We are grateful to the donors who contributed 15 units of blood at Saturday’s blood drive and 97 books to support summer literacy initiatives!
1 – BLOOD DRIVE
On Saturday, in partnership with Target (Oviedo) and OneBlood, we joined the Central Florida Freethought Community to host the first Pulse Remembrance blood drive in Central Florida; the 15 donors were the first to earn the STILL STRONG donor shirt. We enjoyed a great day making a difference with the CFFC and members and friends who came to support the efforts. Fifteen units of blood collected will impact 45 lives in our community.
2 – BOOK DRIVE
The event was also the final drop-off for our annual STEM-themed summer literacy book drive. In support of local literacy initiatives of the Heart of Florida United Way and its partner agencies that focus on bridging the summer reading gap, we collect new science, technology, engineering, and math-related books, and books that highlight women and minorities in successful leadership roles, that will be given to youth as gifts. The Central Florida Freethought Community joined the effort again this year. With their help, we reached a total of 97 high-quality new books.
This year’s collection included multiple copies of Women in Science, an autographed copy of Astronomy Saves The World from its author Daniel Batcheldor, Chasing Space, and many more fun and visually stunning books that will be sure to ignite the imagination of young readers.
Our next STEM-themed collection will be the holiday toy drive – BE part of it! Follow us at http://STEM4youth.wordpress.com. We’re proud to be a part of STEM4Youth, a collaborative effort of local secular and Humanist organizations. Initiatives include the summer book drive, holiday toy drive, and an annual Math, Science, & Pi(e) Fest.
- Make a Difference in Under a Minute (sign online thank-you letter to a local university for their Humanist inclusion efforts)
- Monthly meal serve in Sanford
- Solutionary Festival & Peace Walk at Lake Eola
- Park & Lake Cleanup event
- Food donation sorting at Second Harvest
- Living shoreline stabilization project at Canaveral National Seashore
- Professional Development – free diversity workshop on faith in the workplace
- Mattress recycling project at the Mustard Seed
- Target in Oviedo
- Central Florida Freethought Community
- BE. Orlando Humanist Fellowship, Member site & event calendar