New Year, New You – Give Back in 2016 by Volunteering!

“New Year, New You”, is a common saying, heard mostly between the end of December and the beginning of January. There’s no doubt we’ll see all different types of variations of it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. But what if you could set a New Year’s resolution to be more giving, more kind, perhaps to even be someone’s hero–without having to create a whole new you? What if you could fulfill this resolution on your own schedule and by using the skills you already have? Activate Good can help. Resolve to Do Good by Volunteering in 2016! Simply create a FREE account with Activate Good, and we’ll help match you with Triangle nonprofits that need volunteers just like you! You can even specify when you’d like to look for volunteer opportunities by date–so if you have a day off work or school or a specific weekend you want to volunteer, we can work with that and help you find something for that time period. Help Triangle Nonprofits in Need Nonprofits are always in need of volunteers to be successful- why couldn’t you be that volunteer? Visit us at activategood.org and we’ll get you started on your New Year’s resolution...

Behind the Glamour – A Volunteer’s Perspective on Couture for a Cause

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at Activate Good’s signature fundraiser and fashion event, Couture for a Cause? Kayla Propst, one of Activate Good’s fantastic Fall 2015 interns, has been gracious enough to provide a recap of all the chaos, glamour, and hard work that was part of her experience that day. Volunteering at Activate Good’s 7th Annual Couture for a Cause Hey, fellow do-gooders! My name is Kayla and I’m a senior at NC State University working with Activate Good this semester. One of the programs I got to work at was Activate Good’s 7th annual Couture for a Cause, debuting for the first time in the Raleigh Convention Center downtown! This was an amazing event so if you missed it, you really missed out! You’ll have to join us next year. About Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause Fashion Show Let me tell you what Couture for a Cause is all about. Each year (now for the past seven years), local designers apply to work with Activate Good on this event. Once the designers are chosen, they are matched with local nonprofits and must create two looks inspired by the mission of the nonprofit. The two looks are one “Ready-to-Wear” outfit and a “Couture” outfit. All money raised as a part of the event, goes to Activate Good, so they can keep doing what they do- organizing volunteers, raising awareness for nonprofits, and connecting volunteers to nonprofits in our area! Before arriving at the Convention Center that day, I picked up some of the flowers that were graciously donated by Whole Foods of North Raleigh....

Why Volunteer in the Triangle? Here are 10 Reasons

It’s National Volunteer Week! To celebrate, we’re highlighting 10 awesome reasons to volunteer in the Triangle (or where ever you may be)! 10 Reasons to Volunteer in the Triangle Reason #1: To get in a good workout for a good cause! Reason #2: Because the Triangle is home. And that’s where our hearts are. Reason #3: To meet good people and have a good time WHILE helping a great cause. What could be better? Reason #4: New experiences! Learn to cook, build a roof, and meet a tiger. Reason #5: To get to know your community and be a part making it better. Reason #6: To teach your kids the importance of helping out. Reason #7: Because doing good makes for good quality time with family. Reason #8: To put your skills to good use for a great cause. Reason #9: To be a part of something bigger than yourself. Reason #10: To have FUN! Celebrate National Volunteer Week with us! Pick a volunteer activity and join us for a little do-gooding, and share your reasons and volunteer tales on social media to inspire others in your network to get involved. (Tag @activategood / Use hashtag #TriVolWeek2015 so we can find you and...
The Power of Volunteering as a Family

The Power of Volunteering as a Family

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, National Family Volunteer Day kicked off the holiday season with do-gooding. Here in the Triangle, Activate Good hosted service projects for families to come together as a unit to make an impact for local causes. Family Volunteering Efforts Here are the beautiful results from all of the families who came out to give back to the Triangle community: Socks, underwear, coats and more collected for kids in need 8-10 fleece blankets and 15-25 scarves crafted for the homeless Food packaged and sorted for the hungry 24 umbrellas made for kids in need 20 cards crafted for kids in the hospital 150 volunteers united as a family to help the community! Volunteering As A Family Below, we’ve collected some of the heartwarming quotes that Triangle families shared with us on National Family Volunteer Day. “[It was] a great family time together helping others.” –Marta S. “We are our brother and sister’s keeper.” –Charlotte H. “We’ve been blessed with so much. Family Volunteer Day is a chance for us to share our blessings with others.” –Julia J. “It’s been helpful for our girl scout troops. We’ve been searching for volunteer opportunities, and this gives us a way to connect.” -Lisa A. “It’s a chance to help others and be together with 3 generations of my family.” –Steve K. “It’s a way to be together and show our kids that you can make a difference in someone’s life – even by doing something small.” –Katie G. “We get to help the homeless stay warm on cold days. It makes me feel happy because the homeless people can stay...

Celebrating By Doing Good: Veronica’s Volunteer Birthday Party

As the Volunteer Coordinator here at Activate Good, I have been fortunate to receive many positive messages via email about: Eye-opening volunteer experiences Gratitude from nonprofit partners when volunteers tackled much needed projects Messages from parents seeking ways to show their children what volunteering means Educators planning ways for their students to take on service learning Businesses wishing to donate to a number of causes and plan meaningful days of service for their staff Churches wishing to engage their congregations in hands-on efforts, And more! These messages are one of the top reasons I do what I do.  At the end of the day, it is uplifting to be surrounded by Do-Gooders, and I am so proud of the volume of dedicated volunteers in the Triangle and the many ways that they choose to give back in an effort to better our community. Celebrating a Milestone With A Volunteer Birthday Party One message that came through my Inbox a few months ago truly struck a chord with me, and I hope that by sharing this it will resonate around the Triangle and perhaps beyond. Veronica Ingram, an avid volunteer, emailed me seeking assistance in  planning something I hadn’t received a project request for to date. Her email simply said, I have a milestone birthday at the end of May, and I’d like to have a service project as part of that celebration. I was so excited that she had contacted me for assistance in planning her birthday-party-volunteer-effort, and it immediately made me feel inspired to copy her volunteer birthday party myself later this year. I asked Veronica:  “What inspired...

From Philadelphia to Miami, Kristen Sylvester Brings Yoga to the Underserved, One Mile At a Time

After a line of traffic passes north on Raleigh Boulevard, suddenly you can see her: a lone, female cyclist dressed simply in a pair of black spandex and a short-sleeve, white t-shirt with a navy bandana tied loosely around her neck. She squints into the sun as she comes closer into focus, turning her hand outward to signal her intent to turn into the Raleigh Girls Club. Looking at her, you’d never assume she was a yoga instructor. Looking at her, you’d never guess that she had spent the last 18 days riding her bicycle all the way to Raleigh from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Looking at her, you’d never estimate that she still had at least 800 miles left to ride to get from Raleigh, North Carolina to Miami, Florida. Volunteering to Bring Yoga to Unconventional Spaces Along the East Coast Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds, education levels and with different life experiences, but they are all similar in one regard: their belief in doing good and giving back to their community. Volunteering is neither boastful nor loud, but rather- it takes its place among the quiet, humbling acts of service performed by everyday people who recognize a need and give a few minutes to a few hours of their time to help someone, asking nothing in return. Kristen Sylvester is an ordinary yoga instructor who is using her passion and skills in an extraordinary way. She is volunteering her time and expertise to travel, by bicycle, down the East Coast, stopping in major cities to teach yoga to those who are underprivileged, underserved or...