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....

9/11 Day of Service 2015 Recap – The Results Are In!

For this year’s 4th annual 9/11 Day of Service, Activate Good aimed to engage 2,000 volunteers from around the Triangle to participate in various volunteer projects on 9/11. Now that the volunteer headcounts have been tallied, we are pleased to announce that with 2,535 volunteer connections taking place on September 11, we exceeded this goal by 25%! We are thrilled to see so many groups, companies, and individuals step up to serve the community and honor those lost on 9/11 with acts of service and kindness. Beyond the Numbers: 9/11 Day of Service in the Triangle “The 9/11 Day of Service is an amazing experience that demonstrates the true community that we live in. We are so grateful for all the hard working hands that have come together to make our space better.” – Meghan Olesen, PLM Families Together, Inc. Whether they were using their brains or their hands, volunteers throughout the Triangle found a way to give back on 9/11 Day of Service. From working together to brainstorm and develop an effective computer programming class for adults with autism who are looking to enter the workforce, to planting native Paw-Paw trees that will bear fruit for an edible community garden – projects were as diverse and interesting as the reasons people gave for contributing to their communities. Some volunteers simply wanted to help in any way they could; some wanted to honor the memories of friends and family they lost on 9/11. And of course, some volunteers simply wanted to counteract the tragic events of 9/11 with good deeds and giving attitudes. 9/11 Day of Service, Perspective, & Giving Back While photographing volunteers from American Tower working on various projects at Durham...

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...

Activate Good to Be Honored at Leadership Triangle Awards Gala

  On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Activate Good will be one of five organizations to receive the prestigious Goodmon Award at the 2014 Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, being held in Durham, NC. The Gala is the only annual awards event that specifically celebrates leadership that reaches beyond municipal borders in the Triangle. Activate Good is thrilled to be recognized among other honorees this year:  First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), Katie Wyatt (founder and Executive Director of Kidznotes),  GoTriangle Regional TDM Partnership, and Beth Turner (founder of Girls Rock NC). The Goodmon Award & Honored Guests The Goodmon Award is named after James F. Goodmon, President/CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, Chair Emeritus of Leadership Triangle, and a leader in promoting regional collaboration and development. The 2014 award recipients include individuals and organizations that have made significant and measurable contributions to the quality of life and economic health of the Triangle region through demonstrated leadership in the categories of Economic Development, Arts and Entertainment, Strategic Partnership, Goodmon Fellow, and Community Service. The award is facilitated by Leadership Triangle, a nonprofit established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle through leadership development programming. Helping Connect Volunteers & Triangle Nonprofits Activate Good is honored to be a recipient at this year’s gala. In 2013 alone, Activate Good facilitated 4,181 volunteer connections, providing a value of over $260,000 in volunteer services to 180 charities in the Triangle. Currently, Activate Good partners with more than 240 Triangle nonprofit organizations, helping to connect them with more than 7,000 volunteers throughout the area. Activate Good Executive Director, Amber Smith, is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Triangle Personal Leadership...

Activate Good to Host 4th Annual Martin Luther King Sunday Supper, January 19, 2014

Activate Good and MusicianCorps have teamed up to honor the work and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the work of Triangle charities by hosting the 4th annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Sunday Supper on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in downtown Raleigh. Where and When Activate Good’s 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Long View Center’s 1880 Hall, 118 S Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Tickets: $10 *(Advance Registration Required) Click here to register Sunday Suppers will be taking place all across the nation on Sunday, January 19 as part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. At Activate Good’s 4th annual MLK Sunday Supper, locals from diverse backgrounds are invited to come together, meet nonprofit leaders, and discuss vital community issues while sharing a meal together. This year’s dinner welcomes MusicianCorps, Band Together, Dress for Success, Wade Edwards Learning Lab, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Urban Ministries of Wake County, PLM Families Together, Triangle Area Red Cross, and Wags 4 Tags to facilitate table discussions on local community issues. Advance Registration Required Advanced registration for this event is required. Tickets are $10/person, which covers the cost of dinner. A limited number of financial hardship tickets are also available for those who would like to attend but cannot afford the meal, thanks to event sponsor, Hardison & Cochran. Register online here. About Activate Good Activate Good is a nonprofit Volunteer Center that activates volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community. We connect individuals, groups, and companies to volunteering needs with over 170 partnering...

Activate Good’s 2013 Greatest Hits

In 2013, Activate Good had the chance to help great causes, meet great people, and have a great time doing it! Check out some of this year’s greatest hits: 1. In January we dined with folks from all walks of life, discussing issues our community faces and ways we can all be part of the solution at our 3rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper. 2. The members of our inaugural Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council convened for the first time. With all these business-savvy do-gooders in a room together, we could tell it was going to lead to great things. 3. In the spring, we piloted our first ever “Pro Heroes” program, matching local professionals with high-impact pro bono projects benefiting awesome nonprofits. The results? 35 local pros took on 15 projects, gave 422 pro bono volunteer hours, and provided services worth over $67,000 for causes in need (Read more about these results! And: Get involved in Pro Heroes 2014!). 4. In the summer, we answered the challenge to match funds granted by the AJ Fletcher Foundation by launching a contest to identify a fresh-faced mascot to represent Activate Good in 2013! Dog and gorilla battled it out for a grueling month. In the end, donors picked their favorite candidate, Mr. Bongo. 5. On September 11, we mobilized and ecstatically joined nearly 1500 locals to volunteer at over 40 projects around the Triangle, including an evening commemoration and concert at Red Hat Amphitheater, and were reminded that doing good can unite a community. 6. We asked the city to work with us to show how vital volunteerism is for Raleigh....