New Year, New You – Give Back in 2016 by Volunteering!

“New Year, New You”, is a common saying, heard mostly between the end of December and the beginning of January. There’s no doubt we’ll see all different types of variations of it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. But what if you could set a New Year’s resolution to be more giving, more kind, perhaps to even be someone’s hero–without having to create a whole new you? What if you could fulfill this resolution on your own schedule and by using the skills you already have? Activate Good can help. Resolve to Do Good by Volunteering in 2016! Simply create a FREE account with Activate Good, and we’ll help match you with Triangle nonprofits that need volunteers just like you! You can even specify when you’d like to look for volunteer opportunities by date–so if you have a day off work or school or a specific weekend you want to volunteer, we can work with that and help you find something for that time period. Help Triangle Nonprofits in Need Nonprofits are always in need of volunteers to be successful- why couldn’t you be that volunteer? Visit us at activategood.org and we’ll get you started on your New Year’s resolution...
Frontline Families: Engaging Service Members and Military Families in Volunteer Leadership

Frontline Families: Engaging Service Members and Military Families in Volunteer Leadership

Activate Good is excited to join other organizations across the country in participating in Frontline Families, an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, to engage service members, veterans and their families in volunteer leader training. About Frontline Families Frontline Families is a military and veteran reintegration program that inspires Military Families to serve on the frontline of their communities to address the most pressing challenges in our country. Frontline Family Corps Members will train Military Families as volunteer leaders and conduct community service projects to address pressing community needs and recruit and retain volunteer leaders. At the same time, the program supports the successful reintegration of military families by serving as the bridge that will connect the military with the community through civic engagement and improve the physical and mental well-being of the MilVet population through social and physical activities. Position Descriptions We’re currently seeking candidates to fill three AmeriCorps positions serving with Activate Good starting in January 2016: Full Time, 11 month term of service Part Time position 1, 9 month term of service Part Time position 2, 9 month term of service Apply by December 31, 2015. We hope you will share these job descriptions with those who may be interested! Anyone can apply. We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative and eager to get started!  ...

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....

Shop and Do Good at The Handmade Market on November 14!

We’re excited to announce that Activate Good will be the featured charity of The Handmade Market, taking place this weekend! The Handmade Market, in its 19th installment, is one of the Southeast’s most highly anticipated shopping events, and is produced by The Handmaidens. Attending the Handmade Market The Handmade Market is a two-day, indoor designer craft fair and marketing event featuring handcrafted goods from more than 50 artists, designers, and crafters. The event is FREE to attend, and will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 14. A preview shopping evening will also take place on Friday, November 13, from 7-9 p.m, and it is $5 to enter. The Handmade Market will be held at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh — entrance is located at 215 Wolf Street in City Market, just south of Moore Square. How Does the Handmade Market Work? So how does the Handmade Market work? Interested artists, crafters, and designers apply for The Handmade Market throughout the summer and early fall. Applicants are then juried and accepted into the event wtih a focus on local and regional artists. The jury — made up of artists, designers, and crafters of varying media experience — concentrated on designers that represent diverse groups of modern handcrafts including jewelry, children’s goods, men and women’s apparel, fashion accessories, home goods, bath and body, fine art, and stationery. Activate Good and The Handmade Market The Handmade Market includes a fundraiser to benefit a local charity, and this year, that’s us, Activate Good! To support Activate Good at the event, enter the raffle! Donations of $3 or more qualify to win spectacular swag. If...

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...

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...