So many Summer events to choose from…
Van Buren Dr Shelter
Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), both Gold/level 3 Beyond Belief Network teams for 2016, have together surpassed 623 hours working at the Van Buren Dr. shelter since January 2015. COUNT has already reached Gold/level 3 for 2017 and HCCO is close behind. Volunteers help serve dinner and clean-up. Ten COUNT and 4 HCCO members have been recognized as “Handful” volunteers, having worked at least five times at the shelter.
RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the June 13, July 11 and August 8 second Tuesday events. Omnipresent Atheists (OA) welcomes volunteers afterwards for socializing at their regular Tuesday meeting at Hamptons on King.
The Stonewall Pride Festival and Parade is June 16 – 17. According to the organizers, “After eight years in the Short North’s Goodale Park, a move made necessary by the Riverfront redevelopment projects, the 2017 Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival will now take place in Bicentennial and Genoa parks.” HCCO will be tabling again this year. RSVP to help at the HCCO table and stop by and say hello if you attend.
Canoeing & Kayaking
HCCO will be paddling Darby Creek at 10:30 AM on Saturday June 17 from Trapper John’s Canoe Livery in Grove City. “As per the time honored tradition, we’ll be paddling this summer just as we’ve done in times past. We’ll also be getting Mexican food afterward too! Bring your sunscreen, your pith helmets, and your safari shirts. Bring your bottles of water, your camouflage trucker hats, and waders! Be ready to canoe the rough waters of Darby Creek!” says Jake, the Event Host.
The Community Festival (COMFEST) will run June 23 – 25 in Goodale Park. The Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR) will have a booth at COMFEST for the fourth year and HCCO will again have a booth. Volunteers are being recruited to staff the booths and talk to interested attendees. Many of our group’s members heard about us at COMFEST. Volunteers may also help defray costs (and get free beer tokens!) by helping with cleanup or security during COMFEST. Get details and RSVP with Columbus CoR, COGA, COUNT, OA, or HCCO.
Secular at Any Speed
HCCO has scheduled several bicycle rides this summer with the first on June 24. The group will meet up at the OSU football stadium, take the Olentangy Trail to Whetstone, then then back to campus area for lunch (at Taj Mahal on High). Event host Jake: “This is just joyriding, though if you are a speed demon or you wanna go muddin’ you can. I’ll be cruising at a moderate pace on my sedan-like comfort hybrid.”
Ronald McDonald House
COUNT will be working at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House on July 2, August 6, and September 3. Some COUNT volunteers work the 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM shift and some work the 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM shift. Join us for whichever shift suits you. Members of Columbus CoR groups volunteer via COUNT to serve as Housewarmers, restocking “hotel” rooms and otherwise assisting guests. Seventeen volunteers worked a total of 925 hours from May, 2013 through May, 2017. Our 18th volunteer, Evan, started his training this month.
The national Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Conference is at OSU’s Ohio Union July 7 – 9. COUNT volunteers are helping out for the 4th year (and getting in free) and HCCO will be tabling on Saturday and Sunday. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT to volunteer. HCCO is also offering discounted registration for members (e mail Rose).
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. Twenty life-saving units have been collected from 10 Columbus CoR donors so far in 2017. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for July 20.
HCCO Summer Picnic
COUNT, HCCO, and OA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason. The Secular Student Alliance is a Friend of Columbus CoR.