Fall Food Drive 2014
It is time for our annual Humanists of Minnesota Food Shelf Drive. Once again we have chosen the Food Group of New Hope as our recipient. (The Food Group is the new name of our long time partner, the Emergency Foodshelf Network--EFN.) It is a non-sectarian non-profit and has been serving those in need for over 35 years in Minnesota. Last year the Food Group distributed over $9.5 million worth of food to people and families in need through its network of over 200 hunger relief partners, providing free food, access to bulk food purchasing and formalized food drive programs. In addition, through its Lost Harvest program, literally tons of fresh food is rescued that would normally go into landfills. (Visit the Food Group on-line for more information.)
Hunger preys upon hundreds of thousands of our fellow Minnesotans and with the current economy, the need for emergency food assistance is as strong as ever, especially in our metro area and suburbs.
By now, members should have received a donation reminder envelope. If you did not get an envelope or misplaced it and you would still like to contribute, please contribute on-line on the Humanists of MN website. Or you may send a check to Humanists of MN, PO Box 582997, Minneapolis, MN 55458-2997. Make a note on your check that this is for the Food Group network. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you!
NAMI Fundraising Walk for Mental Health
Help raise money for the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Join the Humanists of MN team for the NAMI Fundraising Walk on September 27th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.
Please register by September 20th by clicking on this link. Registration through NAMI helps them plan for the event and brings recognition to our Humanists of MN team and involvement. Or, if you aren't able to walk, please make a donation to one of our walkers as you are able on this webpage.--http://namiwalks.nami.org/humanistsofmn
This annual 5k walk is to promote awareness of mental illness and support NAMI's education and advocacy work. When you register be sure to select Humanists of Minnesota as your team. If you can't walk but want to support the effort, you can donate to one of our team members to reach our goal of $1000 for NAMI.
Check-in begins at 11:30am with the actual walk commencing at 1pm. Meet fellow Humanists at the band shell and speakers stage between noon and 1pm. Before the Walk begins speakers, music and activities will educate, inspire and entertain the thousands of participants.
As an advocacy organization, NAMI commits to:
• Treat every person who contacts NAMI Minnesota with dignity, empathy and respect, recognizing that he or she is a person first, not a diagnosis
• Recognize the biological nature of mental illnesses and work to dispel stigma
• Provide accurate information, tools, guidance and hope so that people can advocate for themselves and their families
Oklahoma Tornado Relief, May 2013
Monetary contributions to aid organizations already in the area are the best way to help in the aftermath of this tragedy in Moore, OK. The Humanist Crisis Response program of Foundation Beyond Belief serves as a focal point for the humanist response to major humanitarian crises. Its purpose is twofold: to bring resources to those in desperate need, and to raise awareness of that need in the humanist community and beyond.
Earth Day of Action: Rally and Lobby for Clean Energy and Jobs
Answer Gov. Dayton's call to build a sustainable energy future for our state. Join a coalition of environmental groups on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 as people from across MN come together at the state capitol to support clean energy and good jobs!
People will gather in the Rotunda at 2:45pm for the Rally. Look for the "Humanists of Minnesota" sign if you want to connect with me and fellow humanists.
For those who have the time and interest to meet with your legislators, join the lobbying effort. Registration begins at 9:30am at Christ Lutheran Church, 104 University Ave. West--just kitty-corner from the capitol. After some orientation to the day's lobbying efforts, people will meet with their respective legislators in constituent delegations.
Freedom to Marry Day Rally
Come stand with fellow humanists and raise our banner (literally and figuratively) in support of the LGBT community. Organized by Minnesotans United, this rally will bring together proponents of same-sex marriage to advocate for changing the marriage law in Minnesota that now prohibits such unions. The Freedom to Marry Day Rally is intended as a key first step in meeting that goal in 2013!
Last fall, Humanists of MN voiced our opposition to the marriage amendment which, if passed, would have made this legislative initiative impossible. Now is the time once again to join with people of good will throughout the state to help spread our humanist values and press our legislators to do the right thing. Many different groups will be there including those from the faith community. Humanists should also be out in force.
Aid to Haiti
Here are a couple of links that we as Humanists can use to send aid to Haiti.