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What do Scientologists do for society?
Since the founding of the first Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in the improvement of their communities and society.
The Scientology Church has received thousands of awards and commendations for its work in communities all over the world. Many of these awards have come from city and county authorities; others from individuals and groups who appreciated a helping hand. Awards are always valued, but they are incidental to the intention and the deed they symbolize. Scientologists help because as they grow spiritually as individuals, it is natural to expand their responsibility and turn outward to help others.
Church members are active in anti-drug educational campaigns and have given drug abuse education lectures to hundreds of thousands of people in countries throughout the world. Scientologists in Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Italy and the United Kingdom also successfully lead popular “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” campaigns.
Top athletes, including Philips, Italy’s most famous volleyball team, and the legendary Spanish soccer team Real Madrid, have given their support to this campaign by signing the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” Honor Roll. Scientologists in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have organized concerts, marches and other events to promote the Church’s anti-drug message and have reached hundreds of thousands.
In Denmark, the “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” association has been educating members of Parliament, city officials, police chiefs and other community leaders on the dangers of drug use—particularly the liabilities of methadone. In Germany, which also faces a methadone problem of frightening proportions, Scientologists in Hamburg published a brochure which described the destructiveness of methadone “therapy,” distributing more than 50,000 copies of it throughout the city. In Italy, Church volunteers lead regular citywide drives to round up and safely dispose of used hypodermic syringes, discarded in public parks by addicts—potentially lethal hazards.