Now Through April 14: Donate Clothing for Kids at b.good!

On April 1, 2015, our friends at North Hills restaurant, b.good, kicked off a two week campaign to help kids in need. Folks can stop in now through April 14, 2015, and donate clothing and shoes to be distributed to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County through Note in the Pocket, one of our amazing Triangle nonprofit partners. This is a great way to gear up for National Volunteer Week in the Triangle! Drop off a Donation at b.good Want to help out? Note in the Pocket can accept new and gently used shoes and clothing of all sizes. Top needs right now include: GIRLS: Size 7 long sleeve shirts and pants, Size 16 all pants and tops BOYS: Sizes 5 through 14 regular pants, Sizes 8 through 14 long sleeve shirts Always Needed: Women’s tops sizes 14 and up, Children’s tennis shoes sizes 1 – 4, packs of new socks and underwear of all sizes Volunteer During National Volunteer Week As part of National Volunteer Week, on Tuesday, April 14, you can also come in to b.good and volunteer to help write the notes of encouragement that will accompany every clothing donation. As an added treat, anyone who donates clothing items is eligible for a free b.good Carrot Cake Smoothie through April 14. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, volunteers are needed to help sort clothing donations at Note in the Pocket’s offices (limited space: Sign up here!). About the event, owner of b.good Raleigh, Steve Woodward, had the following to say: We are so blessed to live, raise our families and work in a thriving community where economic growth is robust, technology is cutting edge, and educational standards are second to...

Judy Roozen Volunteers Graphic Design Skills to Help AnimalKind

Graphic designer and former art director, Judy Roozen, otherwise known as “Graphic Gala Guru Girl” (or G4 for short), is volunteering her creative skills to create an informational brochure for local nonprofit, AnimalKind. This is the perfect match for animal lover, Roozen, who enjoys sharing ideas with the organization. This Graphic Gala Guru Girl was a superhero long before we met her; Roozen was as a regular volunteer for the Red Cross, and she was also pro-bono graphic designer for the E3 Project. Roozen is even taking on an additional Pro-Heroes project, working with the Hope Center at Pullen. Concerning her continuous volunteer engagement, Roozen comments, Life should be fun and I approach my projects with the same zest. Volunteering to Help AnimalKind AnimalKind grew out of a national need to address the overpopulation of adoptable cats and dogs in shelters. Research shows that over 80% of animal overpopulation stems from low-income neighborhoods where spay/neutering is neither affordable nor accessible. That said, this Triangle nonprofit is on the road to solving this problem by providing affordable spay/neutering to the lowest-income pet owners in order to prevent unwanted litters. Roozen Uses Pro Skills to Raise Awareness for AnimalKind Raising awareness in order to engage more clients, volunteers, and supporters is AnimalKind’s biggest challenge right now. The brochure will help to educate all of these groups, develop a more cohesive brand image, and engage people at partner organizations and events that might not have otherwise known about the mission of AnimalKind. Laura Walton, Outreach Director for Animal Kind, is very happy with the progress of the project so far and it’s potential impact: The project...

Eagle Video Productions Raises Awareness for Triangle Family Services

Eagle Video Productions is well known around the Triangle for boasting more than 20 years of award-winning video production, but they are no stranger to heroic acts of volunteerism. Founder and executive producer, Bruce Wittman explains: Every year Eagle Video Productions Inc produces one fund-raising video for a worthy nonprofit. We produce a five minute video suitable for streaming over their website, donate 50 -100 DVDs, produce a HD TV PSA and a radio PSA. Each project is worth between $20,000 to $30,000. Eagle Video Honored to Give Back This year, Eagle Video Productions is honored to create fund-raising and PSA videos for Triangle Family Services (TFS), a 77 year old human services agency that provides a safety net through financial stability, family safety, and mental health programs for families in crisis. The core of Triangle Family Services is providing tools that move families from crisis to self-sufficiency, and they need an innovative, visual video strategy to highlight their lasting impact. Bruce is blown away by the progress TFS is making on shifting a generation away from relying on public assistance, and is excited to dive into this project head first. We hope to tell their story, describe their successful programs, educate potential donors and highlight the fact that Triangle Family Services saves our county millions of tax-payer dollars each year. All this in five minutes or less! Raising Awareness for Triangle Family Services Triangle Family Services hopes that these videos will create a broader brand awareness that people can identify with and relate to, especially in the young professional demographic. The ultimate goal is for more families to learn about...

Activate Schools spotlight: Raleigh Charter High School

This blog post highlights the volunteer adventures of Activate Schools program supporter, Raleigh Charter High School! About the Activate Schools program Activate Schools is Activate Good’s initiative to empower the next generation of young volunteers and community leaders. Through the Activate Schools initiative, Activate Good works with local high schools to integrate our Community Leadership & Service class into their curriculum in the form of an elective class for students. Learn more about Activate Schools program. Subscribe to our Activate Schools newsletter for information on teen volunteering, national scholarships for service, service-learning and more. Raleigh Charter High School rallies students for Community Work Days By Hannah Page, Community Liaison for Raleigh Charter High School Each year, the faculty, staff, and students of Raleigh Charter High School carry out our Community Work Day program. Every teacher works with a group of 13-16 students to address an issue, cause, or organizational need. Students select from a list of these programs at the beginning of the year; they then participate in one major Work Day in the fall, and one in the spring. All groups hold planning sessions in advance of these sessions to hear from speakers associated with organizations dedicated to their issue or cause, and to plan for the activities they carry out on the larger work day.     As of February 2015, there are 33 different Community Work Day groups focusing on areas ranging from mental health awareness, to environmental conservation, to addressing homelessness and hunger. In most cases, the teachers have chosen an issue or organization that means a great deal to them personally. Some of the organizations we...

Volunteers Create A Winter Wonderland At AnimalKind’s ReTails Thrift Shop

On a crisp, cold Saturday morning, fourteen Activate Good volunteers met at ReTails Thrift Shop to work on a new project: decorating the window displays of the store. The ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by Triangle nonprofit, AnimalKind, and volunteers were asked to create a winter wonderland display using snow-themed craft projects along with items found in the store. Supporting the AnimalKind Mission Outreach Coordinator for AnimalKind, Laura Walton, recently began asking volunteer groups to decorate their display windows to encourage passersby to stop in and shop. She also wanted the displays to inform the public of AnimalKind’s mission: …to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters. Volunteers created two 3-dimensional displays in two windows and two large posters for the adjoining windows. After introductions and learning more about AnimalKind, volunteers chose the projects they wanted to work on. Volunteer Projects with AnimalKind Some of the projects that volunteers completed while at the ReTails Thrift Shop included: Cutting out snowflakes Making paper penguins Building a snowman out of plastic bags And More! Volunteers worked steadily for two hours, chatting about the projects and coming up with ideas for the displays. Before the volunteers began, Laura explained how the Retails Thrift Shop would be moving to a larger location in order to accommodate more donations. One of the posters that volunteers created displayed details about the new location, the grand opening, and the types of donations that the store is seeking. Once their projects were completed, the volunteers hung dozens of snowflakes (which they had previously cut out). The volunteers then worked on arranging the displays using other items they had...

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...

Activate Good to Be Honored at Leadership Triangle Awards Gala

  On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Activate Good will be one of five organizations to receive the prestigious Goodmon Award at the 2014 Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, being held in Durham, NC. The Gala is the only annual awards event that specifically celebrates leadership that reaches beyond municipal borders in the Triangle. Activate Good is thrilled to be recognized among other honorees this year:  First Flight Venture Center (FFVC), Katie Wyatt (founder and Executive Director of Kidznotes),  GoTriangle Regional TDM Partnership, and Beth Turner (founder of Girls Rock NC). The Goodmon Award & Honored Guests The Goodmon Award is named after James F. Goodmon, President/CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, Chair Emeritus of Leadership Triangle, and a leader in promoting regional collaboration and development. The 2014 award recipients include individuals and organizations that have made significant and measurable contributions to the quality of life and economic health of the Triangle region through demonstrated leadership in the categories of Economic Development, Arts and Entertainment, Strategic Partnership, Goodmon Fellow, and Community Service. The award is facilitated by Leadership Triangle, a nonprofit established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle through leadership development programming. Helping Connect Volunteers & Triangle Nonprofits Activate Good is honored to be a recipient at this year’s gala. In 2013 alone, Activate Good facilitated 4,181 volunteer connections, providing a value of over $260,000 in volunteer services to 180 charities in the Triangle. Currently, Activate Good partners with more than 240 Triangle nonprofit organizations, helping to connect them with more than 7,000 volunteers throughout the area. Activate Good Executive Director, Amber Smith, is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Triangle Personal Leadership...

Nonprofit Pro Bono Project Applications open for Pro Heroes 2015!

Nonprofit Applications for pro bono projects for Pro Heroes 2015 are due December 15, 2014! Selected projects will be announced December 20-31, 2014. Nonprofit Partners: Download the Pro Heroes 2015 application About Activate Good’s Pro Heroes pro bono program In 2013, Activate Good piloted Pro Heroes, an initiative through which Triangle area professionals complete pro bono volunteer projects benefiting chosen nonprofit partners in a designated period of time. Volunteers and their nonprofit partners were highlighted on our blog and social media. That first year, we were able to match 14 professionals or teams of professionals with projects to assist 13 local charities. In 2014, we extended the duration of Pro Heroes and professionals could complete their matched projects throughout the Spring.  We were excited to have 16 nonprofits and 24 professionals involved in our 2014 initiative. The program is also graciously supported by the Cary Community Foundation. Pro Heroes pro bono project results so far Pro Heroes 2013 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 367 – 477 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $67,670 Pro Heroes 2014 Total Estimated Volunteer Hours: 540-570 Market Value of donated pro bono services to participating causes: $105,010 That’s a total market value of $172,680 to date! Nonprofits: Have Questions? Contact Rose at volunteer@activategood.org Or: Are you a professional or company interested in completing a pro bono project from January – April 2015? Complete our Interest Form HERE and get notified when we’re ready to start matching projects!  ...
The Power of Volunteering as a Family

The Power of Volunteering as a Family

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, National Family Volunteer Day kicked off the holiday season with do-gooding. Here in the Triangle, Activate Good hosted service projects for families to come together as a unit to make an impact for local causes. Family Volunteering Efforts Here are the beautiful results from all of the families who came out to give back to the Triangle community: Socks, underwear, coats and more collected for kids in need 8-10 fleece blankets and 15-25 scarves crafted for the homeless Food packaged and sorted for the hungry 24 umbrellas made for kids in need 20 cards crafted for kids in the hospital 150 volunteers united as a family to help the community! Volunteering As A Family Below, we’ve collected some of the heartwarming quotes that Triangle families shared with us on National Family Volunteer Day. “[It was] a great family time together helping others.” –Marta S. “We are our brother and sister’s keeper.” –Charlotte H. “We’ve been blessed with so much. Family Volunteer Day is a chance for us to share our blessings with others.” –Julia J. “It’s been helpful for our girl scout troops. We’ve been searching for volunteer opportunities, and this gives us a way to connect.” -Lisa A. “It’s a chance to help others and be together with 3 generations of my family.” –Steve K. “It’s a way to be together and show our kids that you can make a difference in someone’s life – even by doing something small.” –Katie G. “We get to help the homeless stay warm on cold days. It makes me feel happy because the homeless people can stay...

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...