Outreach on Campus and in the Community
- WHO will support our efforts?
- WHAT is the best idea for our first action?
- HOW are we going to reach out to others?
- WHERE can we be most visible and get our message out?
- WHY should we reinforce the message of church-state separation?
- WHEN should we organize a general meeting and invite the community?
Outreach to Other Friendly Campus Groups
Contact established groups to potentially ally with. Try to meet with leaders in groups related to gender equality, LGBT rights, human rights, civil liberties, racial equality, political science, law and progressive communities of faith. Ask the leaders for advice about starting your own group or ways you can organize a church/state separation program together.
Outreach to Community Groups
Are there community chapters of groups like the PTA, NOW, NAACP, ACLU, Humanist groups or progressive religious congregations that might provide support to your organization?
Reach out to People
Instead of trying to get people to come to you, try going to them. Go to the meetings of other groups, and to places and events where people gather. Find out if you can distribute information at the meeting or event. If not, at least show up and participate anyway. It will create goodwill and may promote interest when you are planning your next event.
Collect and Keep Contact Information
Have sign-in sheets at every meeting and event. At events organized by others, ask people to add their name, address, email address and phone number to petitions. In return, give them a talking points sheet, or information about Americans United.
There are many online resources such as Facebook, Thepoint.com, Idealist.org, and other websites that have online collaboration tools that make setting up meetings, keeping track of members, and organizing your group relatively easy. Depending on the issue, a lot can be accomplished online.