As the holiday season comes to a close and New Year's resolutions approach, many people have made the commitment to be more charitable and giving. So often this is based on faith, or belief in a higher power. But does charitable work and belief in God go hand-in-hand? There is often the perception that secular thinkers do not desire community service because they do not believe. The Secular Hub is changing that perception.
From its inception the Hub's mission was to engage in community service and charity. But with the need to establish the physical space, such a desire had to take a back seat. Now, that goal is picking up steam. A short but rapidly growing list of events has been sponsored by the Hub. These include an Arbor Day tree planting, a food drive for Food Bank of the Rockies, and setting up flood relief for Boulder. The goal is to have at least one charitable event per month. Any member of the Secular Hub can host their favorite charity, though the charity must be atheist friendly. The types of charities are also very diverse. Bead for Life, for example, sells beads made by Ugandan women in order to help these women get out of poverty, while Project C.U.R.E. ships unused medical supplies to the Developing World.
Medical supplies can become unused for any number of reasons. Instead of discarding them, Project C.U.R.E. ships the items to where they're more needed. Chauncey Williams, one of the committee members, found out about Project C.U.R.E. when he lived in Phoenix. When he moved to Denver he sought the organization out and organized a collection on behalf of the charity. He says that in the future they're considering participation in a national day of service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and to set up a food drive. For more information on Secular Hub altrism and how to contribute, go to http://www.secularhub.com/altruism/