Why Volunteer in the Triangle? Here are 10 Reasons

It’s National Volunteer Week! To celebrate, we’re highlighting 10 awesome reasons to volunteer in the Triangle (or where ever you may be)! 10 Reasons to Volunteer in the Triangle Reason #1: To get in a good workout for a good cause! Reason #2: Because the Triangle is home. And that’s where our hearts are. Reason #3: To meet good people and have a good time WHILE helping a great cause. What could be better? Reason #4: New experiences! Learn to cook, build a roof, and meet a tiger. Reason #5: To get to know your community and be a part making it better. Reason #6: To teach your kids the importance of helping out. Reason #7: Because doing good makes for good quality time with family. Reason #8: To put your skills to good use for a great cause. Reason #9: To be a part of something bigger than yourself. Reason #10: To have FUN! Celebrate National Volunteer Week with us! Pick a volunteer activity and join us for a little do-gooding, and share your reasons and volunteer tales on social media to inspire others in your network to get involved. (Tag @activategood / Use hashtag #TriVolWeek2015 so we can find you and...

Lisa Jeffries: Using Skills to Help Transitions LifeCare

Many young professionals embrace volunteerism. However, many are often frustrated because they don’t have the opportunity to help nonprofits as they did in high school or college. Some may feel unable to make monetary donations or lack the flexibility in their schedule to donate time for general activities. But utilizing their unique skills to help out might be a great way for young professionals to find their path on their journey to serve. Applying Unique Skills to Boost Technology for a Good Cause Lisa Jeffries is a young professional who is the founder and principal consultant of Raleighwood Media Group. Lisa has a number of web-based skills, particularly in content management systems. While visiting the Activate Good website, she saw a volunteer project right in her wheelhouse: Providing WordPress training for Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County). According to Jeffries: “The experience was wonderfully timed and fulfilling. My family has benefited from the humbling work that [Transitions LifeCare] provides to the community many times, as recently as the 2011 passing of my grandfather, who suffered from the debilitating effects of dementia in his final years. I had been interested in being able to give back to Transitions LifeCare, and then I stumbled upon the listing on Activate Good’s website for someone to help them with WordPress. I’m a big believer in fate; and that day, it certainly came knocking.” Helping Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers and those who have lost a loved one. Recently the nonprofit moved...

5 Ways to Volunteer using Your Creative Talents

Want to volunteer in the Triangle while utilizing your creative talent? There are many opportunities for people to share their musical, writing, artistic talents with others. Here are a few of those opportunities: 1. Plan Events with Historic Oakwood Cemetery Do you have a knack for planning events and bringing people together? Historic Oakwood Cemetery is partnering with volunteers to help plan and organize new and creative events on their grounds. Volunteers are encouraged to think outside the box while sharing the culture and history of the Historic Oakwood Cemetery. 2. Support local art and artists Maybe you aren’t very good at making art, but you love it anyways. Art enthusiasts can volunteer with Artspace as Docents to their galleries. You can spend your time taking groups around the gallery and explaining the various pieces of art. What better way to share your enthusiasm for art than by talking to other people about it! 3. Help get the word out about musical concerts in the area For individuals who both love social media and music, Pinecone – the Piedmont Council for Traditional Music, is looking for volunteers to post information on social media before and after the concerts. Volunteers will have the chance to enjoy traditional music and interact with others who share their love of music. 4. Share your creative talents with children Little Steps Nursery is looking for guest speakers to share their talents with their 2-4 year olds. If you happen to be an artist, musician, storyteller, or teacher this is a great opportunity for you to share it with the children. Little Steps Nursery does...