Togetherness in the Wake of Tragedy

A personal story on the lasting impacts of 9/11

Togetherness in the Wake of Tragedy

NC State University student and Activate Good intern, Shawn Fredericks, recalls the events of September 11 and reflects on the power of coming together to serve years later. During the tragic event that was 9/11, I was six years old living with my parents in Brooklyn, New York. I remember that day like it was …

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New Year, New You – Give Back in 2016 by Volunteering!

“New Year, New You”, is a common saying, heard mostly between the end of December and the beginning of January. There’s no doubt we’ll see all different types of variations of it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. But what if you could set a New Year’s resolution to be more giving, more kind, perhaps to …

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Behind the Glamour – A Volunteer’s Perspective on Couture for a Cause

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage at Activate Good’s signature fundraiser and fashion event, Couture for a Cause? Kayla Propst, one of Activate Good’s fantastic Fall 2015 interns, has been gracious enough to provide a recap of all the chaos, glamour, and hard work that was part of her experience that day. Volunteering …

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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 …

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The Power of Volunteering as a Family

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, National Family Volunteer Day kicked off the holiday season with do-gooding. Here in the Triangle, Activate Good hosted service projects for families to come together as a unit to make an impact for local causes. Family Volunteering Efforts Here are the beautiful results from all of the families who came out …

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Celebrating By Doing Good: Veronica’s Volunteer Birthday Party

As the Volunteer Coordinator here at Activate Good, I have been fortunate to receive many positive messages via email about:

  • Eye-opening volunteer experiences
  • Gratitude from nonprofit partners when volunteers tackled much needed projects
  • Messages from parents seeking ways to show their children what volunteering means
  • Educators planning ways for their students to take on service learning
  • Businesses wishing to donate to a number of causes and plan meaningful days of service for their staff
  • Churches wishing to engage their congregations in hands-on efforts,
  • And more!

These messages are one of the top reasons I do what I do.  At the end of the day, it is uplifting to be surrounded by Do-Gooders, and I am so proud of the volume of dedicated volunteers in the Triangle and the many ways that they choose to give back in an effort to better our community.

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From Philadelphia to Miami, Kristen Sylvester Brings Yoga to the Underserved, One Mile At a Time

After a line of traffic passes north on Raleigh Boulevard, suddenly you can see her: a lone, female cyclist dressed simply in a pair of black spandex and a short-sleeve, white t-shirt with a navy bandana tied loosely around her neck. She squints into the sun as she comes closer into focus, turning her hand …

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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 …

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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 …

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide: 15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

‘Tis the season for gift giving, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than through the gift of giving back? The following are just some of the many local Triangle-area businesses that turn your dollars spent into support for good causes. Check it out:

15 Places to Shop AND Support Good Causes

#1 – Ten Thousand Villages | Raleigh, NC

Located in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer, offering handicrafts by artisans in more than 30 countries. Products include everything from home and garden decor to jewelry, musical instruments, food and more.

Ten Thousand Villages gift giving
Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. As one of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships so that artisans may receive a fair price for their work while offering consumers access to distinctive handcrafted items. Visit their website here.

#2 – ReTails Thrift Shop | Raleigh, NC

ReTails Thrift Shop is owned and operated by AnimalKind, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. When you shop, 100% of the net profits from ReTails Thrift Shop go towards supporting AnimalKind’s pet spay/neuter programs, THE $20 FIX, and the SpayNC Helpline.

THE $20 FIX enables low-income pet owners to spay or neuter their pets for $20 or less. The SpayNC Helpline (1.888.NC.FIX.EM) helps residents throughout North Carolina find spay/neuter resources in their area. Visit the ReTails Thrift Shop website here.

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