Columbus CoR has been tracking selected charitable activities from some of our groups to highlight examples of charity done by non-theists because many people seem to be unaware of it. Note that Columbus CoR groups accomplish far more than is mentioned here; some groups discuss charitable activities on their web sites while some are involved with Foundation Beyond Belief (which documents such things on their web site).
Adopt A Highway
The Department of Transportation arranges highway cleanup using the Adopt A Highway program. Various area secular groups have participated over the years. Most recently, Mid Ohio Atheists and The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (with Central Ohio United Non-Theists) have each been holding cleanup events to maintain sections of highway (which sport signs indicating their sponsorship).
Community Shelter Board/Van Buren Dr Homeless Shelter
The Van Buren Drive homeless shelter in Columbus is run by the Community Shelter Board, the YMCA and other agencies and supports over 300 of Central Ohio’s homeless men, women, and children. Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) is serving meals there monthly and invites any interested Columbus CoR member groups to participate. Humanist Community of Central Ohio has jointly participated in several events and Omnipresent Atheists welcomes shelter workers at their meetings after each Tuesday night volunteer event. 53 participants from Columbus CoR groups have worked a total of 348.5 hours at 18 events held January, 2015 through May, 2016.
Harmony House provides shelter to homeless families in the Mansfield area. Mid Ohio Atheists collects donations routinely at their meetings and makes a special push at their annual picnic.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The annual Light The Night walk benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Humanist Community of Central Ohio worked with Foundation Beyond Belief to raise money for the 2012 walk. In 2013, this effort was expanded to include other Columbus CoR groups and $3207.46 was raised.
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides food to hungry Central Ohio families. Area secular groups collected food and raised money by holding a benefit in 2012 which is now an annual event. $1,884.04 was raised in 2012, $2,089.52 in 2013, $2,618.21 in 2014 and $2,385.01 in 2015. 125 lbs of food donations and $25 cash/gift certificates were collected at a 2014 COUNT Bowling Night. Columbus CoR groups have collected a total of 1,302 lbs of food and $9,001.78 for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 2012 - 2015.
The Humanist Community of Central Ohio regularly holds Bleed-N-Feed events to encourage blood donation at the Red Cross. Donation is often followed by a social event at a local pub/restaurant. Former Coordinator Lyz Liddell estimates that 175-200 units were donated as part of this effort from late 2009/early 2010 to Spring 2015.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Columbus provides a place to stay for families with children being treated at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, OSU Wexner Medical Center and other Franklin county hospitals. It is the largest RMH in the world and is funded and operated entirely by the local community. The Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) collected science books on Darwin Day (2013) and donated them to RMH. Members of Columbus CoR groups volunteer via COUNT to serve as Housewarmers, restocking "hotel" rooms and otherwise assisting guests. Twelve volunteers worked a total of 681.3 hours from May, 2013 through April, 2016.