This Giving Tuesday We Need Your Support

This past year has been a big year for Christian Nationalists in this country and here in the Toledo area.

Foundation for Life, the ironically named anti-abortion group that also includes support from the Archdiocese of Toledo, purchased the vacant lot next to the last abortion clinic in Northwest Ohio. Now members of their group can harass and mislead women without consequences.

The Center for Christian Virtue, also ironically named, a group that is anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-human just purchased a building across from the Ohio State House in Columbus for $1.25 million.

Groups like these, who completely oppose values we Humanists support, can drop tens of thousands of dollars to push their Taliban-like agenda.

Make no mistake, the world that groups like Foundation for Life want to see has already hurt many people. This isn’t just a difference of opinion. Christian Nationalists are an existential threat not only to Humanists but to anyone who believes in the Bill of Rights.

Meanwhile, we have to convince people like you to support our work and to help us build a community with reason and compassion for a better tomorrow.

It shouldn’t be this hard. We shouldn’t have to beg. The Christian Nationalists don’t have to beg. Humanists should have a community that is supporting and affirming of our values in Northwest Ohio.

We are asking you to please support SHoWLE: Make a cash donation today!

Help us build a Humanist community. One that values people and the world we live.

https://humanistswle.org/donate

Donations are tax deductible.

PS: You can help even more by becoming a member or renew your membership on our website

https://humanistswle.org/join-our-group


References:

Center for Christian Virtue, a heavy hitter in Ohio’s culture wars, buys building across from Statehouse

Foundation for Life buys parking lot across from Toledo abortion clinic

Time to Adopt-A-Family

For the third year, SHoWLE is participating in the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program through Lucas County Children’s Services. This year we have two small children, one 3 years old and one 18 months old and they have a caregiver that we would like to get a gift or two for as well. For those who want to help but don’t want to buy something you can donate cash to SHoWLE and we will use it to buy gifts and other needed items for the family. Just send us a check or money order or you can use our donate page on the website – just note that the donation is for the adopt-a-family. All donations and cash contributions should be given to us by December 10, 2021.

This is the kind of activity we would like to do year round as we get more members and some want to seriously commit to helping the community year round. While doing this during a religious holiday time is not ideal, this is manageable enough for our small group to complete. During the pandemic last holiday season we were able to gift the family we had with quite an assortment of needed items.

We hope you can help out. Any questions, please email Bev at bevzilla@yahoo.com

Helping Those Recovering From Religion

We recently hosted Charles Hill, the facilitator for the Columbus chapter of Recovering from Religion group via Zoom for our monthly meeting. Charles and friend of the group Joe Pittenger want to form a Toledo chapter of Recovering from Religion.

If you are interested please fill out the interest form below of send an email directly to Charles (charles.e.hill17@gmail.com).

(Any information collected with this form will remain confidential and used only to contact interested persons who wish to participate in a Recovering from Religion group in the Toledo area. If you would like to join the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie click HERE.)

People Need Help All Year. SHoWLE Wants To Get There

One of the things that SHoWLE does, that I would like to see do, is assist the community where we live. One project we completed for the second year was adopting a family through Lucas County Children Services for Christmas. Of course the question that get asks is why only at Christmas when families need help all year round? Why copy what other faith groups do? Those are valid questions and I’ll explain our philosophy about community projects.

Douglas Berger – President of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie

I am totally with those who complain about copying religious groups and pulling out the volunteering/donation machine only during the holiday season. I think only limiting such action to the holidays plays into the religious narrative that help is only needed during one time of the year so we feel better about not helping at other times.

The other consideration for year end donating is taxes. People who are able to deduct donations may want to wait until the end of the year to get their full return on the tax forms the next year.

Some non-profits also use the holiday season to raise awareness and donations about their cause during a time of the year when people are thinking about donating time, money, or things to those who are struggling.

The only obstacle to SHoWLE helping a family all year is we would need to have a group of members committed to helping all year. It would not be something to be thrown together at the last minute IF we have time. There will be times such an endeavor will be a grind and someone might not be “feeling it” that particular time or date. I know from past experience with the group I was part of in Columbus that even if you have five or six people saying they will help eventually it is left to one of two people to do all the work.

I won’t commit SHoWLE to a year long effort without knowing we have a solid commitment from volunteers to pull it off. I don’t want to see us commit to something and either fail to do it or do it half way. That would make us look bad in the community and might hurt future chances to work with other groups on other projects.

I just don’t think SHoWLE is big enough to sustain a year long effort to help a family at this time but we do have the capacity to participate in the limited holiday program through Lucas County although I did reduce the size of the family we helped from 3 people to two, this year, just so as not to stretch us too far.

SHoWLE will also try to help others if an emergency comes up. Last Christmas we were able to help a family that had been suddenly dropped by a company that had “adopted” them as part of their year end “giving back” to the community that many companies do on the holidays. We were able to pull together some extra resources so that family didn’t miss out because a company heartlessly changed it’s mind.

I am always open to new ideas. If someone is enthusiastic about some project and they pretty much do the leg work to get it setup and coordinate it then I am willing to try it and promote it to the rest of the group.

We’ve Adopted A Family For The Holidays

This year SHoWLE has been given a family to sponsor for the holidays through Lucas County Children’s Services. We will be helping out a 4 year old named DJ and his father Derrick.

If you would like to purchase a gift to donate just check out the needs and wants for the child and father and let Bev know what you plan to purchase so we can avoid duplication. (send her an email at bevzilla@yahoo.com)

Bev will also be hosting a wrap party at her house on Saturday December 12 at 1 PM to wrap the gifts in a socially distant and safe manner. If you can donate wrapping paper or ribbon that would be appreciated. Please contact Bev for more information on the party.