How We Help Local Causes

Activate Good helps recruit and connect volunteers to fulfill volunteer needs with hundreds of Community Partners around the Triangle. We aim to be a “force multiplier” for local causes by providing this much-needed capacity, support, and expertise. Since we implemented current metrics tracking in 2013, we’ve facilitated over 47,000 volunteer connections to area causes.

Become a Community Partner

Are you part of a local charitable organization, school, or eligible local government entity in need of volunteers to support your mission? Learn more about applying to become a Community Partner.

Community Partner Services and Benefits

The services and benefits we provide Community Partners are free and take many forms. Learn about these varying services below.

Volunteer Support Services

Activate Good Community Partners receive volunteer recruitment and project support from Activate Good at no cost. Partners:

  • Can set up their own Partner profile to post all types of volunteer needs – one-time, skills-based, ongoing, board leadership, and more – on our online volunteer matching platform. Our volunteer matching platform allows Partners to manage and track volunteers conveniently from our website. We select volunteer needs to highlight on our social media and in our newsletter regularly.
  • Can submit one-time, group-friendly projects for consideration to be adopted by Activate Good’s own dedicated volunteer corps, Triangle Do-Gooders. Activate Good sends a trained project leader and agreed upon number of volunteers to fulfill these commitments. Contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.
  • Can submit “dream” volunteer projects which may or may not require a budget for supplies to the Activate Good team. Activate Good regularly receives inquiries from companies seeking large-scale, high-impact projects. When feasible / appropriate, a dedicated Activate Good team will also support projects by scoping, coordinating, sourcing supplies, and leading projects on site to complete these projects. Contact volunteer@activategood.org for more information.
  • Share stories and research about the cause your organization addresses and participate in our Community-Wide Days of Service and Volunteer Management Training programs (see below).

Community-Wide 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. Community Partners are invited to submit volunteer projects to take place during these large-scale events. Learn more about upcoming Days of Service and project submissions. See active Days of Service here.

Volunteer Management Training

Activate Good is a certified Service Enterprise Hub, trained and qualified to provide volunteer management training and certify nonprofit organizations in our local community as Service Enterprises. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fully leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on their social mission. Training is offered to Community Partner cohorts and is organized around their availability. Learn more.

Be a Part of Sharing Stories and Education

Community Partners are also invited to contribute to the stories and educational information we share with locals about area causes. Partners are invited to:

  • Contribute data and articles to the Triangle Cause Wiki, a section of our site designed to education community members on local issues.
  • Write a guest blog article for our blog. View other blog articles to consider what stories might be a good fit! Interested in submitting something? Contact info@activategood.org for next steps.
  • Have a testimonial about a volunteer matched to your cause through Activate Good? Tell us about it!

Additional Resources

Check out a few additional resources for our Community Partners.

Our Community Partners are saying…

“One of the smartest things Note in the Pocket ever did was partner with Activate Good early on. The volunteers, connections and advice we regularly receive from them is amazing and our program is stronger today because of this partnership.”
Dallas Bonavita, Note in the Pocket

“The impact of volunteers on our organization is, quite literally, incalculable. Through Activate Good we have been able to marshal the hard work, organizational skills, and ingenuity to help our organization grow, to expand the breadth and depth of what is possible on our stage, and to keep our theatre running smoothly both backstage and onstage. This leads to high morale among the actors and other artists working with us – that feeling of having a safety net under them, a core group of fellow citizens who are actively looking out for their well-being and working hard to make sure the work is presented in a professional manner. We have probably received 200 hours of volunteer time in the last year from these intrepid volunteers, and being, as I am, originally from the great state of Tennessee, I know a good “volunteer” when I see one!”

Jerome Davis, Burning Coal Theatre Company