BE. Inspired – December Newsletter

Planning For a Meaningful 2019

It is human (not religious) to seek meaning in life, connection to something beyond ourselves, a sense of purpose, and a means to invest some of our finite, irreplaceable time in a way that leaves a positive impact. Our passions may include ensuring equity and human rights; providing at-risk youth with opportunities and inspiration; addressing food/economic insecurity; promoting literacy and education; comforting those who are ill; ending relational and other human violence;  ensuring an ecologically sustainable tomorrow; and overcoming other barriers to human and natural flourishing.  When you joined BE. Orlando, you made a personal commitment to act on your passion and make a positive impact.

Volunteering with BE. addresses serious issues in our community  – and goes a step further.  Many people of non-faith and underrepresented faiths hesitate to volunteer, donate, pursue social service careers, or even seek needed services because of the faith bias at many charitable organizations.  Our visible presence as a secular organization making a positive difference – as well as direct advocacy with individual charities – helps to overcome negative stereotypes and assumptions about non-religious people.  Together, we are breaking down barriers, building bridges across divisions, and opening doors, minds, and hearts.

Thank you for BEing part of our mission and impact.

Help us keep this important work moving forward in 2019 – RSVP with us on Meetup.com/BEOrlando.  Here’s some of what we have planned so far:

  • QUARTERLY CHAPTER MEETINGS  Mark your calendars for these Saturdays at 1 p.m.: 2/9, 5/11, 8/10, and 11/9.  The locations will be determined and posted soon.
  • SERVICE PROJECTS  (more will be posted soon!)
    • JANUARY 5 – 1st 2019 event! Help at the Distaff Day Warmies & Food Drive!
    • 2nd Wednesdays: Meal Serve at SafeHouse
    • 3rd Wednesdays: Recovering From Religion Peer Support Group
    • Quarterly Blood Drives at a OneBlood branch office near you (in planning)
    • Quarterly Second Harvest volunteer events (3/9, 6/29, 8/24, & 12/21)
    • Festivals: Earth Day & Veg Fest Blood Drive & Humanist outreach tent

Position Postings – Board Members

We are actively recruiting board members to represent our mission to the greater Orlando community, assist with financial and strategic planning, and provide guidance and expertise to help increase our positive impact.

Board leadership is about creating the circumstances that will allow our mission to be achieved.  You can help us translate our shared vision into action and serve as a powerful voice that communicates the impact and importance of our work.

Please share with anyone you know who may be interested.  Contact: BEOrlando@live.com.

Link to share: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/762616407404444

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

2018 header

BE. Orlando is hosting our annual Holiday STE{A}M Toy Drive, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida!

Toy Drive Info, STEM toy suggestions & shopping links: https://stem4youth.wordpress.com/toydrive/

giftFinal day is Saturday, December 15.  Join us for breakfast in Oviedo at The Breakfast Club or drop by the breakfast between 7 & 9 a.m. to drop off items.

NEEDS: STEM-related toys and books for children of all ages (0-18), gifts for men and

women, and supplies for the Coalition (non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, underwear, diapers, socks).

Pick-up service for those collecting at local businesses is available the week prior to Elfing Day, December 8 – 15th.  Please email BEOrlando@live.com to arrange a pick-up at your Orlando-area place of business.

Upcoming Events – December

RSVP & Details: Meetup.com/BEOrlando

  • 12/5 Last day to RSVP for SafeHouse
  • 12/12 SafeHouse Meal Serve – Winter Wonderland theme
  • 12/15 Breakfast & Elfing Day (final drop-off for STEM Toy Drive!)
  •  12/19 Recovering From Religion Peer Support Group

Special Days in December

December is rich with traditions, holidays, and observances – Learn about some of them here: https://humanistcalendar.wordpress.com/december-multicultural-observances/

 


BE. Orlando is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a chapter of the American Humanist Association, a gold level team with the Foundation Beyond Belief, and an affiliate of American Atheists.

EIN 36-4861478 | PO Box 677693, Orlando, FL 32867 | 407-608-9242

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Location PO Box 677693, Orlando, FL 32867 E-mail BEOrlando@live.com Hours View our calendar at http://meetup.com/BEOrlando.
%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close