Join us for Sunday Supper

Join us for Sunday Supper

Activate Good cordially invites you to honor Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with us by attending our 2nd annual Sunday Supper at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 15 at Joel Lane’s Public House in downtown Raleigh! You’ll share a meal with community members, volunteers, and participating nonprofits to discuss issues in our community and how you can be a part of solving them. The cost of this event is $10 which includes a meal and non-alcoholic beverage. Space is limited, so RSVP to join us for supper. Sunday Suppers are part of a national effort by the Points of Light Institute that will be taking place all across the country on Sunday, January 15. Dr. King envisioned a “beloved community” where brotherhood is a reality that does not allow poverty, hunger and homelessness to exist. Sunday Suppers will capture this spirit by bringing together citizens from all walks of life to build community over dinner. This year Activate Good welcomes several nonprofits partners to lead the dinner discussions, including but not limited to the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, Transforming Hope Ministries, Band Together, Safe Haven for Cats, StepUp Ministry, Track My Steps, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Inspired to take action? Before, during, and after the Sunday Supper, community members are also invited to join Activate Good’s online volunteer community, where they can sign up to volunteer on MLK Day or for other volunteer activities with these and other causes! Activate Good is a nonprofit volunteer center that activates volunteers to help local causes in our community by connecting...
Happy Holidays 2011!

Happy Holidays 2011!

Activate Good wishes you and yours a Happy Holiday! Good cheer and good deeds abound this season. Check out some of the ways you can get involved in the do-gooding as 2011 reaches its end, from helping those in need with food, coats, and toys, to pledging to continue the good in 2012 with Resolution 12. Also, our friends at Brasco Design + Marketing have a little gift for our Nonprofit partners. Read on to learn more! Give Back around the Triangle Causes are always in need of passionate volunteers, this season and year-round! Create a volunteer account in our Volunteer Community and sign up for area cause’s volunteer needs. ‘Tis the season for giving, and through Zach’s Toy Chest you can give the gift of joy to a child with cancer. Toys are currently being collected to bring cheer to these kids. For ideas on what to give, check out their Wish List! The Salvation Army of Wake County is also facing a shortage this year in gifts after seeing an increase in participants for their annual Angel Tree program. Learn more about this and how you can help. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the Triangle is hungry? Here are some ways you can support the efforts of our friends over at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, good folks who are working together to end hunger during the holidays. WRAL is hosting their 23rd annual Coats for the Children drive this year: Learn how you can help keep kids warm. There are hundreds of other organizations in the local area in need this season, too. The News & Observer has made it easy to find charities that are...

Red Light Film & Art Project

Join Activate Good and Ekklesia Church at Raleigh on Thursday, December 8 for the Red Light Film & Art Project‘s free screening of the movie TRADE. Film and art have a way of speaking to the deepest parts of us. The Red Light Film & Art Project wants to leverage this power to help the community move toward action on issues like human trafficking, a devastating problem happening in NC and across the U.S. Donations are welcome, and will benefit Transforming Hope Ministries’ efforts to build the area’s first safe home for formerly trafficked girls.   About The Screening When: Thursday, December 8, 6:45PM Where: Mission Valley Cinema (Map It) What: The movie TRADE follows the kidnapping and selling of a 13yr-old Hispanic girl into the U.S. It depicts the very cruel and very real world of sex-trafficking in America. Can you make it? RSVP on EventBrite! The Issue According to the Polaris Project, human trafficking is “a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.” Did you know? There are approximately 27 million slaves world-wide. Human trafficking is a $9 billion industry in the U.S. alone. The average age of entry into the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old. NC is ranked 8th on the FBI’s list of states most likely...
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!”...

After The Storm

On April 16, 2011, Sandi, our esteemed Board Treasurer, and I joined other nonprofits and community members at the Raleigh Volunteer Fair to celebrate and promote the volunteer spirit. We had no idea that 15 minutes before the end of the Fair we’d be asked to head down to the building’s basement and take cover: A tornado was coming. Nonprofits and Fair attendees hurried to gather their things. The sky had turned dark outside the large windows in the Wake County Commons Building, adding to a sense of urgency to band together. Sandi bundled up our things and joined the trail of people heading out the door toward the steps to the basement. I wasn’t far behind, adjusting my grip on our presentation board laden with past pictures of our own smiling volunteers. As I walked ahead of a few of the Fair attendees, I looked back at one and remarked, “We’re lucky.” He raised a quizzical brow at me, so I quickly clarified: “This is probably the best group of people possible to get stuck with in a situation like this: Nonprofit leaders and public servants; people out there all the time helping our community.” After a thoughtful pause, he nodded and replied: “You know, I never thought about it like that – you’re right.” In the basement with all of us packed in, anxiety was a quiet, but present force. Discussions were held in low voices for roughly a half an hour until a woman announced to us in an authoritative voice, “It’s okay for you all to get into your cars and drive home.” We all...