What we're about

Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), is dedicated to Volunteering and Outreach in the central Ohio area. The projects that we take on are those that help the world around us and positively affect the lives and reputations of atheists and other non-believers.

We meet on Wednesday evenings to discuss upcoming projects and a weekly topic. We want to help develop and support the local atheist/non-theist community, discuss secular viewpoints, encourage a positive atheist/non-theist culture, and provide opportunities for socializing and friendship.

COUNT is a member of the Columbus Coalition of Reason (www.ColumbusCoR.org (http://www.ColumbusCor.org/)). COUNT endorses the mission of the Secular Coalition for America (secular.org (http://secular.org/)).

COUNT operates a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.discussions (http://www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.discussions/) to promote discussions among members and visitors. The private Facebook group for the current members of the COUNT Steering Committee is at www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.SC (http://www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.SC/).

Contributions for the operation of COUNT are occasionally collected at meetings.

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COUNT Discussion Topic: New FBB Enhancements

Online event

The Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) Network has upgraded their web site and operation to streamline reporting. COUNT now has a team page at https://foundationbeyondbelief.org/fbb_teams/central-ohio-united-non-theists/ that lists our events and awards. Dave will informally present these changes so that we can discuss how it affects our operation. Those members who are helping to track and report our results can bring questions about this new process.

Atheist, agnostics, other non-theists, and atheist-friendly people are welcome to join us.

Note: COUNT operates a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.discussions (http://www.facebook.com/groups/COUNT.discussions/) to promote discussions among members and visitors.

COUNT RMH Housewarmer Volunteering (Ronald McDonald House)

Ronald McDonald House

Some trained COUNT volunteers work together once a month at RMH (http://www.rmhc-centralohio.org/volunteer.php) as Housewarmers (usually on the 1st Sunday from 1 – 5 PM). Some schedule other shifts at their convenience. You may try this out with less fuss by following a "Fast track" or go through the normal process.

Fast track

• Arrange a time to shadow a COUNT volunteer. Call Dave Nohle at[masked] (cell).

• Show up and try it out.

• Complete application, etc. later.

Normal process

• Complete an online application (http://rmhc-centralohio.org/volunteer/).

• Attend orientation in advance.

• At orientation you will complete forms agreeing to keep family/patient info private and allowing a background check and tour the facility.

• Complete one training shift. Daily shifts are: morning 9 AM - 1 PM, afternoon 1 - 5 PM and evening 5 - 9 PM.

• Schedule shifts online using the on the RMH scheduling system (http://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?FROM=32895).

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides housing and meals for families with sick children. The Columbus RMH is the largest in the world with 137 rooms. COUNT has been volunteering there since May 2014.

Housewarmers work with RMH guests to provide a home-like environment - greet, assist with family needs, answer phones, give tours, assist with checkin/checkout, prepare guest rooms after checkout, clean facility, laundry, restock supplies and staff the front desk. RMH Housewarmers volunteer at least one four-hour shift a month. All Housewarmers must complete an application and agree to a background check before they can be full fledged volunteers.

COUNT monthly event: Kitchen service at Van Buren Center's shelter

Come assist Van Buren Shelter (https://ymcacolumbus.org/locations/vanburen) staff in food preparation, serving dinners, and cleaning up on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Masks are required for all volunteers regardless of vaccination status. We will meet at the main entrance denoted with a blue mark on the map above. There is ample free parking available in the shelter's lot. The approved areas to park are in yellow in the photo above. Please do not park in the areas outlined in red as your vehicle may get towed. The shelter needs a list of volunteer names the day before the event. If your first and last name are not in your username, you can provide them by sending Andrew a message on this site, emailing, or texting him (see below). Afterwards some of us go to the Omnipresent Atheists Weekly Meetup in progress to have a bit to eat or drink (https://www.meetup.com/omnipresentatheists/).

Since we will be working around families, the YMCA does not permit volunteering by individuals with convictions for violent or sexual crimes. The YMCA reserves the right to run background checks on volunteers.

For questions, comment on this page or contact: Andrew, [masked], [masked] (cell) or Dave Nohle, [masked], [masked] (cell). Please let Andrew know if you volunteer anytime other than our COUNT events so that he can count your hours toward our service record.

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Carriage Place Donor Center [Red Cross]

NOTE: CURRENTLY YOU MUST SCHEDULE IN ADVANCE VIA CALLING OR ONLINE! To ensure physical distancing, walk in donors are not allowed during the quarantine. We are not currently going out to dinner together or even donating at the same time. Masks are required, your temperature will be taken and you are required to use hand sanitizer at the door. Donors do not sit at the same table afterward. Your donation will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and you are able to get the results a few days afterwards.

We have this event on the third Thursday every other month at the Carriage Place Red Cross and are proud that we have continued to provide this "essential service" during the pandemic.

Thank you for being a community that cares and actually does something about it. Currently, these events are not as fun as when we can socialize together, but they are more meaningful. We look forward to the end of the pandemic so that we can resume dining together after donating.

Please call 1-800-Red-Cross [masked]) or sign up at https://www.redcross.org/ to schedule your appointment. Please comment here with the date and how many units you donated and we will include you in the stats so we can raise awareness that non-theists are charitable.

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