Beyond Belief Network announces their 2017 Heart of Humanism Award winners.
Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) has a network of at least 144 local humanist and non-theist teams around the world who hold charitable service events. These Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams report events to FBB who tracks and publicizes results to raise awareness of secular service. Four Columbus CoR groups participate in the BBN: Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), Mid-Ohio Atheists (MOA) in Mansfield and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) at The Ohio State University (OSU).
Foundation Beyond Belief is so proud of the many individuals and local groups who made extraordinary contributions to compassionate humanism in 2017. Through our work, we are honored to partner with these individuals and organizations in order to improve the lives of so many communities throughout the world. Our Heart of Humanism awards recognizes some of these dedicated volunteers, and we are thrilled to announce the 2017 winners.
According to FBB, “The Campus All-Star award recognizes an outstanding student team, and this year our winner is the Secular Student Alliance at Ohio State University. These bright students will receive a grant of $100.00.” SSA at OSU members have worked at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and, along with HCCO and COUNT, served dinner at the Van Buren Drive homeless shelter. Shelter volunteers often join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) Tuesday night social meetup in progress at Hampton’s on King after the dishes are done. SSA at OSU was the September 2017 BBN Team of the Month, a designation given to COUNT in June 2014 and jointly given to COUNT and HCCO in August 2016.
Other teams winning awards for 2017 include:
- Austin Humanists at Work won the Humanism at Work award including a grant of $250.00 as the team with the most volunteer hours (5,156).
- STAR, South Texas Atheists for Reason, received the Eat. Sleep. Volunteer. Repeat. award and a $100.00 grant
for having the most events (104).
- Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless garnered the Rookie of the Year award which is accompanied by a grant of $50.00.
- Minnesota Atheists captured the Gimme Food and Shelter award and $100.00 grant recognizing outstanding contributions to causes related to homelessness and food insecurity.
- Long Island Atheists took Best Photo award for a photo taken during their first trail and highway clean up event.
- BE. Orlando got the Backbone Volunteers award ($100.00 grant) for playing a consistent and reliable role in a local organization. COUNT had won this award for 2014.
The following individuals won Heart of Humanism awards:
- Jamie del Rosario Martinez of HAPI in Manila, Philippines was dubbed Most Valuable Volunteer.
- Victoria Gettman of South Texas Atheists for Reason (STAR) was awarded the Outstanding Leader award.
- David Tamayo of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree) achieved the Heart of Humanism, FBB’s highest award, for outstanding contributions to compassionate humanism. His dedication and contributions helped many people in Puerto Rico, and FBB designated a $5,000 grant to HAFree in support of their hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Columbus CoR groups have won other BBN service awards and levels for their Charity. HCCO reached Gold/level 3 as a BBN team with at least 12 service events for 2016 and 2017. COUNT achieved Gold in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 amd MOA has also previously been a Gold team. Both are expected to reach Gold for 2018. HCCO was awarded a Heart of Humanism award for 2014 along with COUNT and Freethought Dayton (FD). COUNT was awarded July 2016 Picture of the Month for Derrick Strobl’s photo taken while volunteering at the 2016 national Secular Student Alliance conference.
COUNT, HCCO, MOA, SSA at OSU and OA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR). FD and the national SSA are Friend of Columbus CoR.