52 Weeks; 52 Ways to Volunteer in the Triangle in 2014

52 Weeks; 52 Ways to Volunteer in the Triangle in 2014

You’ve already pledged your time to give back. Now it’s time to put that plan into action! Let’s join together and make 2014 the best year to volunteer in the Triangle! To help kick things off, we’ve listed 52 awesome ways to volunteer in the Triangle in 2014, each idea representing a single week throughout the year. Feel free to print this list off and tape it to your fridge as a weekly reminder; or bring it to work to share it with coworkers. Don’t forget–we have TONS of volunteer opportunities throughout the Triangle just waiting for someone like you to fill them! January Week 1 – Are you a working professional with a specific skill set? Adopt a high impact pro bono project for a local cause through the Activate Good Pro-Heroes Initiative. Week 2 – Donate unused gifts and/or clothing to your favorite Triangle charity organization. Week 3 – Volunteer for an hour or more at the Durham Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Week 4 –  Join Activate Good for dinner in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior weekend as we discuss community issues and how we can solve them during our 4th annual MLK Sunday Supper. Then, join others in volunteering throughout the Triangle community during the MLK Day of Service. (Love music? Check out this music-themed volunteer opportunity with MusicianCorps for MLK Day!) Week 5 – Speak Spanish? Help the Scott-Free Foundation reach local Latino communities to provide enriching camp experiences to youth! February Week 1 – Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by putting together dental hygiene kits for shelters. Include some fun activity sheets for kids...
Charity Movement, #GivingTuesday, Kicks Off Holiday Season

Charity Movement, #GivingTuesday, Kicks Off Holiday Season

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Activate Good, along with more than 10,000 associations worldwide participated in an online/offline movement called #GivingTuesday. In its second year, #GivingTuesday is a national charitable movement, created to celebrate and encourage activities that support nonprofit organizations. Purposely placed after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday appropriately kicks off the “giving season”. Participating partners were asked to create and commit to a project for #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word through their own networks. Showing #GivingTuesday Support with an “UNselfie” The social media self-portrait phrase, #selfie, has skyrocketed this year and is most often recognized by tweens, adults and celebrities. Participants were encouraged to show their #GivingTuesday support by creating their own #UNselfie – turning the attention away from themselves and instead towards the charitable cause they were dedicated to making a difference in. To that end, participants snapped a photo of their “I’m giving because …” sign, uploaded it to a social media platform, and including the hashtag #unselfie and #GivingTuesday. We decided to take peruse the Twitter-o-sphere and take a look at some of the Triangle-area’s best #UNselfie posts:   Activate Good Celebrates #GivingTuesday, Pledging Volunteer Hours At Activate Good, we celebrated #GivingTuesday by kicking off our Volunteer Pledge-a-thon. Starting on December 3, 2013 and concluding just before midnight on New Year’s Event, we’re asking Triangle area citizens to pledge to spend time making a difference in our community in 2014. We’ve set a starting goal of raising 5,000 volunteer hours pledged. As of today we’re over two-thirds of the way to this preliminary goal! We need your help to help us reach...
Holiday Gift Giving Guide: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

‘Tis the season for gift giving, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than through the gift of giving back? The following are just some of the many local Triangle-area businesses that turn your dollars spent into support for good causes. Check it out: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes #1 – Ten Thousand Villages | Raleigh, NC Located in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer, offering handicrafts by artisans in more than 30 countries. Products include everything from home and garden decor to jewelry, musical instruments, food and more. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. As one of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships so that artisans may receive a fair price for their work while offering consumers access to distinctive handcrafted items. Visit their website here. #2 – ReTails Thrift Shop | Raleigh, NC ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by AnimalKind, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. When you shop, 100% of the net profits from ReTails Thrift Shop go towards supporting AnimalKind’s pet spay/neuter programs, THE $20 FIX, and the SpayNC Helpline. THE $20 FIX enables low-income pet owners to spay or neuter their pets for $20 or less. The SpayNC Helpline (1.888.NC.FIX.EM) helps residents throughout North Carolina find spay/neuter resources in their area. Visit the ReTails Thrift Shop website here. #3 – Beleza | Raleigh, NC Beleza is a fair trade boutique that features unique and extraordinary textiles, hats,...
#GivingTuesday kicks off year-end Volunteer Pledge-a-Thon!

#GivingTuesday kicks off year-end Volunteer Pledge-a-Thon!

#GivingTuesday is a worldwide charitable movement that takes place on December 3, 2013. It’s a day that celebrates and encourages activities that support nonprofit organizations; and while most people associate ‘giving’ with a monetary donation, we’d like to challenge you to donate your time, too! What better way to kick off the holiday season than by giving back to your community? Activate Good wants to challenge you to donate your personal time talents to help others in need in 2014. We’re kicking off this challenge on #GivingTuesday – December 3 – and accepting your pledges through December 31, 2013 (though you’re welcome to make your pledge before #GivingTuesday, too!). Sound like a plan? Check out our #GivingTuesday Volunteer Pledge-A-Thon page: How It Works Pledge your volunteer hours on our #GivingTuesday Volunteer Pledge-A-Thon page! You’ll be asked to log in or create an Activate Good account to count your pledge towards our goal. Once you’ve done this, you’ll see a link to search for volunteer opportunities so you can get started thinking about how you’d like to fulfill your pledge! You can pledge any time before New Year’s. The goal is to complete your pledged hours sometime in 2014. Consider it part of your New Year’s Resolution! Share the pledge page on social media and see how many friends you can inspire to get involved and pledge! Tweeting about our volunteer pledge drive? Don’t forget to tag @activategood and use hashtag #GivingTuesday. Whether it means spending the equivalent of an hour, a day, or more time volunteering, every effort counts. So, grab a friend, family member, or colleague, and invite...