Habitat For Humanity
We volunteer for the Restore, Home Building days & Preserve a Home days, working alongside faith-based groups. Doing good for goodness sake.
Sunday Assembly Los Angeles
We have provided volunteers to help this international movement take hold in Los Angeles and have an ongoing relationship with this AHA chapter.
Conejo Valley Days
We provide CVD with management and volunteer services that have benefited numerous local charities and agencies.
Hillside Conservancy, Beach Cleanup, and Trail-building
Our environmental volunteerism has helped numerous groups make our communities cleaner, more beautiful, & more conducive to a sustainable world. We only have one world, let’s take care of it.
Save the Children Foodbank
It is one thing to donate food, but we organized & rearranged their warehouse inventory to help them become more efficient in their mission.
We do regular blood drives, especially during the holidays when the need is greatest. There are numerous times dates and places available via United Blood Services, and you get rewarded with T-shirts, movies and ice cream for repeat donations!
We support libraries, sometimes referred to as our “Humanist Temple”.Faith-based groups have their book, but we value all books and free inquiry of the warehouse of knowledge from every souce. We have spent many days volunteering to support libraries and their “Friends of the Library”.
S.P.Y. Safe Place for Youth
We assisted the CLU Secular Student Alliance and the Harvard Humanist Community in packing hundreds of meals for homeless youth on the Westside of LA.
Beyond Belief Network Award
The HCoVC received the very first Beyond Belief Network “Team Award” for exceptional quality and quantity of community service volunteer activities. We also received awards from BBN for our how-to presentation. These are both secular and interfaith activities.
Humanism 101 Class
We have held monthly classes on the history and context of atheist, agnostic, and humanist leaders and movements, with in depth discussions of books on the subject. The goal is to establish an institutional memory and knowledge base that future generations can build upon. These are led by an advisor who has taken the more structured national program.
Children & Family Programs
Our group incorporates science for kids activities and several American Humanist Association Chapters have curricula for teaching humanistic ethics and values. The Ethical Culture societies have a 150 year tradition of secular values education and “Sunday School” programs that we can also draw from. Books on humanistic parenting are widely available too.
Recommended Reading, Video & Book exchange
We are in the process of putting together recommended reading for those that want to do independent study or need information on “how to”: raise ethical children, design a secular wedding or memorial ceremony, learn about secular confirmations, design a secular invocation for local city council meetings, and more. We will provide hyperlinks to worthy books, websites, DVDs and videos here in our “Resources” section.
By working alongside faith-based groups in volunteer activities we prove the concept that you can be “Good without God”
We attend targeted street fairs to raise awareness of the humanist philosophy and that there is an active group of organized non-religious people in the area.
National Day of Reason
We successfully lobbied and passed National Day of Reason Proclamations in 2014 by several city councils and the Ventura County Supervisors, as an alternative to the National Day of Prayer. This action brought attention to all county elected officials that 55% of the population in Ventura County do not support organized religion by attendance or financially. We ask that these official use reason to determine the best course of action for our government agencies as opposed to divine inspiration. This action also revealed discrimination and the degree of religiosity promoted by some elected officials.
Please see the other activities where members can share and support one another. Additionally we have either contacted government agencies (or helped our members) to inform government entities of probable church-state conflicts and provide suggested corrections.
As a Charter Chapter of the American Humanist Association, we have the backing of a national organization and the legal team with the Louis J. Appignani Foundation, to intervene in church-state separation issues. This allows us to concentrate our efforts locally on building better communities instead of fighting church-state battles by ourselves.
Light The Night Walk
This is an annual fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LSS) via Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). Our team has raised thousands of dollars for LLS from the walks in Ventura and Woodland Hills. We do not handle the money directly, it goes through FBB to LLS where it has been matched by the Todd Stiefle Foundation, thereby making your donations go even further. Many employers will also match your donation to LLS.
We have raised money on this walk and stand ready to do it again.
Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
We have previously had our Winter Solstice as a completely social event, but due to popular demand we are considering building more into this event with a Silent Auction, catered dinner, and entertainment.
We are set-up to sell or auction off donated goods, or allow you to sell your items on eBay’s Giving Works, with all or a percentage of that money going directly to HCoVC. Our nonprofit organization name on eBay is humcommvta. Click on humcommvta to see it!
Your donation to HCoVC ensures that humanism and community support, based on secular ideals, is available in Ventura County.
Contact us with your suggestions for new or different activities for our members, friends and community.