Note in the Pocket: “You are loved.”

In 2013 one little nonprofit with a big heart in Wake County provided clothing to over 1550 people.  Most of those people were children.  In fact over 28,000 donated gently used or new clothing and shoes valued at over $140,000 was delivered by this ambitious nonprofit. Last school year 48,881 students in Wake County applied and qualified for Free or Reduced priced lunch. Note in the Pocket’s Executive Director, Dallas Bonavita, surmises, “There is an undeniable parallel that families that struggle to feed their children also struggle to provide basic clothing needs.” This is where a little love and the hands & time of many dedicated volunteers come together to achieve Note in the Pocket’s Mission: To provide clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. Note In The Pocket believes that it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school. Through our partnerships with schools, agencies, individuals, businesses and foundations, we clothe children with dignity and love. Note in the Pocket: Working to Help Families in Need Note in the Pocket works with 90 referral partners including Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) social workers and local agency caseworkers who provide services to families in financial crisis. What are the consequences of not helping to clothe these impoverished children?  Dallas explains:   One of the best kept secrets in Wake County is that children miss school due to a lack of clothing. Examples of children we have provided for include the brothers who took turns going to school depending on whose turn it was to wear the...

Activate Love with acts of kindness this Valentine’s Day

  This post brought to you by Heather Leah, editor in chief of Candid Slice and a guest blogger for Activate Good in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 11-17, 2013. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” – Mother Teresa Everyone’s been single for Valentine’s Day at least once, and it can be a big bummer watching couples indulging in candy hearts and chocolate. But we all know the hunger goes much deeper — when you’re single on Valentine’s Day, you don’t just want chocolate and flowers. You want love. A girl approached me, smiling, as I sat at the lunch table. “Here,” she said, offering me a pink package with a Mother Teresa quote scribed across the top in red ink. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” she called, as she walked off on her holiday act of kindness. She was passing little packets of candy out to anyone she came across. Inspiring. This girl wasn’t hungry for love. She was indulging in love by sharing kindness with others. So this Valentine’s Day, I propose we all indulge in love by taking this day to show appreciation to those around us. We love our kids, our parents, our teachers, our co-workers, our policemen. We can even love total strangers. Recently, a local group of do-gooders called Triangle Kindness got together to hand out flowers and candies in the check out lanes of Wal-Mart in celebration of this day of love, which happens to fall within Random Acts of Kindness Week. By the end of the night, nobody cared who had a date...

Won’t You Be My Volunteer?

This contest is now over. CONGRATS to Keith Morris for his winning story! Volunteering is good for the heart, mind, body, and–according to science–your love life! Getting involved in the community connects you to causes you can be passionately in love with, and sometimes it connects you to someone or something you just can’t live without. So whether it be your lover, your best friend, or maybe even your dog, Activate Good invites you to share your volunteer love story for a chance to win dinner for two at The Melting Pot of Raleigh. Inspired by the volunteer love story of our president and co-founder Amber Smith, we decided that we needed to hear more stories like hers. In September 2004, Amber set off on a two-and-a-half month road trip across the country with her best friend. Their goal was volunteering and conducting acts of kindness across the states. She’d imagined all along that the journey would change her life forever–but love was the last thing she expected to find on the road! A few weeks into the trip, during a stay in Chicago, Amber met Shane. The tale of Amber’s adventure across the states inspired Shane to quit his dead-end job and take to the road with her and her friend. From state to state, the group volunteered for a variety of causes, meeting fellow do-gooders in cities from Seattle to New Orleans. By the end of the trip, the travelers had been inspired by the idea to promote volunteerism back at home in North Carolina. And, Amber and Shane had found romance. So, tell us about your...