BREVARD COUNTY ― Beach cleanups are regularly organized events on the Space Coast. Many organizations and groups participate in cleanups to help foster a healthier coastline.
The Humanist Community of the Space Coast (HCSC) is a group of like-minded individuals who stay active with local nonprofits and charities. Humanists follow the belief of the value and goodness that human beings possess.
"What we really try to focus on is community involvement, volunteerism, to show people we're a part of this community, we care about this community and we want to make it the best community it can be," said Keith Becher, president and co-founder of the HCSC.
According to the American Humanist Association, humanism if defined as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good".
"Whether [most people] know it or not, they probably know an atheist or they know a humanist," he said. "We could be your neighbors, your teachers, we could be your police officers - all of those things - and we're people who care about the community just as much as everybody else does and want to see the best for it."
The HCSC was founded six years ago and Mr. Becher estimates that there's currently 50-60 members.
"We're also affiliated with a group called Space Coast Free Thought Association which has a meet-up called Brevard Area Atheists and they have well over 1,000 members," he said. "A lot of our members from both groups switch back and forth."
Aside from their bi-monthly beach cleanup, the HCSC works with the Women's Center of Brevard, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Children's Home Society, Children's Hunger Project as well as working with the Interfaith Affiliations of Brevard.
Recently, the group worked with Villon Coffee Co. for a clothing drive for the Central Brevard Sharing Center.
"The Brevard Area Atheists meet-up, a lot of their stuff is a little more social and educational, where we do a little more community service and volunteer work," he said.
About a dozen volunteers, along with members of Keep Brevard Beautiful, helped to pick up discarded plastic, cigarette butts, fishing line and other forms of debris on Sunday, June 6. Some brought young family members to assist in the environmental cleanup.
This is just one of many events that the HCSC participates in to help promote and foster community service in Brevard.
"A lot of it, of course, is fighting the misnomers of atheists and humanists don't care about their communities, they don't do anything good because they lack a belief," Mr. Becher said.
For more information, visit Humanist Community of the Space Coast on Facebook or visit - https://www.meetup.com/Humanist-Community-of-the-Space-Coast/.