Jeanne Allen Helps Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Focus Their Future

Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen, otherwise known as “Jumping Jive Jeanne,” is volunteering her strategic super-skills to help Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem with Board Development. About Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen With over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Jeanne has taken on a variety of management and staff positions including Instructor/Manager in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Independent Consultant with nonprofits, and Management Consultant/Trainer at Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters in New York City. Jeanne’s credentials don’t stop there. She’s worked with organizations covering a wide variety of causes, including environmental, youth development, health issues, advocacy, racial equity and domestic violence. Jeanne is a newswire contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly, and serves on the Editorial Board for Change, the journal for NTEN nonprofit leaders, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Giving Back to Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Jeanne knows the power of board strategy can take an organization to the next level, and used her myriad of skills to help local children in need through Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem: The Friends of Wake Guardian Ad Litem is a committed group that was having challenges moving forward with their ideas. At the board retreat, I facilitated their discussion which helped them accomplish critical decision making and focus their future. They left quite happy with their accomplishments. Providing Children with Enrichment Opportunities The mission of Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and their caregivers through programs which support their physical, educational and emotional wellbeing. The mission also involves providing support for the...

Uriah King Helps Oakwood Cemetery With Strategic Planning

Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a nonprofit cemetery dedicated to serving families first and foremost when they need it most, but to also provide outdoor museum educational experiences for locals and visitors alike. Historic Oakwood Cemetery has greatly expanded their presence in the community during the past couple of years and is now turning its attention to strategically handling this increased visibility. That’s where Uriah King came in. About Pro Hero, Uriah King Uriah King is a local young nonprofit professional employed by day at Self-Help Credit Union, and is no stranger to helping nonprofits plan for their future. Using his skills, Uriah is helping develop a strategic plan that will enable Historic Oakwood Cemetery to address its growth and continue to increase community awareness and public involvement with the organization. Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery, knows the value of planning ahead for success in the future and present: Oakwood Cemetery is fortunate to have [Uriah] develop a Strategic Plan for the Cemetery. Looking forward 50 to 100 years,  I am certain this exercise will greatly benefit future boards. Aligning Mission & Methods for Triangle Nonprofits Uriah’s passion for strategic planning makes this project a great match: I am honored and humbled to help facilitate a renewed strategic vision for the Historic Oakwood Cemetery.  The cemetery well represents the varied and rich history of not only Raleigh, but all of North Carolina. Learn more about Activate Good’s Pro Heroes Initiative. Looking for more ways to use your skills for good? Check out these current volunteer...

Linda Van De Zande Uses Design Skills To Raise Awareness for Triangle Family Services

Linda Van De Zande, otherwise known as “Ms VdZ”, is volunteering her graphic design skills to create an annual report for Triangle Family Services. A graduate from NC State University’s School of Design, Linda has extensive experience in graphic design and currently works for North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and a freelance resume including Wendy’s, WCPSS, and other small businesses in the Triangle. When she’s not designing, Linda enjoys spending time outdoors, sewing and knitting, visiting her kids. Using Her Skills to Help Other Triangle Families The most important thing to Linda is taking care of her family, and when her family needed support, a number of people and organizations helped them get back on their feet. By using her skills to spread the world about Triangle Family Services, Linda is able to make a contribution to other struggling families: I am so glad to learn about Triangle Family Services; I am even more excited to use design to spread the news that this great organization is out there, and to help Triangle Family Services help families get past rough spots. About Triangle Family Services Triangle Family Services is a 77 year-old human services agency that provides a hand up to struggling families. Credentialed staff provide case management to move families in crisis into more stable and self-sufficient situations with programs focusing on family safety, financial stability, and mental health. Generating Brand Awareness for Triangle Family Services Even though Triangle Family Services is well respected, they lack brand name recognition and awareness. The goal of Linda’s project is to create a relevant brand awareness campaign that people can relate to and...

Katie Collins Boosts Fundraising Efforts for Note in the Pocket

Professional Fundraiser Katie Collins is using her skills to give Note in the Pocket a fund development boost. Katie has earned her nickname as “The Ultimate Fundraiser” through her many years of experience working the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fidelity Charitable. About Katie Collins A recent transplant from Boston to Raleigh, Katie likes trying out new restaurants around the area in her free time, considering herself a ‘true foodie’. She also loves helping out the community, and knew volunteering with Note in the Pocket would be a good fit for her right from the start. Working with Note in the Pocket has been a tremendous opportunity for me. The staff and volunteers are an inspiration. As a professional with fundraising experience, I welcomed the chance to work with Note in the Pocket to help them augment their existing support from donors to build a solid foundation for additional fundraising efforts. After learning about Note in the Pocket’s important mission and work, as a mom, a resident of Wake County and a nonprofit professional, I felt a strong commitment to volunteering my time to help them in any way that I can. About Note in the Pocket Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. The organization believes that no child should suffer in their educational and social development because they lack sufficient appropriate clothes for school. Through varied community partnerships, Note in the Pocket clothes children with dignity and love. The organization started with one family that saw a need in the community and took it upon themselves to provide coats free of charge for children who were impoverished....

H.T. Major Improves the Online Presence of PLM Families Together

Harmony “H.T.” Major, otherwise known as “The Prez”, is volunteering her web development and online marketing skills to help PLM Families Together improve their online presence. About Harmony “H.T.” Major Harmony is the owner and founder of ExcellentPresence.com, where she advises established, minority-and women-owned small businesses on how to strategically use their web presence to get more clients from the Internet, and grow business consistently. Harmony started her first successful Web business in 1998, converting it to full-time in less than one year — all before her 20th birthday. Harmony has found several volunteer opportunities through Activate Good in the past, but when she came upon the project for PLM Families Together, she jumped at the chance to help. Harmony felt this was perfect match between her web-development skills and a cause she is passionate about helping: To provide some insight, I was homeless as a young child… so their mission truly struck a strong chord. I first volunteered professionally for PLMFT one evening last year, and found myself fighting tears when I learned about how they do what they do, and the enormous impact they seek to make. Being so personally connected to the depth and importance of their work, it was a true honor to activate Excellent Presence to help PLM Families Together in their all-important quest to rally even more volunteers… to help change more lives. We’ll be excited to hear their results! About PLM Families Together PLM Families Together helps homeless families reach independence by providing housing and supportive services. By advocating for families to receive adequate and affordable housing, as well as offering ongoing support to...

Tim Geary Creates Meaningful Artwork for Me Fine Foundation

Freelance artist Tim Geary, otherwise known as “The Pastel Wizard”, is volunteering his skills as an artist to create meaningful artwork for the Me Fine Foundation to give to families that have lost children due to terminal diseases. About the Me Fine Foundation The mission of the Me Fine Foundation is to provide hope to critically ill children treated by children’s hospitals in North Carolina and their families through financial assistance, emotional support and necessary resources, regardless of race, diagnosis, religious affiliation or economic status. Tim’s paintings represent a “Perfect Day” for the family, and embody the legacy and spirit that the child left on this world. Tim specializes in pastel portraits and caricatures, and is excited to be able to put his skills to use for such a great cause. I am, indeed, thrilled to be part of your partnership. The honor of commemorating the life of a lost child – a lasting image in a single snapshot is both humbling and daunting. I can only hope that my small contribution brings a little joy or comfort to the families involved. Creating Meaningful Art for Families in Need Me Fine believes that no child or their family should have to go through treatment for a critical diagnosis alone. Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation, recognizes how these works of art bring meaning to the families affected by the tragedy of losing a child: Perhaps one of the toughest parts of our work is when we lose a child. Seeing families wage a gallant fight against disease, only to have their little one succumb despite monumental efforts, often...