Secular Week of Action provides an opportunity for all Americans to participate in civic life through volunteerism, and is a meaningful alternative to the National Day of Prayer — a day set aside in federal law for “people of faith to pray for the nation.” People from all walks of life throughout the United States believe deeply in the value of service and volunteerism, making Secular Week of Action an inclusive opportunity for all of us to work together for the common good — including the millions of Americans whose personal practice does not include prayer. Secular organizations, faith groups, and individuals can all participate.
There are many ways to participate, both as a group and individually. Check out all the resources on their website or find a registered group you can participate with locally! This is a wonderful opportunity to put our values into action and support those most hurt by the pandemic or those suffering from existing poor economic issues.
Keep in Mind:
- Have a brainstorming session to decide what makes the most sense for your group.
- Choose one person to organize, but make sure to delegate tasks. Know who the backup is for top organizers.
- Keep up with the latest info from your local public health department.
- Communicate timely and accurate information from credible sources. Help counter stigma and discrimination.
- Consider partnering with other local groups.
- If you are collecting money to support community members, make sure multiple people are involved and record when and where money is spent or distributed.
- Remember that you don’t need dozens of people for a successful event