January 1, 2017
2016 was an interesting year, leaving many of us feeling motivated to become even more engaged in making a difference, helping others, and strengthening our communities. As we journey into the new year, let’s focus as Humanists on what we can do to uplift others and make the world a better place.
We’re going to make it easy to expand your kindness footprint this year.
Some upcoming events are highlighted below – join our member site and keep an eye on the calendar for more ways to get involved.
We also have a list of Volunteer Resources featuring other local and national volunteer organizations.
Join our 12x12x12 Challenge
In this dodecagon of kindness, pledge to make one care kit every month this year with 12 items for someone in need. Find care kit ideas: SafeHouse Wishlist or Coalition Wishlist or join our event for additional ideas. You can drop off kits at the shelters or at any BE. Orlando event in 2017. (This challenge was initiated by our Gulf Coast project leader, Kim; if you’re in the Tampa area, contact us to get in touch with her to find shelters and people in need in your local community.)
MLK Day of Service Event
Join us on January 16th for “A day on, not a day off”. We’ll be preparing and serving lunch at the Ronald McDonald House. This will be our first time at their new location in Lake Nona. RSVP here.
You can find other MLK Weekend events through Allforgood.org.
Share math & science activities with kids on March 11th at the 5th annual Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival for at-risk children at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. RSVP Here.
Donate blood with us and/or volunteer at the BE. Orlando tent at Earth Day (Apr 22) and Veg Fest (Oct TBD). We’re also planning a Pulse Anniversary blood drive at Target in Oviedo on June 3rd (a week before the main Orlando activities will be taking place) and we’re looking forward to a 2nd annual blood drive & STEM toy drive collection in December.
Learn more about our blood drives here: http://JustGottaBE.org/the-gift-of-life
STEM-Themed Summer Book Drive
Commit to help us provide STEM-themed books and books that highlight successful women and minority leaders in STEM and other fields to assist with the summer reading initiatives in our community. Learn more at https://stem4youth.wordpress.com/stem-book-drive/ or RSVP with us on Meetup.
Monthly Meal Serve
We have hosted monthly dinners at a local shelter since January 2013. All of the 2017 2nd Wednesday SafeHouse dinners are posted and themed, including Taco Nite, Breakfast for Dinner, Challenge ingredient: Chocolate, Luau, and of course holiday themes for Oct, Nov, and Dec. Join to view events on our calendar.
Free professional development workshop on faith diversity
Join us on Saturday, March 25th, for a free, fun, interactive workshop exploring faith and non-faith diversity in our culture and how we can can each play a role in generating respect and inclusion for everyone. Workshop hosted by the UCF office of Diversity and Inclusion; certificate of completion provided. Visit http://SRMA-UCF.org for details and registration information
How YOU can help us BE more successful in 2017
- Become a member – it is free, and we have some great service and social events planned for 2017
- Suggest our group to others
- Join our member-based Board of Advisors (contact BEOrlando@live.com)
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
- Visit http://JustGottaBE.org to learn more about us and our initiatives & follow our blog
- share http://JustGottaBE.org on your social media and other networks.
THANK YOU for making a difference!
You do so many things every day that make the world a better place: from the support you provide to friends and family, to the child you made smile in the grocery store, to the larger more intentional acts like volunteering, donating blood, and investing in charitable causes. What you do MATTERS.
Making kindness a priority means discovering the ways you are already making a positive impact, and doing more of those – then adding to the list.
Whatever the cultural climate, political absurdity, or human atrocities dramatized by headlines, we must remember that we have the power to make a difference around us every day. Let’s focus on the good, together.
We wish you an amazing, rewarding, uplifting year of kindness and compassion.