (AKA Comfest) this year in Goodale Park June 28th – 30th.

“We’re looking for volunteers to occupy our booth and spread the word about Humanism! If you’re in the area make sure you pop by and say Hi! More details on our Meetup Event.”

HCCO Picnic

HCCO will hold the annual summer picnic on Saturday, August 10 from 4:30 to 9:00 PM at the Homestead Park, Lakeside Pavillion in Hilliard.

“Demonstrate Humanist values within our community! Please visit to make a donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on behalf of HCCO! Last year we raised $150; let’s break $200 in 2019!”

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

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