Change for Change involves raising contributions to give to selected
organizations. This is done monthly by
members and friends who deposit their spare change in a
jar during our meetings. It's voluntary
and outside any contributions made to the society.
deposited funds are given directly to the charity selected
for that month. The recipients are selected from member
and friend suggestions made during the year. The names of these
charities are placed "in a hat" and one name is randomly drawn
each month to receive the funds. The charity
rated by "Charity
Navigator" (charitynavigator.org) as a valid charity or be
known by a member or friend to be of high quality and service to
program was founded by the Inter-faith Council for Social Services.
It's motto is Food
from the Community, For the Community. Anyone who is hungry
can eat. The Community Kitchen offers
three hot and nutritious meals per
day, 365 days a year, free of charge
to Community House residents and
other community members. On the fourth Thursday of each month,
January through October, EHST members prepare, cook and serve an
evening meal for 100 diners. Our entire membership participates. Five
to six people cook from 4-6pm, and people serve from 6-7:15. It's
great fun and a worthy endeavor!
first Sunday of each month our members contribute food items for
distribution to IFC's food pantry. The mission of the food pantry
is a local response to hunger by working with
the community to
provide food security, adequate food supplies and support individuals and
families. Members self-shop
for grocery items on the pantry shelves to take home and prepare.
EHST committees support the work of our society.
Speakers - We present 24 Platform Speakers each year.
This entails identifying speakers that share commonalities with
mission and goals. We contact potential
speakers, ask about availability, schedule dates,
and request topic information. This information is included
in issues of Spotlight News and emailed to members and visitors
Action - This
is an outreach project, touching base with local organizations
that support ethical actions and offering our support. The committee's
mission is to work with these agencies to alleviate
social problems. We are
committed to work in our community to
correct social injustice.
Fundraising - We are funded primarily by
membership dues, and there is no set fee for membership. Our
work is entirely voluntary, but there are always administrtive
involved with running an organization. Fundraising is mandatory
to ensure the society maintains and grows.
Each year several events are planned to raise funds.
on members' creative ideas, organizational efforts, and follow
This committee focuses on action plans for
increasing membership and effectively implementing. Increasing
membership is key to a successful organization.
Outside Our Walls
addition to EHST projects and activities within our walls, members
and friends volunteer for local community
organizations in many ways.
visitation and support at Butner Federal Prison
Bridge coordinator, Chapel Hill Newcomers Club
Food collection at Cedars for IFC Food
Cornucopia House, special events
Habitat for Humanity, building homes
Leads a support group for parents of special needs children
Board Member, The North Carolina Society for
Conduct creative art therapy workshops
Women's Center, database entry
Club Nova, cothing distribution
Ronald McDonald House, greeting visitors
The ArtsCenter, ticket office
Meals on Wheels, deserts
WomenCircle, web site
Family Violence Prevention Center, office tasks
Orange County Rape Crisis Center, telephones
Family Violence Prevention Center, intake questionnaire
libraries, book repair
Annual Members Meeting
Membership elects new Board members and approves the new budget.
Our President reports new business and other issues to the society
February, Darwin Day
We celebrate the work of Charles Darwin with a Platform Speaker
presenting issues related to Darwin’s work or a contemporary
topic related to evolution.
May, Founder’s Day
Commemoration of our society’s founding. We honor those who
started the society, review its history, and pay our respects to
those who make it function today.
October, Fall Membership Meeting
We review the year’s accomplishments, introduce the fall
pledge campaign, and receive feedback from membership.
November, Stone Soup Celebration
We celebrate Thanksgiving by recounting the Stone Soup story and
its ethical lessons for us. The vegetarian soup is made with
ingredients from each member, and members and friends enjoy the
soup and fellowship.
December, Winter Solstice
We honor Winter Solstice in a variety of ways but focus on how
humanists find meaning in both this ancient tradition and the
season in contemporary society.
are always welcome to attend these events.