Volunteer ‘Elves’ Transform InterAct for Holiday Bazaar

The weather outside was indeed frightful, but the atmosphere inside of InterAct of Wake County was buzzing with warmth as nearly 100 volunteers poured in, many bearing unwrapped gifts, food and decorations for the ‘Elf Party’.  The Elf Party is a special event, hosted by and for InterAct in preparation for their annual Holiday Bazaar. Amidst the excited chatter, there were handshakes, introductions and hugs, followed by undulating waves of silence and applause as the Broughton High School Chorus sang familiar holiday songs. And then it was time to get to work! InterAct’s Annual Client Holiday Bazaar The Holiday Bazaar is for families who have utilized InterAct’s services over the past year. The local community rallies together, donating gifts for both moms and for children, and the outpouring of support for the families InterAct has served is nothing short of moving. This year, InterAct will be hosting it’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, 2013. InterAct already has more than 80 families and over 200 children scheduled to attend the Holiday Bazaar this weekend.  During this time, families will come in and go shopping for one another, at no cost to them. If you’re in the local area, InterAct still needs your help before this Saturday rolls around! Check out the following link to find out what the remaining needs are: 2013 Holiday Bazaar Gift Suggestion Guide Volunteering as ‘Elves’ to Help Set Up the Bazaar The volunteers who attended the Elf Party were there to help transform the inside of InterAct into a store. And just as elves would do, the volunteers worked quickly, efficiently and happily as they...
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,...
Good spreads Holiday joy

Good spreads Holiday joy

We love hearing from volunteers about their do-gooding adventures! Gary Davis, our hilarious auctioneer from Couture for a Cause 2012, decided to keep the good going after helping us out at our fashion show this past November. We especially love that his kids didn’t just get involved, they got others involved, too: After working at Couture for a Cause, my family decided to find a volunteer project for Christmas. Using Activate Good’s website, we found Zach’s Toy Chest and their project to make Christmas cards for the boys and girls in the hospital. When my daughter got going on the cards, she decided to take the project to Gingerbread Littleversity, her daycare, and got the troops involved. We have over 30 cards to send to the children thanks to her smarts and the hard work of the kids at Gingerbread Littleversity! Here is a group at work on the cards:   We’re wishing a happy and heartwarming holiday to Gary’s family and all the wonderful volunteers out there who make the holiday season bright for others in need!            ...
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...