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...

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...

Katie Collins Boosts Fundraising Efforts for Note in the Pocket

Professional Fundraiser Katie Collins is using her skills to give Note in the Pocket a fund development boost. Katie has earned her nickname as “The Ultimate Fundraiser” through her many years of experience working the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fidelity Charitable. About Katie Collins A recent transplant from Boston to Raleigh, Katie likes trying out new restaurants around the area in her free time, considering herself a ‘true foodie’. She also loves helping out the community, and knew volunteering with Note in the Pocket would be a good fit for her right from the start. Working with Note in the Pocket has been a tremendous opportunity for me. The staff and volunteers are an inspiration. As a professional with fundraising experience, I welcomed the chance to work with Note in the Pocket to help them augment their existing support from donors to build a solid foundation for additional fundraising efforts. After learning about Note in the Pocket’s important mission and work, as a mom, a resident of Wake County and a nonprofit professional, I felt a strong commitment to volunteering my time to help them in any way that I can. About Note in the Pocket Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. The organization believes that no child should suffer in their educational and social development because they lack sufficient appropriate clothes for school. Through varied community partnerships, Note in the Pocket clothes children with dignity and love. The organization started with one family that saw a need in the community and took it upon themselves to provide coats free of charge for children who were impoverished....

Jessica Griffin Volunteers Event Planning Skills for Wade Edwards Learning Lab

Jessica Griffin, otherwise known as “The Social Planner”, is volunteering her skills to help Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) create a plan for their 20th anniversary campaign and fundraising event. Boosting Education with the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) The mission of Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) is to provide the student community with opportunities for achievement, enrichment and service, in preparation for personal and academic success. Approaching its 20th anniversary, WELL hopes to engage the community in a year-long effort to celebrate their work and recognize past supporters. With hopes for a spring event and campaign to rally support for expanding its services in 2016, WELL needed a passionate event planning pro to make the vision a reality. Local young professional, Jessica Griffin, was eager to be of service. According to WELL’s Foundation coordinator, Elizabeth Ruf: Working with Jessica has been great. She has an incredible vision and the technical skills to help us piece together a successful event strategy. Jessica is so kind and enthusiastic about helping us achieve our goals. I’m truly excited to see what she comes up with and for the ability to take a vision, run with it, and then seeing the end results. Jessica Griffin, Triangle Nonprofit Champion Jessica is long time resident of the Triangle and with eight years of experience working in nonprofit development and event planning with organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NC Bar Organization. Jessica believes that everyone should contribute their time and talent to give back to the community and is excited about the opportunity to help WELL advance their mission through Activate Good’s Pro Heroes program: Working with the staff at...

Ruth Peebles Bolsters Band Together

President and founder of the INS group, Ruth Peebles, joins our 2015 Activate Good Pro Heroes program line up as “The Innovative Solutioner”. No stranger to the local nonprofit community, Ruth is using her skills and volunteering to bolster Band Together‘s grant writing strategy. About Band Together Band Together’s tagline says it all: “Raise funds. Raise awareness. Raise the bar.” Created after September 11, 2001, Band Together’s mission is to build capacity for Triangle-area nonprofits by amplifying their impact on the community in which we live, using live music as a platform for social change. Each year Band Together chooses a partner charity with the potential to reach a major milestone with funding support. To do this, Band Together itself must build its funding resources. Enter: Ruth Peebles, The Innovative Solutioner. Using Professional Skills to Provide Solutions Ruth is a veteran in the nonprofit industry with over 26 years of experience in providing innovative solutions related to nonprofit management, resource development and grant writing. Ruth’s grant writing consultation will help Band Together diversify its funding base, build its own capacity and ensure long-term sustainability. I first learned about Band Together’s innovative mission to support nonprofits and the Triangle community about 14 years ago while I was serving as Development Director of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. With her extensive experience and long list of past nonprofit clients from Loaves and Fishes Ministry to Communities In Schools of Wake County, Band Together Executive Director Matt Strickland thinks Ruth is the perfect professional to help Band Together “raise the bar”: I have been so impressed by the ease and professionalism of our Pro...