Welcome, 2012! There’s no question 2011 was an action-packed year for our local community, and included many exciting events and changes for Activate Good, too. We’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights from 2011 – From hosting our first Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Sunday Supper, to meeting our friend “Mr. Bongo”, to rebranding as Activate Good and launching our new volunteer community, 2011 has been a year of change, growth, and connection with volunteers and friends old and new. Here it is, folks: Activate Good’s 2011 highlights!
Still known as ME³, we kicked off 2011 by hosting our first Sunday Supper to honor Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. About 60 community members from all walks of life, including representatives of area nonprofits, came together to discuss issues like homelessness, hunger, and youth development while connecting over a meal. New friends–and volunteer connections–were made that night while we enjoyed the spirit of community. Stay tuned for information about our 2nd annual Sunday Supper taking place in 2012 on January 15!
We were honored to be chosen as the charity beneficiary of Raleigh Twestival when March came around and meet the good folks who hosted and co-sponsored the event, including YNPN of the Triangle, Triangle AMA, Tweet Divas, Yelp, and other social media savvy citizens.
Later in the spring, as the Great Human Race neared, we made friends with Mr. Bongo, an idealistic gorilla who championed our message that anybody can do good. We know he’s still out there doing good deeds.
Tragedy struck as the Raleigh tornado tore homes apart on April 16, 2011, but we watched a community step up to volunteer to tackle the damage it had done. Activate Good volunteers joined to do their part, lending medical and construction skills, sorting donations for tornado victims, and cheering up kids at a mobile home park who had been deeply affected.
In June, we announced we were rebranding and changing our name from ME³ to Activate Good! We revealed our new logo and new website, made possible by our friends at Polished Geek.
Later during the summer of 2011, we had a blast bringing volunteers together for ComeUnityNow, a collaboration of nonprofits, individuals, and companies uniting to raise funds for long-term tornado recovery. We excitedly talked about the benefits of volunteerism with attendees at a local women’s conference, Speaking of Women’s Health. In June, our volunteers teamed up with youth from Haven House Services to volunteer with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs to build a fence for a local dog, Roxie, so she could play in the summer sun.
In August we partied with new friends from Empowered Ideas at LinkedIn Live Raleigh. We also had a party of our own, during which we announced the launch of our new volunteer community, a volunteer matching system built on a social platform so do-gooders can connect with one another and causes they care about, all while signing up to volunteer to fill local needs (thanks again, Polished Geek!). In August we learned we were the recipients of a Learn & Serve grant from Communities In Schools NC to boost our Activate Schools initiative, our effort to empower local youth by making volunteerism a bigger part of area schools.
In September we remembered 9/11 on its 10th anniversary by joining volunteers across the Triangle in service to causes in need, serving meals to hungry neighbors, maintaining parks and natural areas, sorting donated clothes, and more. At SPARKcon, Activate Good team members shared their inspiration for volunteering with guests at ideaSPARK.
Our third annual Couture for a Cause fashion show fundraiser brought together 400 guests at Marbles Kids Museum on October 21, including nonprofit partners, models, and local fashion designers. We couldn’t have pulled it off without a rock star team of volunteers, whose efforts helped us raise over $13,000 in net proceeds for our programs and initiatives.
Throughout the summer and fall, Activate Good team was excited to work with volunteers from NC State University, Gibbs & Soell, GlaxoSmithKline, Best Buy, Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates, and more. In December we gladly teamed up with Ekklesia Church at Raleigh and Transforming Hope Ministries to shed light on the issue of human trafficking in our community.
We had a great time throughout these events and activities in 2011, but our greatest memories from 2011 are the connections we made with local volunteers, great causes, and community-minded companies and groups. We’re forever thankful for our friends and supporters who make our efforts possible. This past year has been amazing. We know that with your help we can make 2012 an amazing year, too!