What is The Week of Action
The Secular Week of Action exists to mobilize secular people to make positive changes in our communities. Local secular organizations across the diverse nontheistic spectrum — atheists, agnostics, Ex-Muslims, freethinkers, humanists, skeptics, and many more who make up the one-in-four Americans unaffiliated with religion — work together to demonstrate our shared commitment to making this world, here and now, a better place. During this inspiring week, participating organizations buckle down and do the work that matters, taking social, political, and charitable actions that make a difference.
Why a Week of Action?
The National Day of Prayer — a day set aside in federal law for “people of faith to pray for the nation” — takes place on the first Thursday in May. Rather than observing a day of thoughts and prayers, the secular community focuses its efforts on a full week of action and inclusion. Secular groups all over the country organize service projects and educational events, with this year’s emphasis being a compassionate response to COVID-19, and creating virtual service opportunities.
Give back and serve
Run a Virtual 5k
Team up with friends, family, coworkers, or community and get moving to support people facing food insecurity. See Foundation Beyond Belief's Virtual 5k Guide.
Create a Mutual Aid Group
Start a neighborhood/organizational mutual aid shared Google Doc, social media group page, or Google Form for people to share their needs and how they can help.
Donate to a Local Food Bank
Donations are down and need is up. Search for a Feed America food bank in your area.
Donate to Local Homeless Shelters
Shelters are not closing during this crisis. Many are asking for essentials like toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer.
Blood drives across the country have been canceled and the blood supply is low.
Deliver Meals for Vulnerable Neighbors
Donate to or volunteer with Meals on Wheels America. (Volunteers are no longer entering homes and are delivering more shelf-stable or frozen meals to allow for a less frequent delivery schedule).
Organize an Online Fundraiser
Many of our usual fundraising events are not possible while we practice social distancing. Check out our COVID-19 Service Guide for ways to fundraise without gathering in groups.
Citizen science, humanities, and service projects you can do from home. Click to learn more!
Help spread the word
Share the Week of Action Website
Help raise the visibility of the secular community and the work we are all doing to make positive change.
Whether you’re participating in a virtual group activity or as an individual, find creative ways to photograph your servicework and share online to inspire others
Live stream on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or other platforms. Are you working on a creative project? Interact with your audience while you work. Take suggestions from viewers as you go, or auction off creative choices! Make sure to talk about your activity regularly in advance so people know to tune in.
Network with other groups
Like, follow, and share the posts of other volunteer groups across the country to support one another’s work!
Use the hashtags #SecularAction and #WeekOfAction