Katie Collins Boosts Fundraising Efforts for Note in the Pocket

Professional Fundraiser Katie Collins is using her skills to give Note in the Pocket a fund development boost. Katie has earned her nickname as “The Ultimate Fundraiser” through her many years of experience working the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fidelity Charitable. About Katie Collins A recent transplant from Boston to Raleigh, Katie likes trying out new restaurants around the area in her free time, considering herself a ‘true foodie’. She also loves helping out the community, and knew volunteering with Note in the Pocket would be a good fit for her right from the start. Working with Note in the Pocket has been a tremendous opportunity for me. The staff and volunteers are an inspiration. As a professional with fundraising experience, I welcomed the chance to work with Note in the Pocket to help them augment their existing support from donors to build a solid foundation for additional fundraising efforts. After learning about Note in the Pocket’s important mission and work, as a mom, a resident of Wake County and a nonprofit professional, I felt a strong commitment to volunteering my time to help them in any way that I can. About Note in the Pocket Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. The organization believes that no child should suffer in their educational and social development because they lack sufficient appropriate clothes for school. Through varied community partnerships, Note in the Pocket clothes children with dignity and love. The organization started with one family that saw a need in the community and took it upon themselves to provide coats free of charge for children who were impoverished....

Now Through April 14: Donate Clothing for Kids at b.good!

On April 1, 2015, our friends at North Hills restaurant, b.good, kicked off a two week campaign to help kids in need. Folks can stop in now through April 14, 2015, and donate clothing and shoes to be distributed to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County through Note in the Pocket, one of our amazing Triangle nonprofit partners. This is a great way to gear up for National Volunteer Week in the Triangle! Drop off a Donation at b.good Want to help out? Note in the Pocket can accept new and gently used shoes and clothing of all sizes. Top needs right now include: GIRLS: Size 7 long sleeve shirts and pants, Size 16 all pants and tops BOYS: Sizes 5 through 14 regular pants, Sizes 8 through 14 long sleeve shirts Always Needed: Women’s tops sizes 14 and up, Children’s tennis shoes sizes 1 – 4, packs of new socks and underwear of all sizes Volunteer During National Volunteer Week As part of National Volunteer Week, on Tuesday, April 14, you can also come in to b.good and volunteer to help write the notes of encouragement that will accompany every clothing donation. As an added treat, anyone who donates clothing items is eligible for a free b.good Carrot Cake Smoothie through April 14. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, volunteers are needed to help sort clothing donations at Note in the Pocket’s offices (limited space: Sign up here!). About the event, owner of b.good Raleigh, Steve Woodward, had the following to say: We are so blessed to live, raise our families and work in a thriving community where economic growth is robust, technology is cutting edge, and educational standards are second to...

Jon Riddick Volunteers Social Media Skills to Help Note in the Pocket

Jon Riddick, otherwise known as the “Social Media Stud,” is flexing his online marketing muscles to help Triangle nonprofit, Note in the Pocket (NITP). Riddick has been volunteering his social media skills to raise awareness about the organization, inspire community involvement, and increase donations. Riddick also put his online marketing expertise to use to help Note in the Pocket promote their 1st Annual Socks and Undie 5k Rundie, which took place on May 10, 2014. 1st Annual Socks and Undie 5k Rundie One of Riddick’s biggest tasks involved using social media to promote the Socks and Undie 5k Rundie. This was Note in the Pocket’s 1st Annual fundraiser of this nature, with the race taking place on the grounds of Dorothea Dix Campus in downtown Raleigh. To help the cause, each 5k Rundie participant was asked to bring a package of new children’s socks and/or underwear. This, and other money raised from the event went to support the Triangle nonprofit’s mission of clothing impoverished and homeless children throughout Wake County, NC. Seeing a Need; Volunteering to Make a Difference Triangle volunteers are as diverse as the nonprofit organizations they work so hard to serve. Riddick is no exception. Neither boastful nor showy, but rather humble, Riddick simply saw a need and wanted to help: “I had some spare time and was interested in helping an organization that was doing good things and could benefit from my efforts.” On Riddick’s involvement in using his social media skills to promote the 5k event as well as other tasks, Dallas Bonavita, Executive Director of Note in the Pocket, remarked: “Jon is a quiet...

Note in the Pocket: “You are loved.”

In 2013 one little nonprofit with a big heart in Wake County provided clothing to over 1550 people.  Most of those people were children.  In fact over 28,000 donated gently used or new clothing and shoes valued at over $140,000 was delivered by this ambitious nonprofit. Last school year 48,881 students in Wake County applied and qualified for Free or Reduced priced lunch. Note in the Pocket’s Executive Director, Dallas Bonavita, surmises, “There is an undeniable parallel that families that struggle to feed their children also struggle to provide basic clothing needs.” This is where a little love and the hands & time of many dedicated volunteers come together to achieve Note in the Pocket’s Mission: To provide clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Note In The Pocket believes that it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. Through our partnerships with schools, agencies, individuals, businesses and foundations, we clothe children with dignity and love. Note in the Pocket: Working to Help Families in Need Note in the Pocket works with 90 referral partners including Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) social workers and local agency caseworkers who provide services to families in financial crisis. What are the consequences of not helping to clothe these impoverished children?  Dallas explains:   One of the best kept secrets in Wake County is that children miss school due to a lack of clothing. Examples of children we have provided for include the brothers who took turns going to school depending on whose turn it was to wear the...