Thanks all who made it out to the Food Bank volunteer event! The attendance was fantastic and we really did some good work. These volunteer events are a good way to give back and something we will do again.
-Mark (executive board member)
A big thank you to our board member Mark T, for organizing our volunteer night at the food bank, and to all of you that came to help out. A two hour volunteer shift was easy and there is something for everyone, regardless of ability, to help with. Age limit for volunteering on your own is 14 years old, but one to one adult/kid ratio is allowed for kids 10 and over, so this makes it a great opportunity for family groups to get involved.
After our volunteer shift was over there was some chatter about doing this every 2 months or so as a group, so if you are interested watch for another event in the near future. In the meanwhile, you can also sign up to volunteer whenever you’d like by visiting their volunteer page.
It’s back to school time and we cleared out all my kids closets to find a few bags worth of clothes they have outgrown. I’m offering to collect that old shirt that you have meaning to donate or that pair of jeans that don’t fit anymore and you want to give away on Sunday night at our Coffee Night event. Coffee Night is usually the 2nd Sunday of the month, at the Second Cup at Oliver Square from 7pm – 9pmish (sometimes 10pm). Come when you can, you don’t have to be there right at 7pm.
Where will you be donating the clothing?
I’ll be taking our donations to Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Edmonton
So, why Big Sisters/Big Brothers?
This non-profit has always been a favourite of mine, their mentoring program really can change the lives of the youth involved. At 16 years old I called to volunteer, to be told I had to wait until I was older. Literally, on my 18th birthday, I called back and went through all their mentor training, and was matched up with a lovely young girl who shared interests in singing and acting with me. We were matched up for 7 years until she finally became too old to be a ”little” anymore. To this day we are still friends and in 2010 I attended her wedding!
Does it have to be kids clothes?
Nope, I believe they use what they require for lower-income families in their own organization, but the rest is sold to thrift stores at a set price per weight, so all sizes of clothing are fine. You can even donate items in good condition like shoes, drapes, linen, toys, books and games!
Tonight we have our regular round table event, and the room has just been confirmed as room 1-125.
We’ll be taking a special donation towards the kickstarter for Not My Father’s Child, which only has a few days left of fundraising. If you can’t make it to our event, feel free to click the link and donate.
See you tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm!
Ibrahim is an atheist blogger and activist in Bangladesh who has received repeated death threats because wrote about atheism, LGBTQ freedoms & Islamization. He not only expressed his beliefs, but stands up courageously to uphold the principle of basic human rights. The penalty for doing so is death, often carried out by vigilante groups; the violence generally condoned by local governments.
Talking and writing about a humanist way of living is not tolerated in many parts of the world. Many of Ibrahim’s friends have been murdered by AL-Queda in Bangladesh, others have fled to escape brutal murder; he is one of those seeking safety for his family.
Last night we had the pleasure of hearing Gail Miller, one of the directors of the Critical Thinking Project, speak to us about the project and what it’s goals are.
The focus is on developing nations, education quality and giving tools to deal with dogma, witchcraft and violence. The underlying foundation is one of fairness and tolerance, using critical thinking skills to become less discriminatory. Dr. Christopher DiCarlo started this as a sample program for high school students in Ontario and is now taking the project to developing nations.
At the AGM this year we, as a group, voted to collect items towards holiday hampers through the Junior Chamber Edmonton group. We have recently been able to officially register for this program, so now we need to start collecting the dry goods at SEA events and all the way through until mid-December. The following list will allow us to complete 2 Extra Large hampers (for 9 people each). We will also require some cash donations towards the fresh items that can only be bought the week prior. So if you can’t get out to go shopping just donate a few bucks to the cause. You can do this in person at events via a board member or you can do this on the membership page using the donate button (leave us a note on your donation so we know you want it to be allocated towards the hamper program)
This post will be updated as items are donated, so you know what we still need. You can always comment about what items you are going to donate as well so that others don’t duplicate. If we do end up with any duplications, we will take those to the food bank. **Please ensure the items will be in date into 2017
We’ll need cash donations for the fresh items, that we will pick up the week of delivery. These items include: 2 x (Cryovac) Ham, 2 x 15lbs Potatoes, 8 x Root Vegetables (Sweet Potato, Yams, Turnip), 48 Mandarin/Festive Oranges, 2 boxes of Christmas Pastry or Desserts, 2 x 750g Christmas chocolates, 2 x 454g tub of Margarine/Butter, 6 loaves of bread, 4 x package of bread rolls
If we have enough cash donations we will also get each of the family members a small personal gift (like toys for the kids, pampering sets for the adults, gift cards for teenagers)
Thanks for helping!! Click ”READ MORE” for the shopping list
If you don’t drive, but have items you want to donate, please email Karen, our current SEA president, and she’ll arrange to pick them up. Email Karen at email@example.com
Items that the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services are asking for are as follows:
– baby wipes
– feminine hygiene products
– NEW towels
– NEW Underwear and socks
– NEW pillows
– toothbrushes and toothpaste
While not listed, unopened cat and dog food have been mentioned online as items they would accept, so if you want you can also donate those.
We took cash donations during the Aron Ra event on Tuesday evening and have donated $300 to the Red Cross on behalf of the Society of Edmonton Atheists.
From Global Edmonton, November 15th:
“EDMONTON — A diner in Old Strathcona that provides a hot Christmas meal to those in need every year is in desperate need of help after losing its main sponsor for the annual dinner.
B’s Diner, located at 100 Street and 82 Avenue, is hosting its 13th annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 for those who may not otherwise have a turkey dinner this holiday season. The diner feeds an average of 300 people at the annual event.
“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger every year,” said Adelle Toms, sous chef at B’s Diner. “With the economic times right now I’m pretty sure it’s probably going to be closer to 500 people this year.”
“It’s all you can eat. It’s a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert,” said Brenda Der, owner of B’s Diner.
But due to an unforeseen family emergency, the person who regularly sponsors the meal won’t be able to do so this year. The diner usually prepares 18 large turkeys and 12 hams at the dinner, and so far they only have one turkey.
“We’re always in need of turkeys, hams, desserts, non-perishable items like cranberry sauce,” she said. “Then perishable things to make the stuffing, so we need vegetables. We need butter for the rolls, things like that.”
Der hopes the community can rally together to help them out so they can go ahead with the dinner.
“I’ve always been a strong person and I do believe if you continue to do good in this world that something will come back,” she said. “No human deserves to go hungry.”
“You get people from every walk of life that just need that little help, you know, just a little bit of support; a little bit of food,” added Toms.
“The least we can do once a year is feed them.”
B’s Diner also hopes to go beyond its annual Christmas dinner this year. If they get enough donations, staff will also prepare additional meals and deliver them to less fortunate families in Edmonton.
Donations can be dropped off at the diner. For more information on how you can help, visit B’s Diner’s Facebook Page.”
We will be collecting cash donations for B’s Diner at Brunch on the 29th and the round table on the 1st. This collection will be separate from the toonie tin collection. Anything you can pitch in with will help but I’d suggest five bucks.
Highway cleanup is this weekend Saturday and Sunday morning, unless it rains, then we will postpone. We meet at 9am and go for a few hours, please make sure you dress for the weather and we would advise AGAINST sandals or shorts/capri pants as the grass gets pretty long and dirty. Please also be advised that Alberta Transport requires volunteers for the highway cleanup to be at least 9 years of age.
Our section of the QE II is the east side of the road, just north of Highway 625.
South end of the Sparrow Drive Service Road in Nisku at the cul-de-sac just south of the Blackjacks Roadhouse.
GPS: 53.338802,-113.544435 http://goo.gl/maps/Rdxuh
SEA will supply:
Safety vests (but please bring one if you have one)
Volunteers should bring:
Ski pole, or stick with nail on end to pick up garbage
Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses – be prepared for the weather
Work gloves (latex gloves are not suitable)