The Hestia Initiative
Named after our Goddess of the home and hearth and officially started in 2019, The Hestia Initiative is an advocacy based effort to end homelessness in our communities and surrounding areas, by helping people find resources and education, donating necessities to homeless organizations, and encouraging local governments to use their own monetary and other resources to end the problem. We believe that every human being has the inherent right to a suitable home, and that homelessness is one of the greatest injustices in our time.
Realizing the dire need in our society for children to be able to afford their basic educational needs, our temple established the program Athena's Treasury in 2019, named after our Goddess of wisdom. Our main goal is to collect school supplies during the summer and distribute them to needy children in our areas, such as pencils, pens, paper, folders, book bags and clothing. If a child is also in need of paying for their school lunches, we will work to provide them that relief as well. We believe that every child, having no choice over how they came into this world, has the right to the basic needs that will help them excel in life.
The Artemis Conservation Society
Named after our Goddess of the hunt and the wild, and founded by Chris Aldridge in 2015, the purpose of The Artemis Conservation Society is to do all within its social power to protect forests, trees, wildlife, natural lands, and animal life, both wild and domesticated. We achieve this effort in a variety of ways. Such as organizing environmental cleanups in our areas, practicing good environmentalism in private life, urging local governments to protect their forests and natural habitats, rescuing abandoned or injured animals for local shelters, and supporting no-kill shelters only while advocating for the abolition of kill shelters.