Welcome to volunteer community 2.0

  You may have noticed a few changes to our website over the past week! Since this past spring, we’ve been working hard to collect your feedback on our website and use that to roll out the next phase of our online volunteer system. We launched ‘Volunteer Community 2.0’ on August 20 and it’s up and ready for action! Here are some of the ways 2.0 is different:   Improved Existing Features Past users can still use their same password: If you had an account on our site before August 20, don’t worry. You can still sign in with your same username and password. If you’ve forgotten what that is, you can use the password reset page to get it. Faster and simpler: 2.0’s interface is faster and simpler, allowing you to navigate pages to find volunteer opportunities of interest with greater speed and ease. Get more information about volunteer opportunities before signing in: Now you can learn more about the volunteer opportunities you might be interested before having to sign in or sign up for an Activate Good user account. A Few New Features Really fast user account creation: We’ve streamlined the user account sign up process – no account activation is required. If you click the link to create your user account while you’re looking at a specific volunteer opportunity, the system will take you right back to it once you sign in. Sign in with Facebook: Also, you can use your Facebook account to create your user account and utilize one-click sign in after that! Create and invite groups – as many as you want: Want to invite your...
Announcing the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council

Announcing the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council

Activate Good is thrilled to announce the launch of our inaugural Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council! We know that companies in the Triangle are phenomenal corporate citizens with a solid record of supporting the community. Now, we’re inviting them to the table to collaborate with us on ways to get more of their employees – and community members – involved. We’re also welcoming Red Hat as the first inaugural member, and we couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and the great things it will lead to. Learn more about the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council and how to get your company involved. Read about the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council launch in the Triangle Business Journal. About the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council The Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council is a membership-based alliance through which companies network with one another, bolster their employee volunteer programs, and help devise strategies to boost volunteerism in Raleigh and the greater Triangle. Council members will also benefit from Activate Good’s corporate engagement services, which include assistance identifying volunteer opportunities that align with a company’s priorities, coordinating team-building group service projects, and more. Outcomes and developments from Council meetings may also be periodically published in the Triangle Business Journal as part of the ongoing effort to highlight local volunteerism. In addition to opportunities to these benefits, members of the inaugural Council will help lead the development of strategies to get more Triangle citizens involved in volunteer action and raising the community’s volunteer rate. Inaugural members will retain permanent status as a founding company on the list of Council members. Companies of all sizes are welcomed and encouraged to...

80’s Flashback!

This month, the Activate Good crew will take you back to another time. A time of innocence. And dancing. And tacky, tacky clothes. That’s right: The 1980s. We’re teaming up with Live Work Play – Raleigh for the ultimate 80s Night at Spy Raleigh on Thursday, March 1. From now until March 1, help us reach our spring fundraising goal of $1,500 this month and we’ll be the tackiest dudes and dudettes at the dance. Give $5, $25, $50 – Whatever you can. The more we raise, the tackier we’ll be, for the amusement of all. How tacky, you ask? Check out our spring fundraising page for a taste of what we’ll wear to entertain you (and to raise funds to support Activate Good!). Then, on March 1, we welcome you to join us at Spy Raleigh to see just how outrageously you’ve dressed our...

Won’t You Be My Volunteer?

This contest is now over. CONGRATS to Keith Morris for his winning story! Volunteering is good for the heart, mind, body, and–according to science–your love life! Getting involved in the community connects you to causes you can be passionately in love with, and sometimes it connects you to someone or something you just can’t live without. So whether it be your lover, your best friend, or maybe even your dog, Activate Good invites you to share your volunteer love story for a chance to win dinner for two at The Melting Pot of Raleigh. Inspired by the volunteer love story of our president and co-founder Amber Smith, we decided that we needed to hear more stories like hers. In September 2004, Amber set off on a two-and-a-half month road trip across the country with her best friend. Their goal was volunteering and conducting acts of kindness across the states. She’d imagined all along that the journey would change her life forever–but love was the last thing she expected to find on the road! A few weeks into the trip, during a stay in Chicago, Amber met Shane. The tale of Amber’s adventure across the states inspired Shane to quit his dead-end job and take to the road with her and her friend. From state to state, the group volunteered for a variety of causes, meeting fellow do-gooders in cities from Seattle to New Orleans. By the end of the trip, the travelers had been inspired by the idea to promote volunteerism back at home in North Carolina. And, Amber and Shane had found romance. So, tell us about your...

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,...