Letter from the President

Dear HNCFL Member/Supporter,
The purpose of this communication is to update you and thank you for your support.  Since its founding, the Humanists of North Central Florida has worked diligently to demonstrate that our focus is on doing good for goodness sake. Thanks to your generosity our ability to do good works has increased over recent years. Operating requirements are minimal. Member dues cover the cost of the website, domain name, postage, bank checks, hosting meals and honorariums for speakers.  All monies over the operational costs are available for “doing good for goodness sake”.  The HNCFL identifies projects for financial support through community involvement and your suggestions.
It is rewarding to know there are members who value the work of the HNCFL enough to provide monthly and/or intermittent financial support.  This and the support of members for specific projects makes our work possible.  Thank you!
The following is a partial list of some of the ways your donations/support made it possible for the HNCFL to do good for goodness sake:
$2,000 to help residents of Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria, $500 to Equality Florida, $500 TEDx sponsor (to be repeated this year), we provided the children in the homeless shelter shoes and socks in preparation for the 2018-19 school year, collected furniture and household items for roommates who after being homeless for years were moving into an apartment, collected pillboxes for FreeDom Mental Health clinic, and in cooperation with Marion County Movement contributed $200 of the $500 cost for the purchase of linens for the Ocala Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Center, $200 donated to purchase books for children in refugee camp, $100 to become supporter of Friends of Freedom Library.  Products and money were collected for the Humane Society.  RAMAL again provided summer enrichment camp to children in west Ocala most of whom participate in the Boys & Girls Club.  The support of the HNCFL made it possible for this camp, which provides certified math and reading teachers, to serve children for the 2nd year.  In addition to the summer camp, HNCFL members have supported/provided scholarships to students identified by RAMAL as deserving.  Lives were touched because you care.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 It is frustrating to some among us that we are not more aggressive in our actions; it is frustrating to others that we value and support organizations like the American Humanist Association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and the Central Florida Freethought Community among others who are on the front lines doing the important work our small group cannot.  Humanists and others who chose to reject mythical thinking and traditional religious dogma are being marginalized and rights jeopardized.  It is important that we support those organizations who are willing to be at the forefront of this fight….and it is a fight.  It is a fight politically, socially &/or legally, and I trust you agree this work is necessary.  Almost all of these organizations are member organizations who need your financial support and who use the majority of their funds for action instead of salaries.
I speak for the Board when I say, we appreciate each of you.  We thank you for your continued support showing you value the HNCFL and the work we do on your behalf.
The purpose of the Humanists of North Central Florida is to promote Humanism, a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.