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...

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...
Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?

On June 25th, a group of energetic Activate Good volunteers (including several of our board members) joined with youth and adult volunteers from Haven House Services to give Roxie, a dog in Garner, the life that all dogs deserve–One free to romp, jump, fetch, play, nap and relax without the confines of a heavy chain. “This was one of those projects where teamwork literally was key – it took a few people to hold up the fence, a few to get the posts in the ground, a few to secure the fencing. Every one had something to contribute toward our end goal of building a fenced in area where Roxie, the dog, could run around freely and happily!” ~Amber from Activate Good We want to thank one of our nonprofit partners, Haven House Services, for joining us in this rewarding experience.  Haven House Services is a nonprofit agency helps struggling young people and their families develop positive and successful relationships at home, at school, and in the community. Youth and staff from Haven House Service worked hard to put together Roxie’s fence with us! Wendy Hunt of Haven House services had this to say about the day spent doing good: “The kids really enjoyed the whole project! It’s definitely a change of pace from the work we usually do. The kids all love dogs and the opportunity to be around animals. They really enjoyed seeing the dogs released into their new fences. We hope that our Agency can partner with Activate Good in the future and look forward to new learning about opportunities for the youth that we serve!”...