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...

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...

14 Ways to Fall in Love with Volunteering in the Triangle

Valentine’s Day may only happen once a year, but beyond the candy and the flowers, the cards and the roses, there are numerous ways to give and receive love by volunteering in the Triangle. So, this Valentine’s day, take a minute to discover ways to give from your heart to those who are without. Celebrate love by sharing your time and talents for great local causes that need your TLC. You have the power within yourself to effect change and make a difference right here, in the Triangle! 14 Ways to Fall in Love with Volunteering in the Triangle Best Friend Pet Adoptions – Become a foster parent for puppies and dogs while they are waiting for their forever home. Click Here to Volunteer! Coalition to Unchain Dogs – Compassionate volunteers are needed to assist in constructing fences for formerly chained up dogs in Wake County. Click Here to Volunteer! Warmth for Wake – Warm your heart (& body) by helping to provide fuel to low-income residents of Wake County during the coldest winter months. Click Here to Volunteer! Passage Home – Volunteer your time to help sort and process donations in the Passage Home Recycle & Repurpose Thrift & Donation Center. Click Here to Volunteer! STAVE Fit Session Partners – Loving volunteers are needed as steady dance partners for the elderly and those with neurological and movement disorders as a part of the STAVE Fit, Dance Fit, and Sit to Be Fit sessions. Your gentle participation will allow STAVE Movement Specialists to focus on proper execution by participants. Click Here to Volunteer! Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle – Give the gift of friendship;...

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...