CFI branches could also lead service-work opportunities for their members. Freethinkers are often asked “Where are your hospitals, where are your libraries?” We’re new to organizing our communities. If we don’t have the infrastructure for doing charitable work on our own, we could do it through other nonprofit groups. This might not only energize the membership but, by being public with secularity as they help, members could educate the public about themselves.
Los Angeles did a National Day of Reason blood drive last May via Atheists United; maybe SF could have one too this year. Could the San Francisco Volunteer Center ( http://www.thevolunteercenter.net/volunteers_volsol.php ) help with cause-oriented service work in general, or specific groups like the San Francisco Food Bank ( http://www.sffoodbank.org ) help focus a team on one project? Other team work could be done through a walkathon fundraiser, which might publicize the group even more but which wouldn’t have the person-to-person interaction that direct service work offers.