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Getting Involved Locally

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Thinking of getting involved in an off-campus group? Starting an off-campus group?

Start out by seeing what kinds of groups are in your area and look for events that interest you.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If an off-campus group already exists, but isn’t holding events that interest you or is holding events at times or locations that are inconvenient, talk to the leadership about the kinds of events that would meet your needs.

No off-campus group in your area? Consider starting one. Starting a social event (coffee and conversation, happy hour, or hiking) can be a great way to get your feet wet and make some new friends.

If you’re interested in becoming involved with or starting an off-campus groups, there are resources and support available. From national organizations with grassroots support, to Facebook groups for local leaders, and blogs, you are not alone!

Were you a leader or member of a Secular Student Alliance affiliate? Much of what you learned still applies off-campus! Take some time to refresh your memory and look through our resources. While the SSA is focused on supporting campus groups, there are many parallels between the campus and off-campus grassroots. Check out the Group Running Guide and Group Running Library, for advice on everything from how to write a press release to handling leadership transitions, advertising, and growing membership.

There are some important differences between running a campus group and running an off-campus group. Most campus groups follow a set framework – schools/universities require an advisor and a certain structure. Off-campus groups come in a larger variety of shapes and sizes, more or less formalized, bar meetups to parenting groups to full-fledged nonprofits with buildings. Don't be afraid to jump in and get creative!

Got questions? The SSA is here to help you get connected.

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