Next Meetup

COUNT Serve Meal at Van Buren Shelter Monthly Group Project
A team of COUNT members assists Van Buren Center ( staff in serving dinners and cleaning up on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month. COUNT has 10 volunteer slots reserved for those who RSVP here (so you don't have to RSVP anywhere else). The shelter is located at 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223, near Harmon and Mound Streets. There is ample free parking available. The Van Buren shelter has a limit of 15 volunteer slots for dinner service so if the 10 COUNT volunteer slots are taken, please register at the Community Shelter Board website ( ) where you can check to see if any of the remaining slots are open. If you wish to volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays, you must register at the CSB website. (Please let Dave Nohle know if you do volunteer anytime other than 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays so that we can keep track of your hours) We may go out afterwards (probably to Hampton’s to have a bite/drink and join the Omnipresent Atheists (OA) meeting in progress - if curious, see details about OA meetings at . ***For questions contact: Andrew Whitacre,, (614) 937-5802 or Dave Nohle,, (614) 268-9558 (cell) *** More about the Community Shelter board (from ): “Community Shelter Board is a collective impact organization leading the community’s response to homelessness by creating collaborations, developing innovative solutions, and investing in quality programs in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board oversees an annual budget of $31 million to support homeless programs and services at 19 different provider organizations across the community. Last year, these programs ended homelessness for more than 12,000 people. Community Shelter Board is funded by the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, American Electric Power Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Ohio, and many other public and private investors. Melvin Schottenstein believed that it was not acceptable for any person to be homeless in the Columbus and Franklin County community, even for one night. He had a bottom line inability to accept any situation that left a man, woman or child without food or shelter. He worked closely with another local philanthropist, Nancy Jeffrey; and a local businessman, Bob Lazarus; to bring together both public and private funders to fashion a collective community response to homelessness. These three people were absolute champions around the issue of homelessness in Columbus, and were instrumental in founding the Community Shelter Board in 1986.”

Community Shelter Board

595 Van Buren Dr · Columbus

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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 ( ( COUNT endorses the mission of the Secular Coalition for America ( (

COUNT operates a Facebook page at ( to promote discussions among members and visitors. The private Facebook group for the current members of the COUNT Steering Committee is at (

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

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