As you probably know, the SHL regularly collects voluntary donations from members and gives the total amount of money collected to four (usually local) charities each year. This "Charity of the Quarter" (COQ) program both allows us to work together to achieve some good in the world and allows us to publicly demonstrate our humanist values. The COQ for the first quarter of 2017 is something a bit different. And we are asking you not only to be more generous with your monetary donations, but also to consider providing other sorts of assistance!
Refugee families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be arriving in the Charleston area soon (possibly as early as this month), thanks to the efforts of the Lutheran Services Carolinas. Although our COQs tend to be entirely non-religious, this time we will be partnering with the Lutheran Services. SHL is just one of many organizations that will be working on the important but daunting task of providing those refugees with all that they will need to become independent.
The easiest way you can help is by donating money to our COQ collections. Upon arrival, the refugees will need toiletries and first aid kits, and SHL will be using your donations to purchase the items that we will be purchasing and giving directly to these families. In addition, we are told that the families will be in need of winter clothing and blankets (new or "gently used"), and SHL will be collecting those items at any of our upcoming events.
But, we are hoping to do more than just donate. The refugees will be in need of training, jobs, and housing. If you have time, knowledge, skills, or other resources that could be helpful, please consider volunteering those. In addition, if you'd like to go through the short orientation session that would allow you to work with the refugees, let us know and we'll put you in touch with Lloyd White of Lutheran Services Carolinas so that you can set up an appointment. In any case, if you are interested in providing any sort of assistance (or if you have any questions), write to us at email@example.com.
A notable day in the history of the SHL was December 18, 2006 when beloved member Bill Upshur bid $20,000 for a book at the annual potluck/book auction. (It was a copy of The God Delusion.) It was Bill's way of dramatically making a donation to our organization. On December 19, 2016, ten days and one day later, Herb Silverman reproduced that event by bidding $15,000 for a book at this year's auction. Thank you, Herb!
On December 16, 2016 the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act became the first law that includes the term non-theist. . This legislation supports freedom of thought and religion and protects both theistic and nontheistic beliefs as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion.
Check out Herb Silverman's latest letter to the editor in the Post & Courier which says things like "Indoctrinating public school students to salute a flag and mindlessly regurgitate a daily pledge is not patriotic, unless patriotism just means obediently following orders of those in power. And criminalizing flag burning, however unpatriotic most Americans consider it to be, is an unconstitutional attack on our cherished freedom of speech."
Amazon Associates Program
Because we are affiated with the Amazon Associates program, our organization earns up to a 15% commission on any items purchased at Amazon.com through the links on our Website. So, if you were going to be buying anything at all from them, this is a super-easy way to contribute to SHL! Here are two ways you can do it:
Click here for more information about the Book Group or click here to see a list of previous book group selections. (BTW If you purchase a book through this Amazon.com link, SHL will receive up to a 15% "kickback"!)
Use this "search box" to find any item in the Amazon.com catalog and SHL earns money if you buy it: