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...

Why Volunteer in the Triangle? Here are 10 Reasons

It’s National Volunteer Week! To celebrate, we’re highlighting 10 awesome reasons to volunteer in the Triangle (or where ever you may be)! 10 Reasons to Volunteer in the Triangle Reason #1: To get in a good workout for a good cause! Reason #2: Because the Triangle is home. And that’s where our hearts are. Reason #3: To meet good people and have a good time WHILE helping a great cause. What could be better? Reason #4: New experiences! Learn to cook, build a roof, and meet a tiger. Reason #5: To get to know your community and be a part making it better. Reason #6: To teach your kids the importance of helping out. Reason #7: Because doing good makes for good quality time with family. Reason #8: To put your skills to good use for a great cause. Reason #9: To be a part of something bigger than yourself. Reason #10: To have FUN! Celebrate National Volunteer Week with us! Pick a volunteer activity and join us for a little do-gooding, and share your reasons and volunteer tales on social media to inspire others in your network to get involved. (Tag @activategood / Use hashtag #TriVolWeek2015 so we can find you and...

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...

National Family Volunteer Day: Quality Time Together

Looking for a new way to spend time with your family? I know I am always seeking new things to do in the Triangle with my bustling brood! Recently I have discovered one thing that truly equates to “quality time” – and that’s volunteering. The great thing about it is my kids love it just as much as I do. As a parent I want to do my best to provide them with hands-on learning experiences where they may even adopt some new skills. Making Memories & Volunteering in the Triangle Community When we have taken on these projects together we have truly made some memories and learned a few things along the way. We’ve also had some excellent conversations about the world and why it’s important to do such things as make cards for children in the hospital, pick vegetables at an urban garden for the hungry, donate our clothing to those less fortunate, and more. This is why I will engage them in the upcoming National Family Volunteer Day. On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Activate Good will bring together families from around the Triangle in recognition of National Family Volunteer Day – a day of service that celebrates the power of families who volunteer together while supporting their neighborhoods and local communities. Established more than two decades ago by Points of Light, National Family Volunteer Day was created to demonstrate the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to volunteer in their local communities. Kicking Off the Holiday Season with National Family Volunteer Day Also published in Triangle Mom2Mom and Raleigh & Co. Each year, National Family Volunteer...