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“The Social Connector” (alias Shannon Ritchie) Saves the Day!

By day, Shannon Ritchie is director of online engagement at the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. This month, though, she stars as the Pro Hero known as “The Social Connector” as she participates in Activate Good’s Pro Heroes Month by sharing her social media prowess pro bono with The Healing Place of Wake County. The Healing Place of …

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“Captor of Images” (Janelle Vadnais) Helps Others Seize Success

  Photographer, writer, and do-gooder Janelle Vadnais has unveiled a not-so-secret identity as the “Captor of Images” and is using her talents to help the heroic women of Dress for Success Triangle NC. Vadnais is a Brooklyn-born, Long-Island-bred transplant to Raleigh whose athletic prowess and Google-fu are legendary, but it’s her ability to wield a …

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“The Money Maker” (alias Jamie Hahn) Runs to Our Aid

  It may be no coincidence that Pro Hero Jamie Hahn is considering training for a half-marathon, because she’s certainly running to the aid of two local nonprofits: the Helps Education Fund and the Raleigh City Farm. Hahn may seem like a mild-mannered fundraising consultant, but she spends her days at her Raleigh-based company, Sky …

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Volunteering and Your Tax Return

Here at Activate Good, we often extol the many virtues of volunteering: learning new skills, meeting new people, and especially the personal satisfaction of making an impact in the community! But did you know there may also be some tax savings benefits to volunteering? The federal government recognizes the importance of community service and permits …

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5 badass women whose volunteerism changed the world

  In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, here’s a tribute to five badass women in history whose giving spirits changed the world. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman had spent her …

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Pro Heroes Month: How It Works, How To Volunteer

Looking for volunteer opportunities in Raleigh, Durham, or around the Triangle? See our up-to-date list of needs from hundreds of local nonprofits.  We recently announced the launch of our new pilot volunteer initiative, Pro Heroes Month!  Pro Heroes Month – April 2013 – is a month-long initiative to complete high-impact pro bono volunteer projects for …

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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 …

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Activate Love with acts of kindness this Valentine’s Day

  This post brought to you by Heather Leah, editor in chief of Candid Slice and a guest blogger for Activate Good in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 11-17, 2013. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” – Mother Teresa Everyone’s been single for Valentine’s …

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