PPG Team Gives Brentwood Boys & Girls Club a Facelift

On July 9, 2014, PPG Industries (PPG) led 43 employees, some visiting from other states, in volunteer service to refurbish and beautify the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club in Raleigh. PPG Gives Back: Triangle corporate volunteerism at its best PPG completed a variety of tasks benefiting the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club. The project, coordinated by Activate Good, included hands-on efforts to build tables, paint the club’s multipurpose room and library, build a garden storage unit, conduct activities with youth at the club, and more. PPG’s work for the Boys & Girls Clubs improved the environment and programming for at-risk youth served by the organization, according to Amber Moore, Director of Community & Corporate Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County. “I was super impressed by PPG’s enthusiasm and knowledge. Whether face painting or helping to construct a storage shed, each volunteer played an important role in making it a great day for Boys & Girls Clubs members!” said Moore. Volunteering is great for company morale and team-building as well. Jeffrey Odham, Senior Stores Group Manager at PPG, was glad his team could have an impact: “This project was a wonderful opportunity for our employees to interact with the youth and hopefully make a difference within the community. We trust that our efforts will help advance the great work that the Boys & Girls Club does each and every day.” About PPG Industries Founded in 1883, PPG Industries is a leading global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass in nearly 70 countries around the world. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and...

Join L&E Research in getting kids back-to-school ready

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County aims to get 850 kids in need ready to go back to school by providing vital school supplies. This summer, L&E Research is stepping up to rally the community to fulfill this great need, and you can help! Help get kids back-to-school ready! You can drop off school supplies (new) at L&E Research’s Raleigh office through the end of July, Mondays through Thursdays between 10 AM and 5 PM. Wondering what to drop off? Here’s the list of...

Welcoming L&E Research to the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council

Activate Good is excited to welcome L&E Research as the seventh member of the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC). Amber Smith, Executive Director of Activate Good, comments: L&E Research, with its 30 years of market research expertise, will bring a new perspective to the Corporate Volunteer Council table. We’re excited to welcome them to the effort to bolster volunteerism in the Triangle alongside other industry and community leaders. L&E Research joins Red Hat, Wells Fargo, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, CW22, Deloitte, and Fidelity Investments on the Triangle CVC. Making An Impact in Triangle Volunteerism Locally, L&E Research will partner with Activate Good to help fulfill their mission of making connections in the community, and making their panel of over 100,000 residents in North Carolina aware of Activate Good and the impact of volunteerism on our community. President of L&E, Brett Watkins, stated: We are very excited to be working with Activate Good. We have been looking for a charitable partner that would not only excite all of our employees, but also help us engage our database members to work with us to make Raleigh a better place. Over the years we have raised tens of thousands of dollars through our database community for a variety of different charities, and we believe our connection with Activate Good will be something all of our members can heartily support and help us give back to the Triangle area even more. Over the next few years, L&E Research aspires to make a significant impact on our community through a combination of funds raised, in-kind donations, and volunteerism of their workforce and their database...

Turner Construction: Building Volunteerism, Building Hope

Founded in 1902, Turner Construction has much to be proud of. Over the years, it’s amassed a network of offices in North America and around the globe; it boasts 5,200 employees who work on more than 1,200 projects each year; and with $9 billion in annual construction volume, it consistently ranks as one of the leading companies within its industry. But it’s Turner Construction’s equally long history of community involvement and outreach that they are most excited to discuss. Building More Than Business; Building Hope Winter Kilgore is the Contracts Administrator for Turner Construction Company’s Carolinas Business Unit in Raleigh. She is also in charge of facilitating volunteerism and community outreach for Turner Construction’s Raleigh branch. When asked about the company’s initial involvement in volunteering, Kilgore explains: Turner has a long history of community involvement and outreach. We participate in and sponsor a variety of programs at the local level, from Habitat for Humanity projects to annual canned food drives for the Salvation Army; and we continue to support and develop national initiatives such as YouthForce 2020 and the ACE Mentor program. Additionally, for the last two years, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have recognized Turner [Construction] as a leader in community service, selecting the company as the recipient of their AGC in the Community Award. We believe that it is important to engage ourselves in the communities we not only help build, but live in, as well. In fact, in just the past 12 months or so, Turner Construction has volunteered with the following organizations: Toys for Tots The Caring House at Duke Hospital UNC Children’s Hospital...

Corporate Volunteer Council Spotlight | Red Hat

As an Inaugural Member of Activate Good’s Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council, Red Hat is a dedicated collaborative partner with Activate Good that helps to shape our corporate engagement services and strategies to boost local volunteerism. Red Hat stands tall as a leader in the effort to boost volunteer engagement in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area! Activate Good’s Executive Director, Amber Smith, explains, “Time and time again, Red Hat has shown great support for Activate Good and our mission to bolster volunteerism in Raleigh and the Triangle. Since becoming a member of our Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council last year, Red Hat has given local volunteerism a boost through sponsorship, raising awareness of volunteer needs, and consistently sending enthusiastic volunteers to help out a number of our nonprofit partners.” It is always a pleasure to match Red Hatters as volunteers with our nonprofit partners, and they truly have made a big difference in our community by helping many worthy causes. Most recently, Red Hat not only collaborated with Activate Good to host the Evening Commemoration of our 9/11 Day of Service – Activate Raleigh 2013 at Red Hat Amphitheater, their staff also volunteered for day time projects. On September 11th Red Hat volunteers cleaned and organized the Helen Wright Center which provides safe housing to thirty-six women each night. Carol Schwartz, Outreach Coordinator for Urban Ministries, says, “Our shelter is shining from bottom to top, thanks to Activate Good’s coordination with Red Hat. They did a phenomenal job and even had flowers in the shelter for the ladies!” Red Hat maintains a culture of collaboration and sharing, and thus, volunteering...

Corporate Volunteer Council Spotlight | Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q

Over the 40 years of its operation, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has had a long-standing history of community involvement and continues to raise finances and provide time and resources for a number of causes. Smithfield’s became the second North Carolina company to join Activate Good’s inaugural membership-based alliance, the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council. The council is an opportunity for businesses to network with other corporations, bolster employee volunteer programs, and effectively contribute to volunteerism in Raleigh and the greater Triangle. Companies help in variety of ways—sponsorships, promotions, contributions, and employee volunteerism—to ensure the social health of communities. At Activate Good, we offer companies the opportunity to be a collaborative partner in volunteer engagement in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area. “One business supporting a local cause, or many causes over the course of a year, can only do but so much,” says Richard Averitte, Marketing Director of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. “But when you combine your corporate efforts with those of other businesses with a focus on corporate responsibility through an organization like Activate Good, the actual impact on our communities that we serve can grow exponentially.” Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has been very active in sponsorships, contributions and volunteerism in the Triangle for years. The company, most recently, contributed meals for Rex Blood Services.  Volunteer blood donors received a delicious lunch in appreciation for their time and effort, and Smithfield’s also helped promote the event. “When Sandra Brooks of Rex Blood Services came to us and told us that ‘every day in the US, over 32,000 blood transfusions take place,’ and that many of them occur in our...