It is the time for our annual Humanists of Minnesota Food Shelf Drive. Once again we have chosen the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) of New Hope as our recipient. EFN was formed in 1976 as a non-sectarian non-profit when 12 food shelves banded together to create the Hennepin County Emergency Food Shelves. Last year EFN distributed nearly $2.5 million worth of food to people and families in need through its network of over 200 food shelves, hot meal programs and community partners. In addition, through its Lost Harvest program, literally tons of fresh food is rescued that would normally go into landfills. (Visit emergencyfoodshelf.org for more information.)
Hunger preys upon hundreds of thousands of our fellow Minnesotans and with the down-turned economy, the need has escalated for emergency food assistance especially in the metro area and suburbs.
By now, you should have received your donation reminder envelope. If you did not get an envelope or you’ve misplaced it, you can still donate. Send your check to Humanists of MN, PO Box 582997, Minneapolis, MN 55458-2997. Make a note on your check that this is for EFN network. Please be generous as possible. Thank you!
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.
The Humanist Crisis Program is directing contributions to Operation USA and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Humanists of Minnesota encourages its members and friends to contribute as you are able.
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.
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.
Here are a couple of links that we as Humanists can use to send aid to Haiti.