Activate Good’s 2013 Greatest Hits

In 2013, Activate Good had the chance to help great causes, meet great people, and have a great time doing it! Check out some of this year’s greatest hits: 1. In January we dined with folks from all walks of life, discussing issues our community faces and ways we can all be part of the solution at our 3rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper. 2. The members of our inaugural Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council convened for the first time. With all these business-savvy do-gooders in a room together, we could tell it was going to lead to great things. 3. In the spring, we piloted our first ever “Pro Heroes” program, matching local professionals with high-impact pro bono projects benefiting awesome nonprofits. The results? 35 local pros took on 15 projects, gave 422 pro bono volunteer hours, and provided services worth over $67,000 for causes in need (Read more about these results! And: Get involved in Pro Heroes 2014!). 4. In the summer, we answered the challenge to match funds granted by the AJ Fletcher Foundation by launching a contest to identify a fresh-faced mascot to represent Activate Good in 2013! Dog and gorilla battled it out for a grueling month. In the end, donors picked their favorite candidate, Mr. Bongo. 5. On September 11, we mobilized and ecstatically joined nearly 1500 locals to volunteer at over 40 projects around the Triangle, including an evening commemoration and concert at Red Hat Amphitheater, and were reminded that doing good can unite a community. 6. We asked the city to work with us to show how vital volunteerism is for Raleigh....
Help Spread the Word: Activate Raleigh 2013 – 9/11 Day of Service

Help Spread the Word: Activate Raleigh 2013 – 9/11 Day of Service

The vision: Over 1,500 volunteers rallying to improve Raleigh and the Triangle on Wednesday, September 11. Come make a huge impact this 9/11 Day of Service by participating in one (or more!) of the 40+ service projects taking place around Raleigh and the Triangle throughout the day. In the evening, we’re inviting you to join us for an Evening Commemoration + Service Projects, including words from Mayor Nancy McFarlane and live music at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. We hope you’ll join us. We also hope you’ll help us spread the word! Here’s How You Can Help Pick your favorite daytime service project from the list, then sign up, tell others, or do both! RSVP for the Evening Commemoration + Service Projects… then invite your friends! Part of a local club, organization, or church? Invite members to adopt a daytime service project, come to the Evening Commemoration, or both! Print the Activate Raleigh 2013 poster and hang it in your office! Save / download this Facebook cover image or Post image and upload it to your Facebook page(s) to show support! Tweet about the available service projects, the Evening Commemoration, or how awesome the live music will be (or all of the above). Copy / paste the code for one of these Activate Raleigh 2013 badges onto your blog or website: Activate Raleigh 2013 Widgets: http://activategood.org/activateraleigh2013/spreadtheword Evening Commemoration EventBrite Widget: <div style=”width:195px; text-align:center;” ><iframe  src=”https://www.eventbrite.com/countdown-widget?eid=7902979023″ frameborder=”0″ height=”500″ width=”195″ marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ scrolling=”no” allowtransparency=”true”></iframe><div style=”font-family:Helvetica, Arial; font-size:10px; padding:5px 0 5px; margin:2px; width:195px; text-align:center;” ><a style=”color:#ddd; text-decoration:none;” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.eventbrite.com/r/ecount”>Event Registration Online</a><span style=”color:#ddd;”> for </span><a style=”color:#ddd; text-decoration:none;” target=”_blank” href=”https://9-11eveningcommemoration.eventbrite.com?ref=ecount”>Activate Raleigh 2013 Evening Commemoration + Service Project</a>...

Volunteers build piece of Raleigh’s sustainable future

On a rainy Saturday, July 13, Activate Good volunteers gathered in a downtown Raleigh warehouse to help create elements for the Wilder’s Grove Project, a community based art installation. The installation has been commissioned by the City of Raleigh’s Half-Percent for Art public art program, which is implemented by the Raleigh Arts Commission’s Public Art and Design Board. The artists behind the project, Matt McConnell (McConnell Studios), Lee Cherry (NCSU College of Design), and Marc Russo (NCSU College of Design), hope to raise awareness of the impact of waste on the environment and the importance of thoughtful waste management. When complete, the wall will be installed inside Wilders Grove Service Center – Raleigh’s new 27-acre recycling solid waste facility on Beacon Lake Drive. The center is the nation’s first integrated solid waste facility and was built to LEED Platinum standards, which measure a building’s sustainability. Facilitating sustainability in Raleigh The facility reduces energy consumption by more than 40 percent using renewable geothermal energy, LED lighting, solar photo voltaic panels and a web-based building control system. Recycled building materials were incorporated throughout construction of the facility and nearly 95 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. The art installation will feature an 8×40 foot wall covered with items that are usually recycled, including cardboard boxes, plastic bags and fabric scraps. The materials will have a kaleidoscope theme that mimic the colors and shapes found in nature. The wall will also include interactive videos that explain the recycling process. McConnell said they asked for help from the community because they wanted to go beyond just having the public view the...