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One-One at One!

posted Dec 14, 2013, 8:42 AM by Thomas Prescott

One-One at One!

Make history on Jan. 1, 2014, at 1 pm, on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol. Be in the record-setting largest photo of Iowa atheists (and friends) ever. Parade a ring-around-the Capitol to remind legislators to honor equality by keeping religion out of state laws. Vote for the slogan that best calls for separation of church and state. Meet up, have fun, launch a new year of equality and good times with like-minded people.


Toys for Tots Charity Drive 2013

posted Nov 24, 2013, 8:53 AM by Thomas Prescott   [ updated Dec 15, 2013, 6:28 AM by John Fruetel ]

Thank you to everyone that donated for the 2013 Toys for Tot drive!

The drive is now over for this year but please consider support this worthwhile campaign in 2014

















Thanksgiving 2013

posted Nov 3, 2013, 5:37 PM by Thomas Prescott   [ updated Nov 24, 2013, 1:34 PM ]

Update!
Thank you everyone for your generous donations.  We were able to raise a total of $761.92!  We will be able to provide catered meals to 5 families and provide a $75 gift card to Dahl's for these families as well.

We are no longer accepting donations for this event.  If you wish to donate, please consider donating money to our Toys for Tots effort.


It's the holiday season and that means IAF has another opportunity to provide community outreach. Over the next few weeks we will be collecting monetary donations to fund Thanksgiving Day meals for a few Des Moines metro families in need. We will be taking donations at the weekly meet up (every Sunday at The Tavern II in West Des Moines) and at any other IAF event.

Every donation is greatly appreciated.  

To donate, you may either use the Paypal Donate link to the right side or you may donate cash at the Sunday meetup.

Family 1
Sharassa has three children and recently moved to Des Moines.   She has a set of preemie twins, Lance and Lauren, age 12, with medical conditions.  She also has a 15 year old son named Dwight.  Lance needs a surgery to have a shunt put in for his liver and enlarged spleen.  Lauren has cerebral palsy.  Sharassa is on her own and has no family in town for help or support.  Her food stamps have been cut due to the recent changes to the food program.

Family 2
Shierley has two boys, Elijah (5 yrs. old) and Demarieus (11 yrs. old).  She is currently working temp jobs and going through a divorce.  

Family 3
Arbriena cares for her Grandson, Davonte (6 yrs. old).  She doesn't have a job and her food stamps have been cut due to the recent changes to the food program.

Family 4
Mary Lee cares for her Grandson, Raleigh (1 yr. old), and for her 15 yr. old daughter.  She doesn't have a job and her food stamps have been cut due to the recent changes to the food program.

Family 5
Catherine is a single mom with a dependent adult child, John (22 yrs. old).  John has autism.   Her food stamps have been cut due to the recent changes to the food program.

Please contact John F. or Chris J. with any questions.




School Supply Drive 2013

posted Aug 1, 2013, 9:56 PM by John Fruetel   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 11:16 PM ]


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It's back to school season and that means IAF has a great opportunity for some community outreach. Over the next few weeks we will be collecting school supplies for donation to children, teachers and schools in need! We will be taking donations at the weekly meet up (every Sunday at The Tavern II in West Des Moines) and at any other IAF event. The deadline is Sunday, August 18th.

Every donation is greatly appreciated. We're looking for supplies like backpacks, pencils, notebooks, etc. You can also find more detailed lists of supplies next to the back to school section at most stores.


You can either donate supplies, or donate cash and IAF will do the shopping for you. To donate cash, you may either use the Donate link at http://www.iowaatheists.org/what-s-happening/schoolsupplydrive2013 or you may donate cash at the Sunday meetup.

Please contact Dave G. or John F. with questions.


THANK YOU!

IAF is now a sponsor of Iowa Public Radio!

posted Oct 14, 2012, 2:58 PM by Eileen   [ updated Oct 14, 2012, 2:58 PM ]

It’s official…IAF is now a sponsor of Iowa Public Radio!  Our sponsorship announcements will begin running on IPR beginning the week of October 22, 2012! 

Thank you to the three people who submitted ideas for our ad.  We didn’t end up going with any of the entries, but instead chose the following message:  

Support comes from Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers. Offering a community for non-believers, including social, educational, charitable and community service opportunities. Details are at www.iowaatheists.org.

Listen for our ads through the end of November on IPR’s Classical West, 90.1 and AM 640 primarily on evenings and weekends.  Then beginning the first week in January 2013, listen for us on 90.1 during morning and afternoon drive times.  We are targeting at least this first round of ads to central Iowa, because that is where most of our activities and events take place.  We selected a variety of stations and time slots to try to reach a variety of demographics.  (Drive-time spots sell out a few months in advance, so that’s why we started with evenings, weekends and run-of-schedule spots).  

We are very thankful to the generous members who contributed approximately $650 for this effort!  We’ll use this to spread our ads through the end of April 2013.  If you wanted to donate but didn’t get around to it, it’s not too late!  Additional donations will be used to either purchase a more concentrated block of ads, or extend the duration, depending on which seems to be a better strategy to get our name out and raise awareness of atheism.  Please use the link below if you’d like to donate.

Please donate by either going to http://www.iowaatheists.org/ipr-advertising-donations or by sending a check to:

 

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers

PO Box 672

Des Moines, IA 50303

IAF School Supply Drive 2012

posted Oct 14, 2012, 2:50 PM by Eileen   [ updated Oct 14, 2012, 2:51 PM ]



Our August school supply drive was a huge success! We were able to donate over five hundred items to a great cause. Donations went out to Smouse Opportunity School, Brubaker Elementary and the Hawthorn Hill Family Shelter. Every donation was accepted with much joy and thanks. 

Thank you to all who donated, and special thanks to IAF member Jenni for delivering all of those supplies! No small task!

Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market 2012

posted Oct 14, 2012, 2:47 PM by Eileen


For the 4th straight year IAF set up an informational table at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market, on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.  The farmers' market is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the group.  

The reaction is generally positive.  There are usually some people who are interested in debating religion, and some who don't like what we're all about, but the majority of people who stop at the booth are fellow non-believers and are glad to see us there.  

This event wouldn't be the success that it is without the dedicated members who help to set up and tear down the booth, and to those who staff the booth to engage the passers-by in friendly conversation.  

Look for us in 2013!

Capital City Pride 2012

posted Oct 14, 2012, 2:31 PM by Eileen   [ updated Oct 14, 2012, 2:36 PM ]


In 2012 IAF participated in the Capital City Pride Parade for the 5th straight year! 

We had a pickup decorated with signs from our 2009 bus ad campaign, members walked out front with the IAF banner and handed out candy and t-shirts, and we also had an informational table.  We always have a great time at this event.  

When was the last time you walked down the street behind a banner that proclaims that you're an atheist, and people cheered?  Join us in 2013!

Toys for Tots 2011 results

posted Dec 19, 2011, 4:41 AM by John Fruetel   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 4:45 AM ]


Well done! We just turned in 25 toys and $240 in Toys for Tots donations, which made it our best campaign so far! A big "thank you" to all who participated - your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.


Drake Interfaith Dialog 12/2/2011

posted Dec 3, 2011, 10:56 AM by John Fruetel   [ updated Dec 3, 2011, 11:25 AM ]

Audio from the Drake Interfaith Dialog held on December 2nd, 2011

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