Days of Service

Bringing the Whole Community Together in Service

Days of Service

Activate Good hosts a variety of annual Community-Wide Days of Service for the Triangle area, bringing together local volunteers, groups, and causes to make a big impact and recognize the power of people! Generally, our Days of Service can accommodate volunteer groups of all types and sizes. For volunteer groups interested in adopting a service project during one of these special days or events, please review Activate Good’s Volunteer Group Responsibilities before moving forward with group volunteer planning.

How It Works

Activate Good works as a “force multiplier” for local causes with volunteer needs.  We hope you’ll join the growing volunteer community in the Triangle by signing up to serve.

Search or browse volunteer needs posted by hundreds of nonprofits and schools (“Community Partners”) in our area. You can filter your search by cause, date, location, skills and more.

Sign up for the opportunity(ies) that interest you. When you sign up, our site will send an alert to the Community Partner about your sign up.

You’ll be contacted by a representative of the Community Partner you signed up to help with instructions on how to get started. Partners are asked to respond to volunteer sign ups within 48 hours. If you don’t get a response soon, contact us.

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Annual Calendar

January

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only U.S. federal holiday designated as a day of service. While formally this is held on the third Monday of every January, some years Activate Good extends this into a weekend or week-long event – it depends on the year and the opportunities our Community Partners have! 

To learn more about local efforts for annual MLK service events, please click here. (link being updated!)

Stay tuned for the latest MLK service opportunities by following us on social media, joining our newsletter, and checking out postings here!

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April

Annually across the nation, April is full of special volunteer campaigns. In the past, we have hosted individual campaigns as well as entire months of service. Regardless of our method, signups generally open to the public each February or March – and you can guarantee we’re basing our approach on community need and each April offers opportunities for the following:

Our local call to action for Points of Light’s larger National Volunteer Week campaign. Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been an annual campaign celebrating the power of volunteers through service, events, and recognition. Here in the Triangle, we engage individuals and groups of all ages and sizes, including companies, to impact our community in positive ways through projects with our more than 400 local nonprofit partners! 

Our local call to action for Youth Service America’s larger Global Youth Service Day. Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign celebrating and mobilizing millions of youth improving their communities through service and service-learning. Here in the Triangle, we aim to activate teens to realize their potential to do good for the Triangle by engaging them in volunteer work to benefit some of our more than 400 local nonprofit partners! 

Annually on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement established in  1970. For more about the history of Earth Day, visit earthday.org

September

Our local call to action for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Each year, with the support of local businesses, Activate Good coordinates its Triangle-wide 9/11 Day of Service to mark the anniversary of September 11 and honor those lost with volunteer service. We engage thousands of volunteers to serve the Triangle community through a menu of service projects – as well as our signature Commemoration Event, complete with guest speakers, music, and additional family-friendly service projects. Service projects benefit a variety of Activate Good’s nonprofit partners and other local causes; tasks range from clearing new hiking trails to crafting helpful items for sheltered pets to packaging food for those in need – and much, much more.

Each summer, Activate Good begins matching volunteer groups to appropriate projects in July, and posts public opportunities online as they become available in August.

Check out the most recent news about annual 9/11 events here.

November & December

Our local call to action for Points of Light’s day of service to celebrate the power of families.

Established more than two decades ago by Points of Light, Family Volunteer Day was founded to demonstrate the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help their local communities. Presented by generationOn and sponsored by Disney, Family Volunteer Day is strategically held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as a way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season with giving and service, and signal the start of National Family Week. Activate Good offers its signature, family-friendly volunteer event – Craft for a Cause – to make volunteering accessible to families with children of all ages and demonstrate how you can make a difference for a cause no matter where you are. Other family-friendly opportunities may also become available based on the availability of our nonprofit partners. Our list of opportunities usually becomes available in early October.

Volunteering during the winter holiday season is especially popular – but we hope folks know their participation is needed and valuable all year long!

There are many winter holidays honored through service in our community, and every year Activate Good works with Community Partners to cultivate ways to give back. 

To stay tuned for news on seasonal campaigns and needs, follow us on social media and join our newsletter!

View current winter campaigns here.

More Information

Want to get the whole crew together? Are you a nonprofit and interested in submitting a project to be considered for part of a Day of Service? Let us know!

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