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Thank you, FreeFlo!

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FreeFlo 2015 Conference Service Project

The Florida Humanist Association conference, FreeFlo, hosts a service project that benefits our community each year. This past weekend, BE. Orlando sponsored the project for the third year.

Conference-goers made 50 code bracelet puzzles to include in gift bags at the 2016 Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival for at-risk children in Orlando.  Crafty attendees chose a positive word and then tackled using Morse code to create a puzzle bracelet. Even braver attendees helped by solving the puzzles to ensure there were no mistakes before packaging the gifts in Pi Day sacks with the decoder key and a personal positive message.

Attendees also made $124.00 in donations to help provide additional math and science books and games for the children’s gift bags.  Thank you!!

“This is fun and I feel like I am connecting with a child in need right here” said one bracelet-maker.  Some of those who volunteered to solve the puzzles were amazed at how easy it looked – but wasn’t. “Kids can solve these?”

IMG_20151109_074144178Several people wanted to take a bracelet home to their own child in exchange for a donation – we didn’t have the supplies for that this year, but if we come back next year that will definitely be an option!

Thank you to the conference chairs, David and Jocelyn Williamson, for their commitment to impacting our community.  The FreeFlo conference makes an effort to create this wonderful option each year by including a service project in the vendor area. Having an on-site service project provides attendees a way to have a direct impact as well as inspires them to seek creative ways they can impact their local communities.  There were many discussions about finding and creating ways to engage other Humanist organizations and communities in making a difference.

We are grateful to have been invited once again to serve at this conference – thank you, FreeFlo, and everyone who made bracelets, solved puzzles, made donations, and engaged in empowering, energizing conversations about service.  You ROCK!

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Humanist Community at Veg Fest!

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Humanist Community section * Blood Drive * Make a Difference Day service project

Central Florida Veg Fest | October 24th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Orlando Festival Park (2911 E Robinson Street).
Humanist Community will be at tables 83-87 along the fence at Livingston Street.
See the festival Map.

Updated 10/18/15

Update! Secular & Humanist Community flyer posted. Flyer (jpg)  Our location at the festival will be along the fence at Livingston Street, near the Acoustic Stage.

Update!  The Blood Drive flyers and facebook event are posted.  Please share and help promote the Bus that will be near the entrance – Facebook Event | Flyer (jpg)

Central Florida Veg Fest is one of our favorite events – and this year, it is going to be better than ever!  The 10th Annual Central Florida Veg Fest is on Saturday, October 24th, at Orlando Festival Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Central Florida Veg Fest is one of the largest, most well-attended festivals of its kind in the nation.  There are hundreds of vendors – food, beer garden, unique crafts, educational speakers, performance artists, artists corner, animal haven, kids zone, charitable organizations, blood drive, and much more.  And now – a Humanist Community section!

Humanist Community at Central Florida Veg Fest!!!

Picture4Central Florida community of organizations, agencies, and groups for Humanists and secular individuals of all kinds will gather as vendors at a festival. Many of the active local secular groups will be represented.

Come hang out with the local Humanist Community at Veg Fest! We’ll have plenty of chairs, the shade of multiple tents, great folks, a service project celebrating Make a Difference Day, and information about these local activities and groups:

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Each of the groups has a different focus, such as fun & social, safe-haven, professional, networking, community service, political activism for faith and/or LGBT equality, educational events & conferences, etc. Some of the groups are exclusively of interest to non-believers; others (like BE.) attract members of minority and majority faith perspectives as well. Regardless of your interest (or mere curiosity) we hope you will visit the Humanist Community at Central Florida Veg Fest.

Make A Difference Day – October 24th!

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October 24th is Make a Difference Day, a nationwide effort that encourages people to make contributions that improve communities and better lives.

In honor of Make a Difference Day, BE. Orlando will host both a blood drive and an on-site service project for festival attendees.  ARTIST HEROES: Wolves provides uniquely designed pages that make it easy for anyone to draw and color the wolves and wolfdogs at a local sanctuary, raising awareness for the sanctuary and encouraging creative artistry. Participation in the service day project is free, so come by and see what we have going on this year!

The Big Red Bus will be near the entrance. You can make an appointment in advance to avoid wait times, or simply stop by the bus before or after enjoying the festival.

This is a great opportunity for the community to learn about local secular resources, explore involvement opportunities, or just say hello and get to know some pretty awesome people. See you there?

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FreeFlo Conference sponsors table to inspire love of STEM for local at-risk children!

header bannerThe Florida Humanist Association’s annual conference, FreeFlo, is the only freethought conference in Florida geared toward Humanists, Skeptics, Atheists, and other freethinkers.  It occurs in Orlando in the fall (November 6-8 this year) and features amazing nationally-acclaimed speakers and local and national vendors that represent groups or offer goods or services that enrich the secular community.

This will be the third year FreeFlo organizers have invited BE. Orlando volunteers to host a service project in the vendor area to engage conference attendees in an activity that makes a difference for the Central Florida community, where the conference is hosted.

In 2013 at this conference we did the Positive Postcard Project – writing positive messages to kids in need – as well as signing messages and cards for local teenager & friend of PintClub, Shelby, who had just survived a bone marrow transplant (and is still doing great, by the way!).  In fact, she recently went back to school – read the article here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 2014, we hosted the code bracelet project.  Attendees make packets that included hand-made code bracelets with a secret word and Morse code key to be used as gifts in the prize packs for 50 local at-risk children at the Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival. The kids loved them!

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In 2015 we are once again hosting the code bracelets – and we have on order special printed pouches with our InsPIre logo for conference attendees to pack with a bracelet, the code key, and a note to inspire kids to explore math, science, and Pi(e). 🙂

Please consider supporting the Festival with a donation to help us include amazing gifts in the children’s gift bags.  Volunteers provide as much as we can, but we would love to have amazing books and other items to give out as well as new activities to engage (and InsPIre!) the kids. (Note this is a third-party volunteer event supporting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.  Donations are not tax-deductible.)

We are grateful to FreeFlo for being proactive about seeking ways to impact the community and promote and encourage civic engagement.

Visit their conference website, Free-Flo.org, for further information – we hope to see you there!


Volunteer with BE. at the conference

FreeFlo: Volunteers for conference service project

Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, 7:00 AM

5 Awesome People Attending

Check out this Meetup →


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• Free-Flo.org

• FreeFlo on Facebook

• Florida Humanist Association

• 2016 Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival

FreeFlo Conference this weekend

We are looking forward to to the Florida Humanist Association FreeFlo conference this weekend! Come find us in the vendor room – we’ll be hosting a service project, making code bracelets for children that will be used in the gift packs at the Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival in March.

We will also have information about the SRMA Project and other service initiatives.  Donations will be accepted for The Warmies Project and the Math, Science, and Pi(e) Festival.

Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, professor and best-selling author as this year’s keynote speaker at the conference.

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