Volunteers Create A Winter Wonderland At AnimalKind’s ReTails Thrift Shop

On a crisp, cold Saturday morning, fourteen Activate Good volunteers met at ReTails Thrift Shop to work on a new project: decorating the window displays of the store. The ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by Triangle nonprofit, AnimalKind, and volunteers were asked to create a winter wonderland display using snow-themed craft projects along with items found in the store. Supporting the AnimalKind Mission Outreach Coordinator for AnimalKind, Laura Walton, recently began asking volunteer groups to decorate their display windows to encourage passersby to stop in and shop. She also wanted the displays to inform the public of AnimalKind’s mission: …to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters. Volunteers created two 3-dimensional displays in two windows and two large posters for the adjoining windows. After introductions and learning more about AnimalKind, volunteers chose the projects they wanted to work on. Volunteer Projects with AnimalKind Some of the projects that volunteers completed while at the ReTails Thrift Shop included: Cutting out snowflakes Making paper penguins Building a snowman out of plastic bags And More! Volunteers worked steadily for two hours, chatting about the projects and coming up with ideas for the displays. Before the volunteers began, Laura explained how the Retails Thrift Shop would be moving to a larger location in order to accommodate more donations. One of the posters that volunteers created displayed details about the new location, the grand opening, and the types of donations that the store is seeking. Once their projects were completed, the volunteers hung dozens of snowflakes (which they had previously cut out). The volunteers then worked on arranging the displays using other items they had...

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...

Lisa Jeffries: Using Skills to Help Transitions LifeCare

Many young professionals embrace volunteerism. However, many are often frustrated because they don’t have the opportunity to help nonprofits as they did in high school or college. Some may feel unable to make monetary donations or lack the flexibility in their schedule to donate time for general activities. But utilizing their unique skills to help out might be a great way for young professionals to find their path on their journey to serve. Applying Unique Skills to Boost Technology for a Good Cause Lisa Jeffries is a young professional who is the founder and principal consultant of Raleighwood Media Group. Lisa has a number of web-based skills, particularly in content management systems. While visiting the Activate Good website, she saw a volunteer project right in her wheelhouse: Providing WordPress training for Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County). According to Jeffries: “The experience was wonderfully timed and fulfilling. My family has benefited from the humbling work that [Transitions LifeCare] provides to the community many times, as recently as the 2011 passing of my grandfather, who suffered from the debilitating effects of dementia in his final years. I had been interested in being able to give back to Transitions LifeCare, and then I stumbled upon the listing on Activate Good’s website for someone to help them with WordPress. I’m a big believer in fate; and that day, it certainly came knocking.” Helping Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers and those who have lost a loved one. Recently the nonprofit moved...

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...

Home Away from Home: Ronald McDonald House of Durham

For 34 years, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham has been providing a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. Their vision is to offer love, share comfort, inspire community and sustain hope by giving families a place to stay when their child is being treated in a nearby hospital. Accommodating Families in Need When a family travels more than 50 miles from home to obtain treatment for their child, they are eligible to stay at the House. For a suggested $10-15 per night, a family can stay in a bedroom with amenities similar to a hotel room, but families are never turned away for their inability to pay. All families have access to a fully equipped communal kitchen, dining area, living room and laundry facility. There is also a chapel, learning center, computer room and library on site. Having these resources is important in meeting the needs of a family who has to spend several weeks or months away from home. The Ronald McDonald House also sponsors family rooms at Duke University Hospital and WakeMed Children’s Hospital so families can get away to relax, have a meal or check email without having to leave the hospital grounds. The Ronald McDonald House of Durham anticipates hosting more than 1,300 families in the house and 40,000 visits to the family rooms in the coming year. They rely on the support of the community and volunteers to help meet the needs of these families. Holly Hutchinson, community outreach manager for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, explains: Volunteers provide a clean place to relax, activity nights, and home cooked meals....

So No One Goes Hungry: Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

For over 30 years, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has provided food for those at risk of hunger in 34 counties in the state. The nonprofit organization serves as a link between food donors and a network of partner agencies that provide the donations to those in need. Feeding Those in Need for 30 Years Over half a million people struggle with hunger in the North Carolina counties served by the Food Bank. About 30% of those people are children. The elderly make up 8%. An additional 30% are people who have jobs but are unable to buy food because their income only covers necessities such as housing and medicine. The mission of the Food Bank is to ensure No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina. Last year the organization worked toward that goal by distributing a record 52 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of 43.5 million meals, to residents of the counties it serves. How the Food Bank Works Items are donated to the Food Bank through retailers, farmers, manufacturers and community food drives where it is stored in one of the six distribution centers in North Carolina. Donations have to be sorted and repackaged so that they can be picked up or delivered to over 800 of the partner agencies they serve in each county. There are several types of partner agencies that use the donations in different ways. For example, food pantries provide groceries for people to take home. Soup kitchens and emergency shelters use the food to cook hot meals for people in need. The Food Bank...