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SECULAR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW! RU AGAINST HUNGER

Register to participate.

Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and a new student group committed to working with RAH – studentorganizedrah@gmail.com (SO-RAH). need help with upcoming events (you can wear your group’s t-shirts):

  1. SO-RAH Hunger Games (4/11), providing food for young students WHO CAME FROM FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.
  2. ***Volunteers at Community Food Bank of NJ (4/13, 11:30am-1:30pm) – 10 SLOTS AVAILABLE! , Transportation to Hillside provided from campus
  3. NJ PIRG Hunger and Homelessness campaign. Collect food from households in New Brunswick and spread the word about hunger issues

Volunteers at Elijah’s Kitchen, New Bruns. (4/13) – NO MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE; next openings in June and after.

CONTACT RutgersHumanist [@] gmail.com for information.

~Barry Klassel

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APPLY: FOUNDATION BEYOND BELIEF, SUMMER INTERNS

Looking for a summer internship?

Want to make a difference in the world?

Foundation Beyond BeliefFoundation Beyond Belief is a non-profit devoted to “encouraging and demonstrating Humanist generosity and compassion.”  FBB does this by focusing on fundraising and sponsoring charities working in the areas of Education, Poverty and Health, Human Rights and the Natural World.

They also engage in inter-religious cooperation through their Challenge the Gap program that works with charities based in other worldviews.

 

From May 1 to August 31, 2013 Summer Interns will work online at home in the areas of:

  • Assisting the Foundation with membership development
  • Researching and selecting featured charities
  • Donor management
  • Outreach, communications (including blog and social media)
  • Program design
  • And creative organizational development

Click here to learn more about their Summer Interns Program.

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BLOGS, CHICKENS, A HUMANIST SCHOOL IN UGANDA

By Godless Poutine
Blogger at My Secret Atheist Blog 

The Situation in Uganda

According to the the United Nations World Food Programme, “Uganda was ranked 161 out of 187 countries on the 2011 UNDP Human Development Index, with half the population living below the international poverty line.”

Uganda is also home to the notorious Kill the Gays bill and, according to the BBC, the most dangerous places to live if you are gay.  It’s a place where magazines can issue death sentences if you are outed as homosexual that are actually carried out.  Much of it is the result of a quickly growing fundamentalist Christian presence.

But there is at least one beacon of knowledge and hope in this darkness in the form of a most extraordinary school.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS) was founded in 2010 by Secular Humanist Bwambale Robert.

This was just one year after he founded the Kasese United Humanist Association.  Since its inception the school has already made an enormous positive impact on students, parents and the community.

KHPS is a secular school offering Nursery and Primary education in the communities around Kasese Municipality.The education offered is (more…)

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A MEANINGFUL LIFE, DOING THE MOST GOOD

By Boris Yakubchik
President of
Giving What We Can: Rutgers

One thing that makes life meaningful is our relationships with others, especially so when we feel our position within the social fabric is appreciated by others.

Perhaps the easiest way to feel valuable within this wondrous universe is to help others, and the demand for help is so high we can be busy for the rest of our lives. There are few issues you can look at without seeing room for improvement.

Humanists, non-religious, and atheists are no strangers to charity: it’s obvious we are very generous and eager to help others. Kiva.org distributes micro-loans to people in developing nations and the self-identifying group of people who have contributed by far the most are the non-religious.

I don’t mean to argue about which group gives more to charity – I simply mean that anyone who thinks those without religion are not ready to help a fellow human are mistaken.

I encourage you to get involved in helping people, but I urge you to do it methodically. For me, helping others isn’t about how good I will look in public, or how good it will make me feel once I am done (though I assure you it’s the most rewarding experience); for me, helping others means helping as many people as I can with the limited resources I have available.

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CHICKENS MEAN EGGS; AND EGGS FEED DEVELOPING BRAINS


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One of the biggest critiques of charities today is usually that either none of the money actually goes to feeding kids or that it isn’t sustainable in the long run.

That is why My Secret Atheist Blog went straight to the school he wished to help, the Kasese Humanist Primary School, and asked what they needed.

Eggs – or more specifically chickens and the means to keep them - was the reply.

You can take a look at the proposed chicken coop to the right.  You can read all about the project and how it’s sets up at MSAB’s post here.

Every single penny will be used for (more…)

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COLORADO FIRES EMERGENCY RESPONSE, FOUNDATION BEYOND BELIEF

Humanist Crisis Response

The wildfires in Colorado have caused over 32,000 evacuations and destroyed hundreds of homes so far.  And a lot must be done to make sure that number does not continue to grow.

As the cost for fighting the fires continues to rise, FBB’s emergency response branch, the Humanist Crisis Response, has decided to step in where they see the need is greatest, by aiding “seriously underfunded and understaffed first responders” in (more…)

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