What we're about
The Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers offers a place where those who are "nones", freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and skeptics can find others who share a secular humanist outlook and interests. We also serve as an educational resource for those wishing to explore secularism and freethought. The group serves as a place to discuss ideas, books, videos and lots of other things. We also explore ways to make Freethinkers more visible and active in the community. Finally, we seek ways to confront and respond to the encroachment of religion in our politics, schools and government.
Our current community efforts include volunteer activities with the Grand Rapids Food Bank/Food shelf, and participation in the annual toy packing effort to provide toys to children in families with limited financial resources during the holiday season. We also participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program and take responsibility for a two mile section of Hwy 169 east of Grand Rapids in the spring and fall. Each year we raise money to support the Boys and Girls Club of the North. This money is used to cover the BGN's membership fee of $10 per year for the children of families who have limited financial resources. Some of our members also volunteer their help with the children at the middle school where activities and meals are provided both during the school year and during the summer. We are always seeking additional ideas for both fundraising and worthwhile community service activities.
Annual membership dues are $25 per adult, $15 for students (high school and college) and $50 for families. If you identify as a secular humanist, or are looking for a way to serve the community without the umbrella of a church, or just want to learn more about these topics and ideas, you will find a welcoming and supportive community within GRAF. For more information, visit our public Facebook page, Grand Rapids Freethought, or contact us at email@example.com. We welcome all ages.