4th Annual 9/11 Day of Service and Evening Commemoration

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015 Times: Daytime service projects occur at varying times between 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM; the Evening Commemoration begins at 6:00 PM Registration: Learn more and register at www.activategood.org. Location(s): Daytime service projects take place at various sites around the Triangle; the Evening Commemoration takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. Contact: volunteer@activategood.org 4th Annual 9/11 Day of Service returns Friday, September 11 This year, on our 4th annual 9/11 Day of Service, we will be partnering with local businesses to rally 2,000 citizens to volunteer and make an impact for over 40 charitable causes in the Triangle area. Triangle citizens will honor those lost on 9/11 by helping out with projects like beautifying schools and community centers, packaging food for those in need, and more. More than 40 causes will benefit from volunteers’ work, including but not limited to Raleigh Rescue Mission, Note in the Pocket, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Ronald McDonald House, and AnimalKind. Companies and groups are invited to adopt daytime service projects, and individuals are invited to register to volunteer during the day as well. 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration and Service Projects Those who can’t participate in the daytime projects are invited to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration and Service Projects that will conclude the day at Red Hat Amphitheater. The Evening Commemoration will kick off at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 11. How You Can Help You can help by participating in one (or more!) of approximately 80 service project shifts taking place during this year’s 9/11 Day of Service! View the list...

Linda Van De Zande Uses Design Skills To Raise Awareness for Triangle Family Services

Linda Van De Zande, otherwise known as “Ms VdZ”, is volunteering her graphic design skills to create an annual report for Triangle Family Services. A graduate from NC State University’s School of Design, Linda has extensive experience in graphic design and currently works for North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and a freelance resume including Wendy’s, WCPSS, and other small businesses in the Triangle. When she’s not designing, Linda enjoys spending time outdoors, sewing and knitting, visiting her kids. Using Her Skills to Help Other Triangle Families The most important thing to Linda is taking care of her family, and when her family needed support, a number of people and organizations helped them get back on their feet. By using her skills to spread the world about Triangle Family Services, Linda is able to make a contribution to other struggling families: I am so glad to learn about Triangle Family Services; I am even more excited to use design to spread the news that this great organization is out there, and to help Triangle Family Services help families get past rough spots. About Triangle Family Services Triangle Family Services is a 77 year-old human services agency that provides a hand up to struggling families. Credentialed staff provide case management to move families in crisis into more stable and self-sufficient situations with programs focusing on family safety, financial stability, and mental health. Generating Brand Awareness for Triangle Family Services Even though Triangle Family Services is well respected, they lack brand name recognition and awareness. The goal of Linda’s project is to create a relevant brand awareness campaign that people can relate to and...

Katie Collins Boosts Fundraising Efforts for Note in the Pocket

Professional Fundraiser Katie Collins is using her skills to give Note in the Pocket a fund development boost. Katie has earned her nickname as “The Ultimate Fundraiser” through her many years of experience working the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fidelity Charitable. About Katie Collins A recent transplant from Boston to Raleigh, Katie likes trying out new restaurants around the area in her free time, considering herself a ‘true foodie’. She also loves helping out the community, and knew volunteering with Note in the Pocket would be a good fit for her right from the start. Working with Note in the Pocket has been a tremendous opportunity for me. The staff and volunteers are an inspiration. As a professional with fundraising experience, I welcomed the chance to work with Note in the Pocket to help them augment their existing support from donors to build a solid foundation for additional fundraising efforts. After learning about Note in the Pocket’s important mission and work, as a mom, a resident of Wake County and a nonprofit professional, I felt a strong commitment to volunteering my time to help them in any way that I can. About Note in the Pocket Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. The organization believes that no child should suffer in their educational and social development because they lack sufficient appropriate clothes for school. Through varied community partnerships, Note in the Pocket clothes children with dignity and love. The organization started with one family that saw a need in the community and took it upon themselves to provide coats free of charge for children who were impoverished....

H.T. Major Improves the Online Presence of PLM Families Together

Harmony “H.T.” Major, otherwise known as “The Prez”, is volunteering her web development and online marketing skills to help PLM Families Together improve their online presence. About Harmony “H.T.” Major Harmony is the owner and founder of ExcellentPresence.com, where she advises established, minority-and women-owned small businesses on how to strategically use their web presence to get more clients from the Internet, and grow business consistently. Harmony started her first successful Web business in 1998, converting it to full-time in less than one year — all before her 20th birthday. Harmony has found several volunteer opportunities through Activate Good in the past, but when she came upon the project for PLM Families Together, she jumped at the chance to help. Harmony felt this was perfect match between her web-development skills and a cause she is passionate about helping: To provide some insight, I was homeless as a young child… so their mission truly struck a strong chord. I first volunteered professionally for PLMFT one evening last year, and found myself fighting tears when I learned about how they do what they do, and the enormous impact they seek to make. Being so personally connected to the depth and importance of their work, it was a true honor to activate Excellent Presence to help PLM Families Together in their all-important quest to rally even more volunteers… to help change more lives. We’ll be excited to hear their results! About PLM Families Together PLM Families Together helps homeless families reach independence by providing housing and supportive services. By advocating for families to receive adequate and affordable housing, as well as offering ongoing support to...

Young, Moore, and Henderson Provide Legal Consultation for SEEDS

The team at Young, Moore, and Henderson, P.A. is using their legal know-how to provide legal consultation for Triangle nonprofit, SEEDS! About SEEDS Located in the heart of urban downtown Durham, NC, SEEDS teaches respect for life, for the earth and for one another through gardening and growing food. Their urban garden is focused on promoting principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security, and environmental stewardship. The Pro Heroes team, comprised of Brodie Erwin, Bob deRosset, and Chad McCullen, bring experience in estate law, civil litigation, employment litigation and more. According to Brodie Erwin, seeing the SEEDS operations first-hand was an eye-opening experience for the team: I was most impressed with their methods of teaching children how all parts of the eco-system work to make a garden thrive. Their tarantula made a big impression on me. Young, Moore, and Henderson Volunteer Legal Skills to Help SEEDS SEEDS’ current programs include after school and summer camps for children where children learn to grow and use their own food, leadership development through Durham Inner-City Gardeners (DIG) where youth learn business skills in addition to managing food production and working for food justice, and providing access to plots and support for community members to help meet their food needs through gardening. SEEDS relies on volunteers to achieve its mission, so the Triangle nonprofit sought ways to beef up its volunteer liability strategies and processes. The Young, Moore, and Henderson team stepped up to offer their expertise, ‘despite not having a single “green thumb” between them’. According to Bob deRosset, who has collaborated with Activate Good on past Pro Heroes projects and served as Peace...