Volunteer ‘Elves’ Transform InterAct for Holiday Bazaar

The weather outside was indeed frightful, but the atmosphere inside of InterAct of Wake County was buzzing with warmth as nearly 100 volunteers poured in, many bearing unwrapped gifts, food and decorations for the ‘Elf Party’.  The Elf Party is a special event, hosted by and for InterAct in preparation for their annual Holiday Bazaar. Amidst the excited chatter, there were handshakes, introductions and hugs, followed by undulating waves of silence and applause as the Broughton High School Chorus sang familiar holiday songs. And then it was time to get to work! InterAct’s Annual Client Holiday Bazaar The Holiday Bazaar is for families who have utilized InterAct’s services over the past year. The local community rallies together, donating gifts for both moms and for children, and the outpouring of support for the families InterAct has served is nothing short of moving. This year, InterAct will be hosting it’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, 2013. InterAct already has more than 80 families and over 200 children scheduled to attend the Holiday Bazaar this weekend.  During this time, families will come in and go shopping for one another, at no cost to them. If you’re in the local area, InterAct still needs your help before this Saturday rolls around! Check out the following link to find out what the remaining needs are: 2013 Holiday Bazaar Gift Suggestion Guide Volunteering as ‘Elves’ to Help Set Up the Bazaar The volunteers who attended the Elf Party were there to help transform the inside of InterAct into a store. And just as elves would do, the volunteers worked quickly, efficiently and happily as they...

TRiO Day highlights volunteerism as part of path to higher education

In addition to making an impact on the community, volunteering is increasingly recognized as a mechanism to boost access to leadership and education opportunities for youth. That’s one message of TRiO Day, a “national day of celebration, reflection, and action around increased access to higher education for disadvantaged students.” In Raleigh, NC State University is leading the TRiO Day charge. On Saturday, February 23, students from low-income families aiming to be the first in their families to graduate from college will gather to learn, lead, and volunteer. For these students, volunteer service is a natural part of their path to success. According to Sarah Wright, Student Support Services TRiO Program coordinator, “the purpose of [TRiO Day] is to bring attention to the needs of under resourced youth and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and the investment that is needed by our community to assist them in making their aspirations of higher education a reality.” At NC State University, TRiO students and staff will be engaging in three different service projects: Creating positive letters/cards to be sent to military families, sorting and packaging clothes with Note In The Pocket to be distributed to needy children in our region, and providing college-readiness advice and encouragement to the families of NCSU staff and the program target school communities. Activate Good President Amber Smith will be talking to students about the importance of volunteer service, service-related scholarships, and how to continue service throughout and beyond college. “Volunteerism isn’t just about service. It’s also about taking initiative to solve community problems, and leadership. We’re excited to participate in an event that highlights volunteerism as an...
Join us at our 2013 MLK Sunday Supper

Join us at our 2013 MLK Sunday Supper

  Activate Good invites you to join us for Raleigh’s 3rd Annual Sunday Supper on Sunday, January 20 from 5:30-7:30pm at The Hive of Busy Bee Cafe! RSVP Here. About the Sunday Supper Sunday Suppers will be taking place all across the nation on Sunday, January 20 as part of an initiative by the HandsOn Network / Points of Light Foundation. During Sunday Suppers, people from diverse backgrounds will come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community, and highlight the power each one of us has to make a difference. At the Sunday Supper, you’ll join fellow community members, Activate Good, and nonprofit partners who will facilitate dinner discussions on community issues: Health and Wellness Alzheimer’s Association-Eastern North Carolina You Call This Yoga National Students of AMF Converting Hearts Ministries Poverty Can I Live, Inc StepUp Ministry Education Wade Edwards Foundation Communities In Schools of NC The Helps Education Fund Homelessness & Housing Passage Home Habitat for Humanity-Wake County Youth Education for Successful Parenting Note in the Pocket Haven House Services Social Justice Human Rights Center Community Band Together   A big thanks to this year’s host, The Hive. They are graciously offering a special Sunday Supper menu and non-alcoholic beverage for $12/person (to be paid directly – in cash – to the restaurant on the 20th).  Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged!   MLK Day of Service Activate Good believes that when individuals reach across differences, meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with neighbors can occur. A sense of community is gained by neighbors working together on projects, resulting in stronger civic engagement and bringing us all closer to Dr. King’s legacy. At this...
Seeking Nonprofit Discussion Facilitators for 2013 MLK Sunday Supper

Seeking Nonprofit Discussion Facilitators for 2013 MLK Sunday Supper

We’re gearing up for our third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper on Sunday, January 20, 2013! At this time we’re recruiting representatives of our nonprofit partners to join us for dinner to present to community members about their organization, and facilitate dinner discussions on the issues and causes they champion in the community. Interested in representing your nonprofit and leading a discussion on homelessness, the environment, youth, poverty, and more? Complete the form below. (And check out photos from our Sunday Supper last year!)   Thanks so much to the nonprofit partners who signed up to present / facilitate discussion at this event! We’ve had a great response from you and have now closed this application. You are still welcome (and encouraged) to attend as a guest! RSVP here....
Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge!

Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge!

Activate Good kicked off the holiday season this year by showcasing volunteerism during the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge! During the Challenge, which runs from December 7 through December 20, over 60 charities from around the Triangle display trees with decorations inspired by their organization’s mission to garner votes for the chance to win a cash prize to support their work. Our own tree decorations consisted of ornaments featuring some of the wonderful volunteers we’ve worked with. We’ve been highlighting these ornaments and the stories of the volunteers they feature on our Facebook page this week. Help us take home a prize up to $5,000 by voting for our tree (number 65) online, or text “Tree65” to 46988! Check out our Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge video: Check out a few of our featured ornaments:        ...

WYWLA Students pitch projects at Service Project Fair

  Join Activate Good at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy Service Project Fair on Friday, November 16 at 9:00 AM at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, located on the Governor Morehead School campus in Raleigh (Lineberry Hall). [See campus map] Students from Activate Good’s Community Leadership & Service class at WYWLA will present their service project ideas to tackle community issues related to the environment, education, poverty, art and culture and more! Attendees are invited to help score students’ service project ideas, give students feedback on their concepts, and be a part of selecting the top service project idea to receive a $250 mini-grant from Activate Good to carry out their service project. Service Project Fair Agenda Guest Arrival and Check-In Time: 8:45 – 9:00 AM Student Presentation Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM Announcement of Winner: 11:00 – 11:30 AM (during lunch in the dining hall)...