Echos Media Boutique “The Guardians” Shoot Video for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Echos Media Boutique considers giving back to the community one of the core values of their company, and they seek to devote as much of their schedule to small business and nonprofit organizations as possible. Echos Media is a full-service digital media production boutique specializing in creative video and audio production, digital photography, website design, graphic design, social media and marketing strategy development and execution. Their dynamic team, composed of Kimberley & Stephon Basnight, Todd Thomann, Brandon Wright, and Javarrah Peets, believes that, “Doing it right the first time gives us staying power!” About Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Celebrating their 25th anniversary as an organization, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. Their organization coordinates food recovery and distribution in the Triangle area through various services and initiatives, such as BackPack Buddies, Mobile Markets, Grocery Bags for Seniors, nutrition education, culinary job training, and agriculture training. IFFS also conducts nutrition education classes for a low-income demographic, in partnership with Share Our Strength, throughout North Carolina. In order to offer these classes, IFFS trains volunteers to teach. IFFS was receiving consistent feedback from these volunteers that a sample video of what one of the nutrition classes looked like would be helpful. Thus, IFFS set out to create a sample video to improve their training classes and to share with potential satellite partners as a marketing tool. “The Guardians” Create a Training Video Pro Heroes Team Echo Medias Media Boutique, a.k.a. The Guardians, were up for the challenge. Together with IFFS, they have identified people to include in the video as well as a location,...

School’s Out for the Summer: College Edition

School’s out for summer! Now what? After taking a couple of weeks to recover from finals, think about volunteering some of your free time to a local nonprofit. Not only will you feel great helping a worthy cause, but it could also help shape your future career path. How? By getting hands-on experience that you might not find in a traditional classroom. Here are some ideas to get you started: Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach creates programs to help support families in lower income neighborhoods in Raleigh. This summer, they need volunteers to mentor elementary age kids during a five-week multicultural and language arts camp. This is a perfect opportunity to put those early childhood education classes to use and see what it’s like to be in front of the classroom instead of behind a desk. If you have a passion for animals, consider volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, which rescues wildcats in captivity and brings them to their sanctuary in Pittsboro. They offer tours to the public, so you can work on the public speaking skills you learned in communications class by becoming a tour guide. Or, if you’re considering going into animal science, you can volunteer to help care for the wildcats, including feeding them and helping create activities to keep them active. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle finds innovative ways to end hunger in the Triangle. If you’re interested in a career in the food industry or if you’re majoring in agriculture, connect with this organization to see the unique ways they feed families in need. They work with local restaurants to pick up leftover food that...
FemCity Farmers!

FemCity Farmers!

Our September 11th day of service was wildly successful. In the days leading up to the event, we were so swamped with preparations that I didn’t have a chance to share something important. On September 8th, I had my first warm, fuzzy, “I helped make that happen” moment when FemCity Raleigh shared photos of their group’s volunteer project, which we helped put together earlier in the summer. Here’s the photo that gave me the warm fuzzies: Here’s what they had to say about their experience: FemCity Raleigh greatly appreciates Activate Good’s efforts in finding a fun volunteer opportunity for our group. Working on the farm of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle brought together professional women from FemCity Raleigh and our sister Femfessionals chapter, FemCity Research Triangle Park, to socialize, build friendships and to give back to our community. Activate Good made it easy for us to plan this activity, and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle made it an educational and fun experience that we will most definitely share with friends and colleagues. Everyone had a great time, even while scooping poop out of the chicken coop! Groups often come to us for help connecting them with service projects, so we are prioritizing website features that enable people to volunteer together. If you can’t find a project on our site, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us anyway. We take so much pleasure in bringing people together to do great things. Thanks to FemCity Raleigh for sharing this with us, and to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for making volunteerism so...