Welcoming L&E Research to the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council

Activate Good is excited to welcome L&E Research as the seventh member of the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC). Amber Smith, Executive Director of Activate Good, comments: L&E Research, with its 30 years of market research expertise, will bring a new perspective to the Corporate Volunteer Council table. We’re excited to welcome them to the effort to bolster volunteerism in the Triangle alongside other industry and community leaders. L&E Research joins Red Hat, Wells Fargo, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, CW22, Deloitte, and Fidelity Investments on the Triangle CVC. Making An Impact in Triangle Volunteerism Locally, L&E Research will partner with Activate Good to help fulfill their mission of making connections in the community, and making their panel of over 100,000 residents in North Carolina aware of Activate Good and the impact of volunteerism on our community. President of L&E, Brett Watkins, stated: We are very excited to be working with Activate Good. We have been looking for a charitable partner that would not only excite all of our employees, but also help us engage our database members to work with us to make Raleigh a better place. Over the years we have raised tens of thousands of dollars through our database community for a variety of different charities, and we believe our connection with Activate Good will be something all of our members can heartily support and help us give back to the Triangle area even more. Over the next few years, L&E Research aspires to make a significant impact on our community through a combination of funds raised, in-kind donations, and volunteerism of their workforce and their database...
52 Weeks; 52 Ways to Volunteer in the Triangle in 2014

52 Weeks; 52 Ways to Volunteer in the Triangle in 2014

You’ve already pledged your time to give back. Now it’s time to put that plan into action! Let’s join together and make 2014 the best year to volunteer in the Triangle! To help kick things off, we’ve listed 52 awesome ways to volunteer in the Triangle in 2014, each idea representing a single week throughout the year. Feel free to print this list off and tape it to your fridge as a weekly reminder; or bring it to work to share it with coworkers. Don’t forget–we have TONS of volunteer opportunities throughout the Triangle just waiting for someone like you to fill them! January Week 1 – Are you a working professional with a specific skill set? Adopt a high impact pro bono project for a local cause through the Activate Good Pro-Heroes Initiative. Week 2 – Donate unused gifts and/or clothing to your favorite Triangle charity organization. Week 3 – Volunteer for an hour or more at the Durham Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Week 4 –  Join Activate Good for dinner in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior weekend as we discuss community issues and how we can solve them during our 4th annual MLK Sunday Supper. Then, join others in volunteering throughout the Triangle community during the MLK Day of Service. (Love music? Check out this music-themed volunteer opportunity with MusicianCorps for MLK Day!) Week 5 – Speak Spanish? Help the Scott-Free Foundation reach local Latino communities to provide enriching camp experiences to youth! February Week 1 – Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by putting together dental hygiene kits for shelters. Include some fun activity sheets for kids...

Corporate Volunteer Council Spotlight | Red Hat

As an Inaugural Member of Activate Good’s Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council, Red Hat is a dedicated collaborative partner with Activate Good that helps to shape our corporate engagement services and strategies to boost local volunteerism. Red Hat stands tall as a leader in the effort to boost volunteer engagement in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area! Activate Good’s Executive Director, Amber Smith, explains, “Time and time again, Red Hat has shown great support for Activate Good and our mission to bolster volunteerism in Raleigh and the Triangle. Since becoming a member of our Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council last year, Red Hat has given local volunteerism a boost through sponsorship, raising awareness of volunteer needs, and consistently sending enthusiastic volunteers to help out a number of our nonprofit partners.” It is always a pleasure to match Red Hatters as volunteers with our nonprofit partners, and they truly have made a big difference in our community by helping many worthy causes. Most recently, Red Hat not only collaborated with Activate Good to host the Evening Commemoration of our 9/11 Day of Service – Activate Raleigh 2013 at Red Hat Amphitheater, their staff also volunteered for day time projects. On September 11th Red Hat volunteers cleaned and organized the Helen Wright Center which provides safe housing to thirty-six women each night. Carol Schwartz, Outreach Coordinator for Urban Ministries, says, “Our shelter is shining from bottom to top, thanks to Activate Good’s coordination with Red Hat. They did a phenomenal job and even had flowers in the shelter for the ladies!” Red Hat maintains a culture of collaboration and sharing, and thus, volunteering...

Corporate Volunteer Council Spotlight | Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q

Over the 40 years of its operation, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has had a long-standing history of community involvement and continues to raise finances and provide time and resources for a number of causes. Smithfield’s became the second North Carolina company to join Activate Good’s inaugural membership-based alliance, the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council. The council is an opportunity for businesses to network with other corporations, bolster employee volunteer programs, and effectively contribute to volunteerism in Raleigh and the greater Triangle. Companies help in variety of ways—sponsorships, promotions, contributions, and employee volunteerism—to ensure the social health of communities. At Activate Good, we offer companies the opportunity to be a collaborative partner in volunteer engagement in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area. “One business supporting a local cause, or many causes over the course of a year, can only do but so much,” says Richard Averitte, Marketing Director of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. “But when you combine your corporate efforts with those of other businesses with a focus on corporate responsibility through an organization like Activate Good, the actual impact on our communities that we serve can grow exponentially.” Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has been very active in sponsorships, contributions and volunteerism in the Triangle for years. The company, most recently, contributed meals for Rex Blood Services.  Volunteer blood donors received a delicious lunch in appreciation for their time and effort, and Smithfield’s also helped promote the event. “When Sandra Brooks of Rex Blood Services came to us and told us that ‘every day in the US, over 32,000 blood transfusions take place,’ and that many of them occur in our...
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...