Jeanne Allen Helps Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Focus Their Future

Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen, otherwise known as “Jumping Jive Jeanne,” is volunteering her strategic super-skills to help Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem with Board Development. About Pro Hero, Jeanne Allen With over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Jeanne has taken on a variety of management and staff positions including Instructor/Manager in the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Independent Consultant with nonprofits, and Management Consultant/Trainer at Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters in New York City. Jeanne’s credentials don’t stop there. She’s worked with organizations covering a wide variety of causes, including environmental, youth development, health issues, advocacy, racial equity and domestic violence. Jeanne is a newswire contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly, and serves on the Editorial Board for Change, the journal for NTEN nonprofit leaders, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Giving Back to Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Jeanne knows the power of board strategy can take an organization to the next level, and used her myriad of skills to help local children in need through Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem: The Friends of Wake Guardian Ad Litem is a committed group that was having challenges moving forward with their ideas. At the board retreat, I facilitated their discussion which helped them accomplish critical decision making and focus their future. They left quite happy with their accomplishments. Providing Children with Enrichment Opportunities The mission of Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and their caregivers through programs which support their physical, educational and emotional wellbeing. The mission also involves providing support for the...

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...

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...

Jessica Griffin Volunteers Event Planning Skills for Wade Edwards Learning Lab

Jessica Griffin, otherwise known as “The Social Planner”, is volunteering her skills to help Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) create a plan for their 20th anniversary campaign and fundraising event. Boosting Education with the Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) The mission of Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) is to provide the student community with opportunities for achievement, enrichment and service, in preparation for personal and academic success. Approaching its 20th anniversary, WELL hopes to engage the community in a year-long effort to celebrate their work and recognize past supporters. With hopes for a spring event and campaign to rally support for expanding its services in 2016, WELL needed a passionate event planning pro to make the vision a reality. Local young professional, Jessica Griffin, was eager to be of service. According to WELL’s Foundation coordinator, Elizabeth Ruf: Working with Jessica has been great. She has an incredible vision and the technical skills to help us piece together a successful event strategy. Jessica is so kind and enthusiastic about helping us achieve our goals. I’m truly excited to see what she comes up with and for the ability to take a vision, run with it, and then seeing the end results. Jessica Griffin, Triangle Nonprofit Champion Jessica is long time resident of the Triangle and with eight years of experience working in nonprofit development and event planning with organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NC Bar Organization. Jessica believes that everyone should contribute their time and talent to give back to the community and is excited about the opportunity to help WELL advance their mission through Activate Good’s Pro Heroes program: Working with the staff at...

Ruth Peebles Bolsters Band Together

President and founder of the INS group, Ruth Peebles, joins our 2015 Activate Good Pro Heroes program line up as “The Innovative Solutioner”. No stranger to the local nonprofit community, Ruth is using her skills and volunteering to bolster Band Together‘s grant writing strategy. About Band Together Band Together’s tagline says it all: “Raise funds. Raise awareness. Raise the bar.” Created after September 11, 2001, Band Together’s mission is to build capacity for Triangle-area nonprofits by amplifying their impact on the community in which we live, using live music as a platform for social change. Each year Band Together chooses a partner charity with the potential to reach a major milestone with funding support. To do this, Band Together itself must build its funding resources. Enter: Ruth Peebles, The Innovative Solutioner. Using Professional Skills to Provide Solutions Ruth is a veteran in the nonprofit industry with over 26 years of experience in providing innovative solutions related to nonprofit management, resource development and grant writing. Ruth’s grant writing consultation will help Band Together diversify its funding base, build its own capacity and ensure long-term sustainability. I first learned about Band Together’s innovative mission to support nonprofits and the Triangle community about 14 years ago while I was serving as Development Director of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. With her extensive experience and long list of past nonprofit clients from Loaves and Fishes Ministry to Communities In Schools of Wake County, Band Together Executive Director Matt Strickland thinks Ruth is the perfect professional to help Band Together “raise the bar”: I have been so impressed by the ease and professionalism of our Pro...