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.

Upcoming events (4+)

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 Discussion Meeting: Topic: Current Events

Online event

We may pick a specific topic and post in advance or may discuss current events and various ad hoc topics . We would love to spend time hanging out and getting to know one another.

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

Van Buren Shelter

Come assist Van Buren Shelter (https://ymcacolumbus.org/locations/vanburen) staff in serving dinners and cleaning up on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Masks are required for all volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Dinner for the women begins at 5 pm. The kitchen is near 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 (http://www.meetup.com/omnipresentatheists/).

Volunteers must be 14 or older. 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). Please let Andrew know if you volunteer anytime other than our COUNT events so that he can count your hours toward our service record.

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.

Past events (714)

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