Online Community Building
Since the beginning of our organization we have leveraged the power of social media to connect secular individuals and promote the ideals of humanism. We focus our efforts through Meetup and Facebook. This is a crucial part of our role since there are still many people who feel they need a safe place to network with like-minded people without making those connections public or attending public meetings. We recently also launched a membership platform that allows us to offer unique benefits for our paying members.
Online member growth over time
Science In Schools
Our Science in Schools program raises money to donate new science equipment to one middle school in Linn County each year. Teachers select equipment which will create an exciting exploratory learning environment that facilitates development of critical thinking skills.
In 2018, we donated $1,000 to Wilson Middle School toward their efforts to increase students understanding of computer science. Our financial support provided for the purchase of robotic equipment used in STEM teaching and the development of coding skills in students.
Social Justice Advocacy
Humanists of Linn County organized the second Reason On The Hill Day at the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines this last year. Representatives from Tri-State Humanists and Humanist Society of Iowa also participated with HLC in providing information on humanism and our promotion of reason, compassion, and critical thinking in making policy decisions. The first ever secular invocation in the Iowa Senate was conducted by a member of HLC.
Humanists of Linn County also participated in CR Pridefest 2018 with a booth and information on humanism and our organization. It was a highly successful day with many Pridefest attendees stopping by to learn more about our group and how they can become involved.
Volunteer and Partner Relations
We formed a partnership with Willis Dady Homeless Services and our first event was a pillow drive which provided 60 comfy pillows to residents of the shelter. The need for meals, however, soon emerged as a priority, both at the main location and the overflow location open during colder months. Between February and August we served an estimated 200 dinners (providing entrées, sides, desserts, beverages, plates, utensils, etc) between both locations, learning much along the way about coordinating preparation and delivery of foods among busy members. As we are able, we will expand our volunteer activities both with Willis Dady and other Linn County secular groups or services.
We also take part in the Adopt-a-Highway program each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to show our commitment to the environment and our local community.