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Humanist Response: Blood Drive

Update 6/19/16: THANK YOU to everyone who came out to show support and give blood at the CFFC & BE. #OrlandoUnited Blood Drive at Target yesterday!

We are grateful for the partnership of Target in Oviedo, the support and professionalism of the OneBlood medical staff, the efforts of 15 volunteers, the members of the community who came out to show support, and the donors who gave 27 units of blood – potentially impacting more than 80 lives!

Volunteers joined us from BE. Orlando, Central Florida Freethought Community, and the Secular Student Alliance at UCF.  Special thanks to Target management and employees for their continued support throughout the day – and their blood, too!

We had an amazing day and it was truly a heartwarming experience to be among members and friends who want to make a difference for the victims and families of last weekend’s tragedy at Pulse Orlando. Thank you, everyone!


Post: 6/16/16

The secular community stands united with Orlando and with our LGBTQ+ members and friends, the Muslim community, and others impacted by the tragedy last weekend.

Please come out to Target in Oviedo this Saturday to support our blood drive.  We need volunteers and of course, blood donors.

GET INVOLVED: Please contact us at BEOrlando@live.com to volunteer or to donate drinks and snacks to support the individuals waiting to donate.

target_rainbow_logoThank you to Target for their partnership and compassion.  Their open commitment to inclusion of, and respect for, the LGBTQ+ community continues to inspire.

pulseThank you to everyone who has donated blood and supported blood drives around the region.  Your involvement makes a difference and shows that our community is connected, strong, and can stand together when needed.


RSVP and Details on Facebook

Contact us to volunteer or donate items

A Humanist Response to the Orlando Tragedy

World Blood Donor Day: Blood Connects Us All


Central Florida Earth Day 2016!

UPDATE: What a wonderful day at Central Florida Earth Day!  Thank you to everyone who came by and generated great conversations about volunteerism, philanthropy, and Humanism.  Click here for our photos!  Looking forward to seeing you again at the Central Florida Veg Fest at Festival Park on October 22, 2016!


Next Saturday, April 23rd, more than 200 Earth-friendly vendors with unique services, products, foods, crafts, and more – as well as speakers, demonstrations, Kids Zone, acoustic stage, and the famous Animal Haven section with local rescue agencies –  will gather at Lake Eola. We are honored to be part of it once again.

As Humanists, we celebrate our connection and responsibility to the Earth and are grateful to be among others at this annual festival who share our commitment to making a positive impact in the world.  The nicest, awesomest people attend this event – you should be there, too!

dripAnd don’t forget to join us on the Big Red Bus and donate blood – share your power, saving lives to honor your connectedness to others.  Giving blood is one of the greatest random acts of kindness you can perform.  When you give blood, your gift connects you to several people; one pint of blood can impact three different people. Give someone another sunrise, another hug, another chance. There is a critical shortage of blood, and the only source is YOU. The Bus will be located on Washington Street at the heart of the festival, and our tents will be nearby in the vendor area.

We look forward to meeting you there – please come by our vendor tent and say hello. We will be sharing space in three joined tents with the Central Florida Freethought Community, Generation Atheist Orlando, and the Orlando chapter of Hispanic American Freethinkers.

Central Florida Earth Day is hosted by Vegetarians of Central Florida.





April Events


The month of April is going to BE. amazing!!  Visit our calendar site on Meetup to join us for the events below and more.

First, join us in the Call to Action: #StandWithPP by checking out the infoshare post about the current legislative issue in Florida regarding women’s reproductive rights and how you can make a difference. More: https://beorlando.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/standwithpp/

April 2016:

  • April 1 – just kidding.  No event on this date.
  • April 2PSA: World Autism Awareness Day – We join the United Nations in raising awareness about Autism and we will Light It Up Blue with Orlando – wear your blue!
  • April 2Manual Cruise to Rio de Ais – invest a morning on a leisurely kayak exploration of an area of the Indian River Lagoon and guided tour of some of the Oyster Reef Restoration implantation sites.
  • April 2 – Arbor Day VII – Annual spring party for the local secular and Humanist community.
  • April 4Square Root Day – Yuca try, but I yam sure you can’t beet it!
  • April 10 – 16National Volunteer Week – spearheaded by the Points of Light foundation, this week is about inspiring and recognizing service, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to make a difference in their communities.
  • April 13Taco Mania – we’re making a taco bar for the women and children at SafeHouse for our monthly domestic violence shelter dinner
  • April 16Aids Walk Orlando – the second largest annual fundraiser for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.
  • April 20Event Volunteers needed for Adult Literacy League Fundraiser, Reading Between the Wines
  • April 21Symphony Under the Stars – Annual social gathering of BE. members to enjoy a free outdoor concert hosted by the UCF Symphony Orchestra.
  • April 23Central Florida Earth Day – Come by our vendor tent and say hello!  We will be hosting the festival’s blood drive.  Our tent will be part of the secular and Humanist community area – we look forward to seeing you there!
  • April 25PSA – DNA Day
  • April 28PSA – Pay it Forward Day – in 2015, people from 75 countries participated and there were 42 states and 48 cities that enacted Proclamations.  Join the world in an Acts of Kindness initiative that inspires people to do good – and lead by example!

Looking forward – May 1st begins our STEM & Stuff Summer Reading Book Drive to support the Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Action and other summer literacy initiatives to combat summer reading loss in our community.


We hope to see you at an event soon!



Kick off more Kindness


Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14th – 20th)
Random Acts of Kindness Week ends tomorrow – but the Kindness does not.  You can make Intentional Acts of Kindness part of your daily routine. Help spread the kindness message and post your experiences from RAK Week, ideas, and efforts on social media, using #RAKWeek, #Kindness, and #Humanism

If you’re looking for opportunities to make a difference, consider joining BE for some of our upcoming events.  Click on the “RSVP Here” links below to join or email BEOrlando@live.com for more information. You can also visit our Volunteer Resources page for other local organizations that provide services and support to help engage volunteers in our community.

  • Patient Escort Volunteers at Planned Parenthood (February 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00ish, Downtown)
    Help keep those visiting the clinic feeling safe and respected by serving as a patient escort volunteer.  RSVP Here
  • Be a Pi Day Adventure Leader! (3/12, 1:15 – 5:00 P.M., downtown Orlando)
    We need YOU to lead math & science activities for children at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Invest an afternoon inspiring children to love math, science, and PIE. 🙂 Volunteers bring a pie to share and can design their own Pi Day activity (contact Tee for information). Volunteers receive a certificate and an insPIre Pi Day tote bag. RSVP Here
  • Volunteer to set up a gala ballroom for an event benefiting special needs children (3/12, 8:00 a.m., Downtown)
    UCP of Central Florida asks for volunteer to help set up their Gala event, Passport to Possibilities. RSVP Here
  • Professional Development: Diversity Workshop (3/3, 5:45 – 8:00 P.M., UCF Campus)
    Join us for a free workshop exploring ways to create respectful environments for secular and religious minority individuals in our workplaces and other spheres of influence. Discussion includes understanding the faith and non-faith perspective diversity in our culture and the challenges faced by those of minority perspectives. Come early – 5:30 – 6:00, enjoy tastings by Chicken Salad Chick. Attendees receive a certificate for 2.0 hours of diversity training. RSVP Here
  • Serve dinner at a local shelter (3/9, 6:00 – 8:00, Sanford area)
    Join us as we prepare and serve a meal to residents at a local shelter. This is a monthly event; registration more than one week in advance is required. RSVP Here
  • Central Florida Earth Day (4/23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
    We’ll be hosting a vendor tent at Central Florida Earth Day as well as a blood drive.  Get on the Big Red Bus with us and stop by to say hello – we’d love to meet you.  🙂

More on our calendar at http://Meetup.com/BEOrlando


2016 Air Potato Mega-Raid


We had a fantabulous volunteer adventure on a chilly morning yesterday at the 2016 Air Potato Mega Raid!  Eight volunteers from BE. joined about 90 other members of our local community for an educational presentation hosted by SERV (that included much needed hot chocolate) and two hours of fun and meaningful service.

1The Air Potato Mega-Raid is a multi-county effort engaging hundreds of volunteers who work to remove the “potato” seeds and eradicate this harmful invasive from parks and natural areas.  The vines out-compete native vegetation and their removal is needed to restore natural habitats and processes. The Raid is hosted by the Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) which partners with county entities like Seminole County SERV to coordinate this major annual event.

We were happy to learn that the release of the air potato beetle two years ago has had a positive impact. Both larvae and adult air potato beetles (Lilioceris cheni) feed on the leaves and the potatoes, inhibiting the viability of the vine. At initial release sites, extensive damage to air potato was evident within three months; now further evidence shows that the beetle is making substantial impact.  More work is needed, however, and the Potato Raids continue to be an essential element of this ongoing battle.


What the heck is an Air Potato???

A native to tropical Asia, air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, was first introduced to the Americas from Africa. In 1905 this member of the yam family was introduced to Florida. Due to its ability to displace native species and disrupt natural processes such as fire and water flow, air potato has been listed as one of Florida’s most invasive plant species since 1993, and was placed on the Florida Noxious Weed List by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 1999.

More from the Florida Invasive Species Partnership






Veg Fest ROCKED!!


Thank you everyone for an amazing day at Veg Fest!

Make a Difference Day ROCKED!

Ambassador wolfdogs Sirius and Orion spent the afternoon giving lucky wolf-kisses to Veg Fest guests and volunteers from IHWN spent the day colouring with kids and educating people about the local sanctuary.

The blood drive was amazing, too! our blood bus was full all day and our impact was saving 63 lives!

We enjoyed being part of the Secular and Humanist tent community at veg fest – it was great to connect with many people and to spread the word about activism, service, educational, social, and other opportunities for involvement  There was a lot of positive response and many meaningful conversations.  Thank you to everyone who came by to say hello – and we hope to see you at an event soon!


Central Florida Veg Fest in two days!


We’re looking forward to Central Florida Veg Fest on Saturday!


Stop by the Secular and Humanist Community tents (vendor spots 83-87) along the fence at Livingston street.  Meet leaders and members from BE. Orlando, Black Nonbelievers of Metro Orlando, Central Florida Freethought Community, Florida Atheists Critical Thinkers and Skeptics (F.A.C.T.S), Florida Humanist Association Conference (FreeFlo), Generation Atheist, Hispanic American Freethinkers, and the UCF Secular Student Alliance.

Picture2At the Artist Heroes project tent we’ll have wolf pup ambassadors from In Harmony With Nature sanctuary and volunteers from the sanctuary to help with the project!  Stop by and meet a wolf!

Join us on the Big Red Bus for a blood drive!

Secular & Humanist Community Flyer