Ed Clint is a senior at the University of Illinois, returning to the campus after 7 years in the Air Force. He now study biopsychology and philosophy and is President to the campus atheists group, the Illini Secular Student Alliance.
The Status Quo
The virtues of cooperative work (frequently referred to as interfaith) with religious groups are widely noted and assented to in the secular community. You can improve your community service by adding many more volunteers to the effort. Better still, you can humanize yourself to people who might hold a narrow, two-dimensional stereotype of atheists (and vice-versa). Eventually, through this, you might even diminish the discord between religious and secular people at scale.
Reflections on the Leadership Conference and how it helped make the Illini Secular Student Alliance a success.