Atheist Group Gives Out $98,000 for Earthquake and Hurricane Relief Efforts

How are atheists helping out in the wake of all the natural disasters we’ve seen over the past few weeks? We already knew how people were pitching in after Hurricane Harvey, but that was about a half-dozen disasters ago.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation was one of many groups helping out, donating $10,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

And now FFRF and its members have kicked it up another notch. They just announced that they’re donating an additional $98,000 for recovery efforts.

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To aid people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Nonbelief Relief has designated:

  • $10,000 for ConPRmetidos, a Puerto Rican secular charity. (This donation will be wired or sent as soon as power resumes.)
  • $10,000 for UNICEF, which is on the ground across the Caribbean and Florida to support children affected by the devastating hurricanes.
  • $10,000 divided into four local or statewide Florida charities: Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade; Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida; Neighborhood Health Clinic (Naples, Fla.) and Boca Helping Hands. All work in the most heavily affected areas of Florida and are highly rated by Charity Navigator.
  • $5,000 designated for hurricane relief to Remote Area Medical Corps, which is receiving an additional $5,000 unrestricted designation for its work providing medical clinics in the United States to the underserved, largely peopled by volunteers.

To aid recovery and victims after the earthquake this week in Mexico in the name of nonbelief, Nonbelief Relief is giving $5,000 to Direct Relief, Inc.

In other grants this week, Nonbelief Relief gave:

  • $10,000 to Population Services International, endorsed by ethicist and well-known atheist Peter Singer’s group, The Life You Can Save. That gift is a response to President Trump’s expanded global gag order. Population Services’ main purpose is to provide contraceptive choices internationally.
  • $30,000 to World Food Program USA, for top spots currently requiring famine relief, which include Nigeria, Sudan and Yemen, and whose lives and food supply is cut off or imperiled by Boko Haram and other religious militants.
  • $3,000 to Atheists Fight Hunger, an adjunct of PAStAHCon, the upcoming annual October conference of PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference.
  • $10,000 is being held in reserve to re-up a project with Foundation Beyond Belief for a campaign to help women accused of witchcraft in Africa.

Wow. I realize some Christians may look at these numbers and say it pales in comparison to what some faith-based groups have raised. That’s accurate. There are also far more Christians, far more churches, and far more tithe-givers in the country. Whatever their motives, I’m glad religious people are giving money to these efforts.

But don’t let it be said that atheists aren’t chipping in either. The groups with the infrastructure to make this sort of large-scale fundraising happen are doing just that. There’s no threat of hellfire. No guilt trip. No promise of any eternal rewards. These are just good people donating because they have the ability to do so and want to help out.

And, of course, there are other atheist groups raising funds and plenty of individual godless people giving on their own.

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