Austin Humanists at Work is excited to participate in events and activities for Secular Week of Action, May 1-10, 2020.
As part of our efforts, we will be fundraising for nonprofits that are doing incredible work in the Austin community to serve individuals with limited means. Activities during this week will especially support Central Texas Food Bank and Foundation Beyond Belief but also highlight some of the best ways nonprofits are serving the Austin Humanists at Work mission while we are unable to fully operate due to social distancing guidelines.
April 22nd – May 10th: Makeathon benefitting Central Texas Food Bank. Make masks or other items and ask for sponsorships per item. Donate proceeds to Central Texas Food Bank.
May 1st – May 10th: Virtual 5K benefitting Foundation Beyond Belief. Solicit sponsorships for a self-paced 5K walk/run/hike any time during the Secular Week of Action, with donations benefitting Central Texas Food Bank. During this time you can donate to the Central Texas Food Bank directly — and make a note that it’s in honor of Secular Week of Giving on behalf of ATXHAW.
May 5th: A Day to Just Breath: Mental Health Awareness Day on ATXHAW Facebook
Mental health is incredibly important, now more than ever, and we want to set aside this day during the Secular Week of Action to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. Follow along on our Facebook for conversation starters and tips for preserving well-being.
May 6th, 6 – 9 p.m.: Knits and Giggles Virtual Meetup benefitting Central Texas Food Bank. We invite volunteers who knit, sews, crochet, etc. to meet virtually for socializing and creating items for a good cause.
May 7th, Facebook & website: Spotlight Austin and nonprofit organizations
We want to share more from some of the most impactful and mission-driven organizations making a difference both in the Austin community and in the realm of secular service to fellow humans. Follow along on our Facebook page and this blog for organizations worthy of support.
What Is The Week Of Action?
The Secular Week of Action exists to mobilize secular people to make positive changes in our communities. Local secular organizations across the diverse nontheistic spectrum — atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, skeptics, and many more who make up the one-in-four Americans unaffiliated with religion — work together to demonstrate our shared commitment to making this world, here and now, a better place. During this inspiring week, participating organizations buckle down and do the work that matters, taking social, political, and charitable actions that make a difference.
Why A Week Of Action?
The National Day of Prayer — a day set aside in federal law for “people of faith to pray for the nation” — takes place on the first Thursday in May. Rather than observing a day of thoughts and prayers, the secular community focuses its efforts on a full week of action and inclusion. Secular groups all over the country organize service projects and educational events, with this year’s emphasis being a compassionate response to COVID-19, and creating virtual service opportunities.
Why these two nonprofits?
Central Texas Food Bank is on the front lines meeting the needs of thousands of Austin-area residents who would otherwise go hungry. We’ve seen the lines to get food, and we know their team is working tirelessly to coordinate with other organizations that distribute food to those in need. The Central Texas Food Bank has stated the best way to help is through financial contributions.
Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, they’ve extensively supported the work of Austin Humanists at Work and many other organizations with similar no-strings-attached missions. We support them so they can support others.
Our organization will have a few events through out the week. If you are interested in running an event, please email Virginia Miller firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing everyone the best of health during this tough time. We can get through this together.