Season of Reason – Summer 2018

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Pies, Picnics, Parks and Plenty of Volunteering!

Van Buren Dr Shelter

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), already a 2018 Gold/level 3 Beyond Belief Network (BBN) team, and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), a Gold/level 3 team for 2016 and 2017 (well on the way to Gold for 2018), and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU), 2017 Heart of Humanism Campus All-Star Award winner, have together worked 845.5 hours at the Van Buren Dr. homeless shelter since January 2015.

On the second or third Tuesday of each month volunteers help serve dinner and clean-up. 82 participants from Columbus CoR groups have worked at 41 events held January, 2015 through May, 2018. 17 have worked there at least five times and have been designated as “Handful” volunteers. RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for the June 19 (3rd Tuesday), July 10 (2nd Tuesday), August 14 (2nd Tuesday), September 11 (2nd Tuesday) events. Omnipresent Atheists (OA) welcomes volunteers afterwards for socializing at their regular Tuesday meeting currently at the Bottle Shop (across from Hamptons on King Ave).

Ronald McDonald House

COUNT has now been working on 1st Sundays at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House (RMH), the largest in the world, for a full five years. COUNT is holding events there on July 1, August 5 and September 2 1st Sunday events. 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. Twenty members have worked 1,169.7 hours there from May 2013 through May 2018.


Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR) is going to have a booth at COMFEST June 22-24 to publicize all of its member groups. According to Coordinator Avery Winston:

This festival is fun and a booth would publicize non-theist activity in Central Ohio and help us find potential members. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth to talk to anyone who approaches that might interested in the community.
Also, if you want to volunteer at COMFEST itself and help Columbus CoR get our volunteer deposit back ($5 per hour to go towards covering $125) via security, garbage collection, etc. you can sign up here. Make sure you get a slip from a COMFEST person for the volunteer deposit to go back towards Columbus Coalition of Reason.
Remember, if you volunteer for COMFEST (itself), you get free beer tokens. Please RSVP ASAP. If you don’t want to table and just would like to stop by and chat, please don’t hesitate.

RSVP with Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA), COUNT or OA


Although the national Secular Student Alliance (SSA) moved their headquarters to California last year, they will return to Columbus for the annual SSA Conference June 29 to July 1. COUNT is again recruiting local volunteers to help out during the event. These helpers can pick from various assignments/shifts and are invited to attend the conference for no charge. During the last several years, volunteer slots have been snapped up well before the month of the event but many slots are still available. RSVP and get additional information soon.


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. Fifty-seven life-saving units were collected from 12 Columbus CoR donors from January 2017 to date.
RSVP with HCCO or COUNT for July 19th. 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.

UU ASH Lay-led Service

The Atheist/Skeptic/Humanist (ASH) group is hard at work on their annual lay-led service at the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Clintonville. The August 5th service will be based on “the Arts from a Secular Perspective”. The plan tentatively includes various performances: Samurai legend of Heaven and Hell (David Krohn), a song from Les Kleen’s new operetta, Look Down The River (Chas Williams), It Ain’t Necessarily So (Karen Thimmes), and a few informal readings.

Pie Contest/Picnic

HCCO has announced an inaugural Annual Pie Baking Contest to be held at this year’s annual Summer Picnic which starts at 4:30 PM Saturday, August 11th. Interested home bakers are invited to submit a sweet pie of their choice at the Lakeside Pavilion at Homestead Park. A panel of judges will taste and evaluate each pie beginning at 5:30 PM followed by public tastings for the people’s choice award.

We will be taking Pie Pledges throughout the event. Pie Pledges are one-time donation pledges that attendees will honor at a later date (but during 2018). These donations will go towards HCCO’s operational costs so we can continue to offer you great events like this one! Pie pledges are not required to eat pie or to participate as a contestant. Note: We cannot accept donations onsite due to regulations.

Register to attend the picnic by 5 PM on August 10th. Participating bakers should also register and check details here.

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

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