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Volunteer Program Planning for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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The Cause

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment while honoring the memory and heritage of our founder, Danny Thomas. We are leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer.

The Challenge

We are based in Charlotte, NC and control the fundraising in North and South Carolina that supports the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We do not have the connections needed to grow a successful walk/run in the Raleigh Area. We would like a professional to work with us in creating a committed team of volunteers that can help us plan and secure sponsorships for a Raleigh area run/walk.  

The Project: Volunteer Program Planning

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

28-30 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • Updated volunteer leadership team job descriptions suited to the local community (the Triangle).
  • A volunteer outreach plan including proposed demographic targets for volunteers needed, strategies for outreach, and outreach language for each target population.
  • A list of possible targets and target populations for recruiting to fill these volunteer roles.
  • Completed outreach and connections to organization staff.

Impact

The impact this person or people could have to our organization is huge! We are working so hard to connect to the Raleigh area and spread the awareness of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We need someone to spread the message and mission that is well connected with Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas. If we can plan for and recruit a volunteer team that is committed to our mission we know that we will be able to hold a successful event in the Raleigh area, raising much needed funds and awareness for St. Jude and the children we serve. 

The application for this project is now closed. If you are interested in this project or something like this, please contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Furniture Repair Consultation for TROSA, Inc.

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The Cause

TROSA is an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. TROSA accepts substance abusers into their program on one condition, they must have a strong desire to change their lives. TROSA’s program elements include vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training, and continuing care.

The Challenge

TROSA opened its Thrift Store one year ago, and the store has generally been a success. The key to any Thrift operation is receiving a steady stream of quality donations, which TROSA is able to do thanks to its moving company. TROSA Thrift Store’s challenge is that it needs high level skills to repair damaged furniture and complete professional level cleaning and polishing. We know that we could increase store traffic, sales, and price per piece if we were able to do more repairs, professional cleaning. We need a professional who can consult our leadership and volunteers on how to assess and maintain furniture quality, create an operations guide for furniture maintenance, and train our team on vital processes.

The Project: Furniture Repair Consultation and Training

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

28-32 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A repair shop operation guide (up to 5 pages) including safety guidelines and basic instructions for furniture repair.
  • A furniture quality assessment guide (up to 2 pages).
  • Up to 3 hours of training and electronic copies of any training materials used for the organization’s future use.

Impact

This project would have a huge impact on both the individuals that would be mentored as well as the organization as a whole. TROSA’s focus on vocational training is often at the level of “basic skills” and we would love to see more advanced training made available to our residents, which would improve their own skills, knowledge, and ability to succeed when they leave the TROSA program. The project also has the potential to positively impact the store in many ways. If we are able to do more repairs and a higher quality of repair, we will be able to increase our volume of sales, increase our price points on furniture, and reduce waste through a reduction of items that must be scrapped (at a cost to TROSA). Further, if this becomes profitable enough, we may be able to justify opening additional stores in the future, providing another strong revenue source for the organization while providing a higher quality of vocational training for residents.

 

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Merchandising Consultation for TROSA, Inc.

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The Cause

TROSA is an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. TROSA accepts substance abusers into their program on one condition, they must have a strong desire to change their lives. TROSA’s program elements include vocational training, education, counseling, mentoring, leadership training, and continuing care.

The Challenge

TROSA opened its Thrift Store one year ago, and the store has generally been a success. The key to any Thrift operation is receiving a steady stream of quality donations, which TROSA is able to do thanks to its moving company. TROSA Thrift Store’s challenge is that it needs high level skills to do create furniture displays and illustrate value to customers. We know that we could increase store traffic, sales, and price per piece if create better displays and connect more with our customers. We need to find someone who has these skills and can work with our residents so that they are able not only to learn the process, but teach it to those who come into the program after them.

The Project: Merchandising Consultation

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

28-32 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A 1-2 page report summarizing findings from interviews and research on the organization’s current practices
  • A merchandising plan (up to 5 pages) including recommendations for furniture pricing and presentation for retail
  • Up to 3 hours of training and electronic copies of any training materials used for the organization’s future use

Impact

This project would have a huge impact on both the individuals that would be mentored as well as the organization as a whole. TROSA’s focus on vocational training is often at the level of “basic skills” and we would love to see more advanced training made available to our residents, which would improve their own skills, knowledge, and ability to succeed when they leave the TROSA program.  The project also has the potential to positively impact the store in many ways. If we are able to create higher quality, more attractive displays and connect more to customers, we will be able to increase our volume of sales, increase our price points on furniture by marketing to a more affluent market. Further, if this becomes profitable enough, we may be able to justify opening additional stores in the future, providing another strong revenue source for the organization while providing a higher quality of vocational training for residents.

 

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Videography for We Plant it Forward

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The Cause

The mission of We Plant it Forward is to bring health and well being to humanity through tree planting and educating people about the benefits of trees. We Plant it Forward is a result of the growth a tree planting initiative started by the Agni Institute. 

The Challenge

We need help communicating what we do to potential funders and the general public in a way that is clear, dynamic and engaging. By delivering a clear, dynamic message, we hope to secure sustained financial and community support and engagement. The success of our work is evident through the positive feedback we get from teachers/parents and students. We would like a videography professional to produce a short promotional video to put on our website. The video would showcase the work We Plant it Forward does with elementary and middle school age children to educate them about the benefits of trees, how trees grow, the role trees play in the ecosystem, and hands on tree planting activities and tree giveaways.

The Project: Videography

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

19-25 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A fully edited 3 minute promotional video for We Plant it Forward.
  • B-roll of footage future promotions.

Impact

This video will expand our reach and provide a dynamic resource for us to showcase our work with school age students. We will use it to tell our story to potential funders, volunteers, and community partners. We also hope that the video will engage people that visit our website and encourage them to explore our programs. By showcasing the enthusiasm of the participants in our events that results from the work we do with them, we will attract more interest to help sustain our ability to fulfill our mission: to restore and preserve the natural environment through tree planting and educating the community about the benefits of trees.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Graphic Design for the National Inclusion Project

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The Cause

The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We partner with communities and out-of-school-time programs (YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kid’s Museums, Community Centers, Zoos, etc) to enable them to include children with disabilities in ALL of their activities. We work every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality because no child should sit on the sidelines.

The Challenge

In January 2015, we strategically solidified our organization’s case statement, quantified our impact and started pulling together all of our results and information in order to go after new grants, sponsors and donors. While this is great information, much of it is not in our 4-year old brochure/booklet. Not only is the brochure out of date, but the current format is way too long and very expensive to mail. We need a graphic designer to create a concise, informative, and compelling brochure and infographic that we can use to promote our cause.

The Project: Graphic Design

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

30-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • An organization brochure in print ready and online formats, including the editable file for future changes /revisions to be made by the organization
  • Infographic highlighting the organization’s results and impacts in print ready and online formats

Impact

This project will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community! This project will be of great help in getting the word out about the importance of inclusion and the benefits of partnering with the National Inclusion Project. We hope this will in turn garner more interest and more dollars so that we can serve more organizations and families in the future.

 

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Fund Development and Grantwriting for Zach’s Toy Chest

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The Cause

Zach’s Toy Chest donates toys, games, books and other essential items that help boost the spirits of patients of all ages receiving cancer treatment at North Carolina hospitals.  A well stocked toy chest ensures all patients have a gift for the holidays, birthdays, end of treatment parties and most importantly, a little something to serve as a reward for their courage in fighting childhood cancer.   We are 100% volunteer run and currently provide year round donations to Duke Children’s Hospital, UNC Children’s Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine’s Outpatient Hematology-Oncology clinic in NC.

The Challenge

We are rapidly growing and have a need to expand the nonprofit in order to continue to keep up with the demand at the hospitals as we are the only group that donates year-round.  There are just under 800 children a week at Duke and UNC combined that are seen for a form of childhood cancer and are there receiving treatment.  At the stage our nonprofit is currently at, we are not able to keep up with the demand from the hospitals we currently serve.  We would also like to expand to a children’s hospital in the Charlotte area and then could service the entire state of NC.  We need to continue to grow and keep up with the demand at local NC hospitals.  We need the support of funders and the general public, along with assistance in finding suitable grant funding through local foundations.

The Project: Fund Development and Grantwriting

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now – April 30):

36-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A Fund Development strategic plan for 1-3 year period.
  • 10 recommendations for untapped fundraising resources, up to 5 of which can be recommendations for new grant sources that align with the organization’s needs.
  • A grant proposal with up to one round of revisions the organization can submit for funding and re-use for future grant applications.

Impact

This will be a game changer for us because it will allow us to purchase and donate enough toys and other essentials the hospitals need so that every child receiving treatment for childhood cancer will be able to get a ‘something special’ for their courage in fighting cancer in North Carolina.  Currently the demand is much higher than what we can supply without additional funds.  We cannot continue to grow unless there are more donations that allow us to take care of these kids.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Grantwriting for the Helps Education Fund

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The Cause

The Helps Education Fund (HEF) is dedicated to supporting educators and improving learning outcomes for students. To promote student success, HEF provides research-supported materials and services to teachers and parents, and to promote educational equity, we offer additional support to schools serving a high percentage of students who live in conditions of poverty. A fundamental goal of the Helps Education Fund is to use collaborative partnerships between researchers and practitioners to develop and evaluate critically needed teaching tools (e.g., reading and math intervention programs) and provide those tools and services for free or at the lowest possible costs to educators.

The Challenge

As this tiny, historically volunteered-led non-profit transitions into a full-fledged organization with a full time Executive Director, we are in need of establishing a more systematic approach to fundraising and grantwriting. Strengthening our fundraising abilities is crucial to our sustainability and growth, so we are able to continue to provide effective educational programs to teachers and students.  As our new ED focuses on multiple priorities to strengthen organizational systems and program impact, we seek an experienced Development professional to us help identify and prioritize grants and funding strategies. To support the goals of our strategic plan, we will need a comprehensive and achievable fundraising / grant writing plan.

The Project: Grantwriting

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

36-38 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • 5 recommendations for new grant sources that align with the organization’s needs.
  • A calendar / timeline showing deadlines for new grants.
  • A grant proposal with up to two rounds of revisions the organization can submit for funding and re-use for future grant applications.

Impact

Having a Development professional work with the Helps Education Fund (HEF) will be a game changer for our organization. As the HEF grows and develops a solid operating system, it is crucial we create a successful grant writing system. Over the years HEF has secured funding from a few foundations and grants, however we are at a pivotal point in needing to become more successful with identifying ‘good fit’ funding streams and submitting applications that support our goals. To have expertise in grant development in 2016, will allow us to make tremendous gains in moving our organization forward –ultimately achieving a greater impact for struggling learners.

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Grantwriting for Sustainable Alamance

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The Cause

The mission of Sustainable Alamance is to use bold and innovative thinking and community development approaches to connect those members of the community facing employment discrimination and resulting in generational poverty to local economic resources. Our vision is to build a stronger and more sustainable community, not only by promoting wise use of local natural and economic resources, but by identifying, developing and including underutilized human resources that are effectively prevented from participating in the local economy. Sustainable Alamance was founded by Phil Bowers in 2008 after he learned that previously incarcerated men and women in our community face steep, and sometimes seemingly insurmountable, barriers to employment. Inspired by this startling fact, Phil began to think about how we as a community can change these negative perceptions, and he created Sustainable Alamance to help those community members with criminal records restart their lives in productive and meaningful ways.

The Challenge

We are a very small organization with only two full-time staff members, neither of which has any formal training in grantwriting. We seek the advice and consultation on this matter so that we can identify grant opportunities best suited for the work we do as well as ensuring our projects and proposals are communicated in an effective manner. The opportunity to work with an Activate Good “Pro Hero” is more pressing than ever for Sustainable Alamance because we are now being recognized and sought out as the “go-to” agency for re-entry services. We would like a professional grant writer to evaluate our current grant writing practices, identify strengths and weaknesses of said practices and propose strategies for better identifying grants and increasing likelihood of being awarded future grants.

The Project: Grantwriting

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30th):

28-32 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A 1-2 page report highlighting the organization’s grantwriting strengths and weaknesses.
  • 5 recommendations for new grant sources that align with the organization’s needs.
  • A grant proposal template to be used in future grantwriting efforts.

Impact

This project would have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community. As previously mentioned, we have a very small staff and thus time is a commodity we never seem to have enough of. By having the guidance of a professional grant writer we would have a more strategic foundation for fundraising, both in terms of time spent on identifying and completing grant applications as well as income generated from discovered grant opportunities. Furthermore, we have a major project that we have identified but are unsure of the best way to seek funding. The consultation of a grant writing professional would mean a fundamental shift in our organization and  would put us in a better position to guarantee the financial diversity and sustainability of our organization. 

The application for this project is now closed, if you are interested in taking on this project or something like it, contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.

Volunteer Program Planning for A Helping Hand

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The Cause

A Helping Hand is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting older adults in maintain independence and quality of life. Cathy Ahrendsen founded A Helping Hand in 1995 in response to an unmet community need for high caliber senior support services. Today, the agency remains committed to her vision of helping senior citizens and individuals with disabilities safely “age in place” while maintaining the highest level of independence. We serve people of all income levels in Orange, Durham, Chatham, and western Wake counties, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Challenge

As with most nonprofits, volunteers provide a tremendous benefit. We find that the nature of our work, asking individuals to interact with a senior in their home for up to 3 hours, is more intensive than many other volunteer opportunities. We would love to be able to find a way to properly communicate our need to volunteers and to retain them. We would like for a consultant to help us pinpoint the places in our volunteer program where we can work on retention and building a volunteer culture that is generative.

The Project: Volunteer Program Planning

Estimated Volunteer Time (Now through April 30):

31-36 hours

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End Result

The project will result in the following deliverables:

  • A 1-2 page assessment summary highlighting areas of strength and weakness in the organization’s current volunteer recruitment and retention strategies.
  • A 2 year Strategic Action Plan / timeline that includes, at minimum, strategies / a plan for volunteer appreciation / retention.
  • Volunteer job descriptions or updates to existing job descriptions, profiles, and outreach plan and messaging for up to 5 top volunteer needs.

Impact

This project would have a significant impact on our ability to serve the community/clients. As our program depends on volunteers, this would have a tremendous impact on our ability to serve more seniors. In Durham in particular, there is more need than we have volunteers. Volunteers also translate into donors and informed advocates in the community, not only for our agency but for aging issues in the community. The bottom line of our mission is to serve seniors. By gaining a larger, more loyal and more sustainable base of volunteers, we would be able to do expand our services.

 

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