Activate Good’s 2013 Greatest Hits

In 2013, Activate Good had the chance to help great causes, meet great people, and have a great time doing it! Check out some of this year’s greatest hits: 1. In January we dined with folks from all walks of life, discussing issues our community faces and ways we can all be part of the solution at our 3rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper. 2. The members of our inaugural Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council convened for the first time. With all these business-savvy do-gooders in a room together, we could tell it was going to lead to great things. 3. In the spring, we piloted our first ever “Pro Heroes” program, matching local professionals with high-impact pro bono projects benefiting awesome nonprofits. The results? 35 local pros took on 15 projects, gave 422 pro bono volunteer hours, and provided services worth over $67,000 for causes in need (Read more about these results! And: Get involved in Pro Heroes 2014!). 4. In the summer, we answered the challenge to match funds granted by the AJ Fletcher Foundation by launching a contest to identify a fresh-faced mascot to represent Activate Good in 2013! Dog and gorilla battled it out for a grueling month. In the end, donors picked their favorite candidate, Mr. Bongo. 5. On September 11, we mobilized and ecstatically joined nearly 1500 locals to volunteer at over 40 projects around the Triangle, including an evening commemoration and concert at Red Hat Amphitheater, and were reminded that doing good can unite a community. 6. We asked the city to work with us to show how vital volunteerism is for Raleigh....

Congratulations to Mr. Bongo!

  Activate Good would like to announce that Mr. Bongo, victorious in the contested election against the valiant Toby the Dog, will be Activate Good’s official mascot. For those following the horse race journalism of gorilla versus canine, Toby took an early impressive lead in the donation count, but Bongo stormed back after hiring vaunted campaign adviser James Congoville, the ragin’ Ebola contagion. Both Toby and Bongo would like to thank the many, many generous donors to the election – an election where money-in-politics was highly encouraged. All donations were matched by the wonderful A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which continues to be a prime supporter of Activate Good, as Activate Good continues to support over 150 charitable causes in the local community and service learning in the...

Vote for Activate Good’s mascot: Toby vs. Mr. Bongo

MAS-COT | noun a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck. Throughout history, mascots have inspired greatness. They have brought their teams to victory, or comforted people in times of loss or defeat. They have evoked strength, warmed our hearts, and yes, even made us laugh. Every cause must have an icon, a figurehead, a symbol of do-gooders the world over. This summer, Activate Good launches the search for one such mascot. Activate Good’s mascot must have pep. Our mascot must be a noble, charitable creature. And lo, our mascot must inspire the masses to do good. So who will it be? Meet our candidates: Mr. Bongo, the outspoken and jovial gorilla who taught us that anybody – even the hairiest of us – can do good. Toby, the witty dog with a big heart and a bone to pick… against apathy. Help us choose Activate Good’s mascot. Every dollar is a vote! Cast a vote with a donation of any amount until August, and the AJ Fletcher Foundation will match your donation-vote dollar for dollar. The candidate to inspire the most giving will win a place at Activate Good – and in the hearts of all volunteers! – as a beloved mascot. Hear from our mascots’...

2011 in Review

Welcome, 2012! There’s no question 2011 was an action-packed year for our local community, and included many exciting events and changes for Activate Good, too. We’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights from 2011 – From hosting our first Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Sunday Supper, to meeting our friend “Mr. Bongo”, to rebranding as Activate Good and launching our new volunteer community, 2011 has been a year of change, growth, and connection with volunteers and friends old and new. Here it is, folks: Activate Good’s 2011 highlights! Still known as ME³, we kicked off 2011 by hosting our first Sunday Supper to honor Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. About 60 community members from all walks of life, including representatives of area nonprofits, came together to discuss issues like homelessness, hunger, and youth development while connecting over a meal. New friends–and volunteer connections–were made that night while we enjoyed the spirit of community. Stay tuned for information about our 2nd annual Sunday Supper taking place in 2012 on January 15! We were honored to be chosen as the charity beneficiary of Raleigh Twestival when March came around and meet the good folks who hosted and co-sponsored the event, including YNPN of the Triangle, Triangle AMA, Tweet Divas, Yelp, and other social media savvy citizens. Later in the spring, as the Great Human Race neared, we made friends with Mr. Bongo, an idealistic gorilla who championed our message that anybody can do good. We know he’s still out there doing good deeds. Tragedy struck as the Raleigh tornado tore homes apart on April 16,...