Volunteering for Charity Opportunities

I just wanted to take a moment to talk about some of the volunteering opportunities Seattle Atheists offers. These are great ways to do good in the community, to show the real face of atheists/humanists/freethinkers, to educate, and to foster camaraderie among fellow non-theists. We don’t have our own building or an enormous budget (though it would be nice to have a home base), so it’s nice to have an organization to network groups of folks who want to participate in charitable efforts, but do not want to go through a religious organization. So what are some of the things we’ve been doing?

Group Blood Donations

Giving blood can actually seem a little intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before. What better way to get involved than to go with a group of friends for support? You’ll be providing a valuable, much-needed resource to the community, and also showing that atheists do, in fact, care about helping those in need. We currently have two groups who get together to donate, one in Bellevue and one in North Seattle, which alternate every month. The group always gathers for food, so there’s also an opportunity to socialize and nourish yourself before or after donating. Our next group donation will be on Thursday, November 3, at the Puget Sound Blood Center in Bellevue. See our Meetup for dates and details.

SeasonLESS Food Drive

Food banks everywhere are experiencing a sharp decrease in the amount of food available to hungry families. It’s time to make sure that giving continues, even AFTER the traditional holiday giving season. This is a year-round effort, so if you have some food to spare, please bring it to any of our events. We’ll donate the food we collect to Family Works and Volunteers of America food banks in the name of Seattle Atheists.

Holiday Gift Wrapping for Children’s Hospital

This one is just plain fun. For the past several years, Seattle Atheists volunteers have wrapped gifts at local bookstores and donated all of the money to Children’s Hospital. It’s a wonderful opportunity to talk to the public about the group, and the charity is unarguably a fantastic cause. We’ll be gift-wrapping at the Bellevue Barnes and Noble this December, so if you’d like to help out, take a look at our shift schedule and contact jami.blackann@seattleatheists.org.

Day of Caring

This year Seattle Atheists participated in the Day of Caring, which is a day of group volunteering at community projects all over King County. Our project was to help prepare supplies for the Mayors’ Day Food Drive. There were nine of us, and it was a blast. We plan to do more events like this in the future, and we need volunteers like you!

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