Frontline Families: Engaging Service Members and Military Families in Volunteer Leadership

Frontline Families: Engaging Service Members and Military Families in Volunteer Leadership

Activate Good is excited to join other organizations across the country in participating in Frontline Families, an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, to engage service members, veterans and their families in volunteer leader training. About Frontline Families Frontline Families is a military and veteran reintegration program that inspires Military Families to serve on the frontline of their communities to address the most pressing challenges in our country. Frontline Family Corps Members will train Military Families as volunteer leaders and conduct community service projects to address pressing community needs and recruit and retain volunteer leaders. At the same time, the program supports the successful reintegration of military families by serving as the bridge that will connect the military with the community through civic engagement and improve the physical and mental well-being of the MilVet population through social and physical activities. Position Descriptions We’re currently seeking candidates to fill three AmeriCorps positions serving with Activate Good starting in January 2016: Full Time, 11 month term of service Part Time position 1, 9 month term of service Part Time position 2, 9 month term of service Apply by December 31, 2015. We hope you will share these job descriptions with those who may be interested! Anyone can apply. We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative and eager to get started!  ...

Shop and Do Good at The Handmade Market on November 14!

We’re excited to announce that Activate Good will be the featured charity of The Handmade Market, taking place this weekend! The Handmade Market, in its 19th installment, is one of the Southeast’s most highly anticipated shopping events, and is produced by The Handmaidens. Attending the Handmade Market The Handmade Market is a two-day, indoor designer craft fair and marketing event featuring handcrafted goods from more than 50 artists, designers, and crafters. The event is FREE to attend, and will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 14. A preview shopping evening will also take place on Friday, November 13, from 7-9 p.m, and it is $5 to enter. The Handmade Market will be held at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh — entrance is located at 215 Wolf Street in City Market, just south of Moore Square. How Does the Handmade Market Work? So how does the Handmade Market work? Interested artists, crafters, and designers apply for The Handmade Market throughout the summer and early fall. Applicants are then juried and accepted into the event wtih a focus on local and regional artists. The jury — made up of artists, designers, and crafters of varying media experience — concentrated on designers that represent diverse groups of modern handcrafts including jewelry, children’s goods, men and women’s apparel, fashion accessories, home goods, bath and body, fine art, and stationery. Activate Good and The Handmade Market The Handmade Market includes a fundraiser to benefit a local charity, and this year, that’s us, Activate Good! To support Activate Good at the event, enter the raffle! Donations of $3 or more qualify to win spectacular swag. If...

4th Annual 9/11 Day of Service and Evening Commemoration

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015 Times: Daytime service projects occur at varying times between 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM; the Evening Commemoration begins at 6:00 PM Registration: Learn more and register at www.activategood.org. Location(s): Daytime service projects take place at various sites around the Triangle; the Evening Commemoration takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. Contact: volunteer@activategood.org 4th Annual 9/11 Day of Service returns Friday, September 11 This year, on our 4th annual 9/11 Day of Service, we will be partnering with local businesses to rally 2,000 citizens to volunteer and make an impact for over 40 charitable causes in the Triangle area. Triangle citizens will honor those lost on 9/11 by helping out with projects like beautifying schools and community centers, packaging food for those in need, and more. More than 40 causes will benefit from volunteers’ work, including but not limited to Raleigh Rescue Mission, Note in the Pocket, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Ronald McDonald House, and AnimalKind. Companies and groups are invited to adopt daytime service projects, and individuals are invited to register to volunteer during the day as well. 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration and Service Projects Those who can’t participate in the daytime projects are invited to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration and Service Projects that will conclude the day at Red Hat Amphitheater. The Evening Commemoration will kick off at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 11. How You Can Help You can help by participating in one (or more!) of approximately 80 service project shifts taking place during this year’s 9/11 Day of Service! View the list...

Now Through April 14: Donate Clothing for Kids at b.good!

On April 1, 2015, our friends at North Hills restaurant, b.good, kicked off a two week campaign to help kids in need. Folks can stop in now through April 14, 2015, and donate clothing and shoes to be distributed to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County through Note in the Pocket, one of our amazing Triangle nonprofit partners. This is a great way to gear up for National Volunteer Week in the Triangle! Drop off a Donation at b.good Want to help out? Note in the Pocket can accept new and gently used shoes and clothing of all sizes. Top needs right now include: GIRLS: Size 7 long sleeve shirts and pants, Size 16 all pants and tops BOYS: Sizes 5 through 14 regular pants, Sizes 8 through 14 long sleeve shirts Always Needed: Women’s tops sizes 14 and up, Children’s tennis shoes sizes 1 – 4, packs of new socks and underwear of all sizes Volunteer During National Volunteer Week As part of National Volunteer Week, on Tuesday, April 14, you can also come in to b.good and volunteer to help write the notes of encouragement that will accompany every clothing donation. As an added treat, anyone who donates clothing items is eligible for a free b.good Carrot Cake Smoothie through April 14. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, volunteers are needed to help sort clothing donations at Note in the Pocket’s offices (limited space: Sign up here!). About the event, owner of b.good Raleigh, Steve Woodward, had the following to say: We are so blessed to live, raise our families and work in a thriving community where economic growth is robust, technology is cutting edge, and educational standards are second to...

Activate Good Partners with Hardison & Cochran, My Carolina Today to Highlight Triangle Nonprofits

Activate Good is excited to announce a new special partnership with Hardison & Cochran and WNCN’s My Carolina Today for 2015! Twice a month on a selected Friday, one of Activate Good’s nonprofit partners will be featured on WNCN’s My Carolina Today as part of Hardison & Cochran’s sponsored “Doing Good” segment.   About My Carolina Today and Hardison & Cochran’s “Doing Good” Segments Participating Triangle nonprofit partners will have an opportunity to discuss their nonprofit’s mission and story, special events, volunteer needs and the impact of volunteers, and other topics. Segments are designed to help increase awareness of these Triangle nonprofits and bolster volunteerism to help support local, charitable causes. Hardison & Cochran Marketing Director, Bill Campbell, commented on the 2015 partnership: “We’re very excited to be teaming up with the team at Activate Good to get the word out about nonprofit organizations in the North Carolina community. Our firm has worked with Activate Good multiple times in the past few years, and their passion for connecting folks and building a stronger community is unmatched. Combining that passion with the communication power of broadcast TV is going to be something amazing to see. Buckle up.” Dress for Success Kicks Off First ‘Doing Good’ Segment! The first “Doing Good” segment airs on Friday, January 23, 2015. Kicking off this 2015 initiative will be Triangle nonprofit Dress For Success. Dress for Success Director of Programs and Operations, Megan Risley, will be discussing the mission, work, accomplishments, and needs of this incredible Triangle nonprofit. Make sure to tune in! Learn more about Activate Good’s nonprofit partners. About Activate Good Activate Good is a nonprofit Volunteer Center...

Nonprofit Pro Bono Project Applications open for Pro Heroes 2015!

Nonprofit Applications for pro bono projects for Pro Heroes 2015 are due December 15, 2014! Selected projects will be announced December 20-31, 2014. Nonprofit Partners: Download the Pro Heroes 2015 application About Activate Good’s Pro Heroes pro bono program In 2013, Activate Good piloted Pro Heroes, an initiative through which Triangle area professionals complete pro bono volunteer projects benefiting chosen nonprofit partners in a designated period of time. Volunteers and their nonprofit partners were highlighted on our blog and social media. That first year, we were able to match 14 professionals or teams of professionals with projects to assist 13 local charities. In 2014, we extended the duration of Pro Heroes and professionals could complete their matched projects throughout the Spring.  We were excited to have 16 nonprofits and 24 professionals involved in our 2014 initiative. The program is also graciously supported by the Cary Community Foundation. Pro Heroes pro bono project results so far Pro Heroes 2013 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 367 – 477 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $67,670 Pro Heroes 2014 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 540-570 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $105,010 That’s a total market value of $172,680 to date! Nonprofits: Have Questions? Contact Rose at volunteer@activategood.org Or: Are you a professional or company interested in completing a pro bono project from January – April 2015? Complete our Interest Form HERE and get notified when we’re ready to start matching projects!  ...