Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21

Boston

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.

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Soap Drive at the Annual Meeting

2016 Soap Drive, San Antonio

Our fourth annual soap drive took place at the 2016 Annual Meetings in San Antonio where 1,216 unused soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and other toiletry items were collected to be used by homeless LGBTQ+​​ individuals in need. The donations went to Thrive Youth Center (http://www.thriveyouthcenter.com), which assists LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18–25 who are experiencing homelessness, along with other homeless LGBTQ+​​ individuals who they offer services to. Thrive mentors and advocates for young adults, as well as creates individually tailored plans to help these individuals move forward. They provide a fully inclusive and zero-tolerance facility where all individuals can freely and safely express themselves as they work towards self-sufficiency and the possibility of achieving their dreams. Thrive is also starting a street outreach program and your donations will go a long way in helping put together hygiene packs.

A huge thank you to our attendees for making an effort to drop off your items to assist those in need! This year far surpassed all previous years and we hope to continue the growth of this project next year.

Donations at the 2016 Annual Meetings:

402
116
147
272
223
21
35
Bars of soap
Body wash
Body lotion
Shampoo
Conditioner
Mouthwash
Misc Items

2015 Soap Drive, Atlanta

Our third annual soap drive took place at the 2015 Annual Meetings in Atlanta where 387 unused soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and other toiletry items were collected to be used by individuals and families in need. Thank you to our attendees for making an effort to drop off your items to assist those in need! The donations went to Our House, which is a childcare and support center for homeless families. Its mission is to break the chain of homelessness by providing quality early childhood education and comprehensive support services for families who are experiencing homelessness. Your donations went to homeless families who reside in shelters or who are in the process of moving into transitional or permanent housing.

Donations at the 2015 Annual Meetings:

101
29
69
83
89
16
Bars of soap
Body wash
Body lotion
Shampoo
Conditioner
Misc Items

2014 Soap Drive, San Diego

Our second annual soap drive took place at the 2014 Annual Meetings in San Diego where 227 unused soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and other toiletry items were collected to be used by individuals and families in need. Thank you to our attendees for making an effort to drop off your items to assist those in need! The donations went to the Alpha Project, whose mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery, and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. The donations will be distributed to the men, women, and children Alpha Project serves each day who are homeless, low income, or formerly incarcerated that struggle with substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, physical disabilities, and other special needs.

Donations at the 2014 Annual Meetings:

54
18
41
55
49
1
9
Bars of soap
Body wash
Body lotion
Shampoo
Conditioner
Mouth wash
Toothpaste

2013 Soap Drive, Baltimore

Our inaugural soap drive took place at the 2013 Annual Meetings in Baltimore where 450 unused soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and other toiletry items were collected to be used by individuals and families in need. Thank you to our attendees for making the first drive a success! The donations went to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches, which provides emergency food, clothing, shelter, toiletries, and financial help for those in need. The Center primarily used the donated items in family holiday gift bags and bundles for the homeless.

Donations at the 2013 Annual Meetings:

118
 49
 95
106
 82
Bars of soap
Body wash
Body lotion
Shampoo
Conditioner