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...

Glenn Itliong – Volunteer Management Software Strategist for Urban Ministries

A part of the community for more than thirty years, Urban Ministries of Wake County engages the community to serve and advocate for those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and laying the foundations of home. Urban Ministries offers the community a variety of services and programs. Their Crisis Support Program serves individuals who face food insecurity. Their Open Door Clinic provides healthcare to the uninsured, and the Helen Wright Center provides homes to the homeless. Improving the Volunteer Experience with Software With such a large array of programs and services, Urban Ministries relies heavily on its volunteers — more than 1,500 of them! In order to improve volunteer effectiveness and overall volunteer experience, Urban Ministries plans to implement a new volunteer workforce management software. In need of assistance with evaluating their current volunteer management strategies as well as leveraging their new software and creating new protocols and procedures for volunteer intake that utilized the software, Urban Ministries turned to Pro Hero, Glenn Itliong. Nonprofit Project and Pro Hero: A Perfect Alignment Glenn Itliong is a professional consultant and certified project manager with specialized experience in software implementation, recruitment, and onboarding. Hannah Pettus, Manager of Volunteer Services at Urban Ministries, said that their Pro Hero project with Itliong has “aligned perfectly” with their organizational changes. The project has moved quickly, and Pro Hero Itliong has helped Urban Ministries design a volunteer process flow for their intake and onboarding processes. Itliong also proposed a strategic plan for volunteer retention and recognition, putting together a final presentation for Urban Ministries’ executive team. This volunteer spotlight...

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,...

Todd “SnapShot” Jones Captures Success Stories for Dress for Success

Pro Hero “SnapShot Jones” (better known to the community as just Todd Jones) is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with CAPTRUST who also runs a photography and video production company called KeepingUp Productions. Jones especially loves giving his skills back to the community, and has done several shoots for charities and nonprofits in the past. Jones was particularly interested in Dress for Success “because of their passion for giving a “hand up” to those in-need who are seeking employment and striving for more.” About Dress for Success Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success sees these women through the career process from start to finish – from the time they acquire their first business suit, to one-on-one coaching for how to write a resume and go through an interview, to job placement, and finally to monthly mentoring on job retention once a candidate receives a position. Dress for Success recently celebrated five years as an organization, and in that time has served 5,000 women, with the anticipation to serve 1,750 more in the year to come. Capturing True Success Stories Due to a wonderful experience Dress for Success had through Pro Heroes last year, this year the organization sought photography of their clients and programs to use to promote and raise awareness for their work. Enter Pro Hero Todd “SnapShot” Jones. Describing Jones, Megan Risley of Dress for Success said: We were paired with an AMAZING volunteer, Todd, who...

Leesa Moore & Team Make Video Magic for Marbles Kids Museum

Having previously used her talents as a videographer for Activate Good’s annual fashion show, Couture for a Cause, Leesa Moore returned to Marbles Kids Museum – this time with her videography team, the “Fellowship of the Ring”: Corey Reid and Aaron Cook. The Fellowship of the Ring trio shares a passion for film, screenwriting, cinematography, and working on various projects of interest. Witnessing the amazing things happening in the Raleigh community, Moore and team were eager to use their talents to help spread the word about great causes. The Pro Heroes videography project for Marbles Kids Museum seemed a great fit, according to Moore: “Museums are an important component to children’s lives. We were willing to dedicate time into providing a finished product that showcased what Marbles Kids Museum had to offer and what new things are in store.” Putting Professional Skills to Use for a Good Cause Moore and her team put their film and media skills to good use. Volunteering their time and talents, they assembled a promotional video which debuted at the Marbles Imagination Ball fundraiser event in late April 2014. Regarding the project, Moore commented: “We [were] given the task of highlighting the amazing array of spaces that the museum has to offer, and the joy that play brings to kids. When working on a project like this, it gives us an opportunity to appreciate the diversity and inclusion and a platform to show others. It makes our job task easier and more fulfilling along the way.” Giving Back & Getting Back Moore, Reid, and Cook are currently graduating seniors at N.C. State University, all...