CFI branches and campus affiliates are groups of freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, secular humanists, atheists, and agnostics who come together for many reasons.
First and foremost, CFI groups offer support, educational programming, and social activities for nonreligious and skeptical people. (Religious people are welcome, too, of course.)
Second, CFI groups are part of the Center for Inquiry's broader educational and outreach initiatives. To this end, CFI groups host numerous local events, discussion groups, lectures, and educational programs relating to CFI's primary research areas: Religion, Ethics, and Society; Paranormal and Pseudoscience Claims; and Medicine and Health.
Third, CFI groups offer nonbelievers and skeptics an opportunity to put their principles into practice by joining with other "reality-based" individuals to bring about positive changes in society. CFI members volunteer within their broader community, participate in local activism campaigns, assist with regional campus outreach, monitor church/state separation issues, advocate for sound science education, and work to promote science and the secular outlook in their state, county, town, and schools.
CFI groups draw upon volunteers and Center for Inquiry Friends and supporters who are enthusiastic about the CFI agenda and wish to take part in our movement. Our members are living proof that there are good, ethical alternatives to religious and paranormal worldviews.
If you would like to get involved with CFI's movement defending science, reason, and humanist values, start by becoming a Friend of the Center through this link or by calling 1-800-818-7071. Then, become active at the CFI branch in your region or the CFI campus group at your school.