Humanists Sponsor Spanish Book Drive for Guatemalan Youth--September 2014
Help break the cycle of poverty and support our Spanish language book drive to increase the meager school library resources in Guatemala. Humanists of MN in conjunction with Common Hope, a St. Paul based non-profit organization serving Guatemala, will be collecting children’s books throughout September. All Spanish language books for children and young adults are welcome— story picture books, easy readers, fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Some suggestions are offered below.
All books must be in new condition and must be in Spanish. Books can be found at Barnes and Noble (online and brick & mortar stores), Amazon.com, BetterWorldBooks.com, and other online retailers. Books and/or checks* can be brought to the Humanists of MN chapter meeting on Saturday, September 20th when you can also learn about the work of Common Hope. Or contact Autumn Meta at Autumn.Meta@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements for collection.
* Financial donations will be accepted in the form of a check, made payable to Humanists of Minnesota. Please put “Spanish Book Drive” on the memo line. Items will be purchased through the Family and Community Engagement program with Scholastic. Titles are limited but they offer significant price reductions.
According to the World Bank and UNESCO a high school degree can as much as double a person’s earning potential in developing countries like Guatemala. It is not just the ability to read, but a love of reading and a desire for the knowledge books bring that leaves a lasting impression on students. In the interconnected global world in which we live, the implications of their successes or failures impact all of us. Thank you for your participation!
Spanish Book Drive Suggestions
Te Quiero Cuatro Cuentos Para Compartir (Scholastic)
Frida (Jonah Winter)
For Class Work:
The University of Chicago Spanish-English Dictionary (6th Edition)
Volunteer at Tubman Center
Humanists of MN members and friends bring a monthly Friday Family Fun Night to the families in safe shelter at the Tubman Center West in Minneapolis. It is a fun way to get out and do meaningful work in the community. Following our volunteer activity, we reconvene at a neighborhood coffee shop or pub for some socializing together.
Our partnership with Tubman began in December 2013 and is an initiative of the Feminist Working Group, a special interest group within the Humanists of MN. Tubman, which is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state, is a secular non-profit dedicated to helping women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.
Currently we are committed to organize and lead Family Fun Night the second Friday of each month. With more trained volunteers, we hope to offer our services for another activity either at Tubman Center West (in south Minneapolis) or at their Tubman East location in Maplewood.
Anyone interested in getting involved in this ongoing service project must attend a one-day training session at Tubman on agency history, core services, whom and how they serve, ethics/boundaries, communication, the helping role, biases and self-care. Contact HofMN member Nancy Somers at email@example.com for more information.
Fall Highway Cleanup
Time again for our semi-annual highway cleanup: picking up trash between mile markers 38 and 39.5 on I-35W. We meet at the Holiday gas station located in the southeast corner at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Highway 23 (right turn from 35W northbound). This is the last exit on 35W going north before it joins 35E, and is about nine miles north of 35W and I-694. Trash bags and orange vests will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring along sunscreen and insect repellent if necessary.
We are usually finished by noon and invite you to join us for lunch and good conversation at a nearby restaurant. A big turnout means we finish sooner and have more time to socialize, so please consider volunteering. This is a great opportunity to show Humanists at work in the community. If you have questions, contact Juliet at (651) 319-2753 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.