Volunteers Create A Winter Wonderland At AnimalKind’s ReTails Thrift Shop

On a crisp, cold Saturday morning, fourteen Activate Good volunteers met at ReTails Thrift Shop to work on a new project: decorating the window displays of the store. The ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by Triangle nonprofit, AnimalKind, and volunteers were asked to create a winter wonderland display using snow-themed craft projects along with items found in the store. Supporting the AnimalKind Mission Outreach Coordinator for AnimalKind, Laura Walton, recently began asking volunteer groups to decorate their display windows to encourage passersby to stop in and shop. She also wanted the displays to inform the public of AnimalKind’s mission: …to end the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters. Volunteers created two 3-dimensional displays in two windows and two large posters for the adjoining windows. After introductions and learning more about AnimalKind, volunteers chose the projects they wanted to work on. Volunteer Projects with AnimalKind Some of the projects that volunteers completed while at the ReTails Thrift Shop included: Cutting out snowflakes Making paper penguins Building a snowman out of plastic bags And More! Volunteers worked steadily for two hours, chatting about the projects and coming up with ideas for the displays. Before the volunteers began, Laura explained how the Retails Thrift Shop would be moving to a larger location in order to accommodate more donations. One of the posters that volunteers created displayed details about the new location, the grand opening, and the types of donations that the store is seeking. Once their projects were completed, the volunteers hung dozens of snowflakes (which they had previously cut out). The volunteers then worked on arranging the displays using other items they had...

Volunteer ‘Elves’ Transform InterAct for Holiday Bazaar

The weather outside was indeed frightful, but the atmosphere inside of InterAct of Wake County was buzzing with warmth as nearly 100 volunteers poured in, many bearing unwrapped gifts, food and decorations for the ‘Elf Party’.  The Elf Party is a special event, hosted by and for InterAct in preparation for their annual Holiday Bazaar. Amidst the excited chatter, there were handshakes, introductions and hugs, followed by undulating waves of silence and applause as the Broughton High School Chorus sang familiar holiday songs. And then it was time to get to work! InterAct’s Annual Client Holiday Bazaar The Holiday Bazaar is for families who have utilized InterAct’s services over the past year. The local community rallies together, donating gifts for both moms and for children, and the outpouring of support for the families InterAct has served is nothing short of moving. This year, InterAct will be hosting it’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 14, 2013. InterAct already has more than 80 families and over 200 children scheduled to attend the Holiday Bazaar this weekend.  During this time, families will come in and go shopping for one another, at no cost to them. If you’re in the local area, InterAct still needs your help before this Saturday rolls around! Check out the following link to find out what the remaining needs are: 2013 Holiday Bazaar Gift Suggestion Guide Volunteering as ‘Elves’ to Help Set Up the Bazaar The volunteers who attended the Elf Party were there to help transform the inside of InterAct into a store. And just as elves would do, the volunteers worked quickly, efficiently and happily as they...
Holiday Gift Giving Guide: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

‘Tis the season for gift giving, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than through the gift of giving back? The following are just some of the many local Triangle-area businesses that turn your dollars spent into support for good causes. Check it out: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes #1 – Ten Thousand Villages | Raleigh, NC Located in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer, offering handicrafts by artisans in more than 30 countries. Products include everything from home and garden decor to jewelry, musical instruments, food and more. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. As one of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships so that artisans may receive a fair price for their work while offering consumers access to distinctive handcrafted items. Visit their website here. #2 – ReTails Thrift Shop | Raleigh, NC ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by AnimalKind, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. When you shop, 100% of the net profits from ReTails Thrift Shop go towards supporting AnimalKind’s pet spay/neuter programs, THE $20 FIX, and the SpayNC Helpline. THE $20 FIX enables low-income pet owners to spay or neuter their pets for $20 or less. The SpayNC Helpline (1.888.NC.FIX.EM) helps residents throughout North Carolina find spay/neuter resources in their area. Visit the ReTails Thrift Shop website here. #3 – Beleza | Raleigh, NC Beleza is a fair trade boutique that features unique and extraordinary textiles, hats,...