Let's make the Triangle #1 in volunteerism

We want the Triangle to be #1 the nation in volunteering.

Did you know? Fewer than 1 in 4 locals in our community are volunteering each year. If we can inspire more people to volunteer their time and talents to causes in our area, imagine the good we can do together. Our vision is a community in which volunteering and helping others is part of everyday life, every person realizes and exercises their potential to make an impact, and good causes get the help they need to solve social problems. Learn more about our ideas to make the Triangle #1 in volunteering in the nation, and how you can help:

I. Increase Access to Volunteerism

To develop a culture of volunteerism and helping others across the Triangle community, we need to integrate volunteerism as a natural and sustainable part of our community’s existing institutions, such as schools and the workplace.

1. Integrate Access to Service in K-12 Schools and Universities

Our Vision: Integrate service and access to volunteer opportunities into existing programming at K-12 schools and universities by:

  • Providing volunteer management and tracking support using technology to K-12 schools with student volunteer programs.
  • Encouraging more youth and family volunteering through our volunteer platform, community-wide Days of Service, and more.
  • Integrating service as a bigger part of learning at universities and colleges and providing additional opportunities to volunteer beyond campus to prevent graduates from dropping out of service once college ends (a current trend).

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Good

  • Since our launch in 2005, we have worked with college students, student groups, school service clubs, youth groups, and families to facilitate thousands of volunteer connections.
  • In 2008, we developed a Leadership & Service service-learning curriculum designed for Grades 9-12. The curriculum was piloted at Broughton High School in Raleigh and the East Wake School of Integrated Technology in Wendell during the 2010-2011 school year. It has since been used at the NC School of Science and Math, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, The Fletcher Academy, Garner Magnet High School, East Wake High School, Wake County 4-H, and Movement of Youth in Durham, NC. Over 350 Triangle area teens have completed the curriculum through their schools.
  • Since 2013, Activate Good has hosted Family Volunteer Day each year in November to highlight volunteer activities that families of all shapes and sizes can serve together.
  • In 2014, we launched a youth volunteer opportunity filter and enabled teens age 13 and up to create volunteer user accounts on our volunteer platform.
  • In 2016, we brought on a full-time Youth Programs Coordinator to devote more attention to the effort to engage more youth in volunteering in the Triangle.
  • Since 2016, Activate Good has served on the Wake County Public School System’s subcommittee to increase student engagement in volunteering in the community.
  • In 2017, Activate Good launched our first annual Teen Leadership & Service Summer Program to give teens an opportunity to learn about community issues, develop leadership skills, and volunteer while out of school during the summer.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover the costs of project supplies, outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Know of a family, teen, school, or college group who might want to volunteer in the community? Tell them about us.

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

2. Empower Volunteering Through Placemaking

Our Vision: Integrate volunteerism as a literal part of the landscape by launching a physical space, accessible to citizens of all abilities and income levels, featuring interactive volunteer activities and immersive learning about community issues and social impact.

Current Progress Towards This Vision: Future Goal
As of 2018, Activate Good is in the process of developing a formal, long-term business plan to launch a walk-in learning and volunteer action space.

How You Can Help: Once our business plan is complete, we’ll need volunteers to support advisory and fundraising roles to bring this project to life. Stay in the loop by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

 

3. Raise Awareness Through Commercial Spaces

Our Vision: Raise awareness about and encourage participation in volunteer opportunities through commercial spaces, such as shopping centers, restaurants, and others. Current ideas include:

  • Installing volunteer opportunity sign up kiosks in commercial spaces, such as shopping centers.
  • Partnering with businesses across commercial industries (restaurants, real estate, etc.) to launch marketing campaigns driving volunteer recruitment.

Current Progress Towards This Vision: Future Goal
Since our launch in 2005, we have partnered with a variety of businesses to conduct small marketing campaigns to raise awareness about volunteer needs. However, we dream of engaging in much larger, farther-reaching campaigns, such as reaching Triangle area newcomers through a campaign in collaboration with real estate agents, or partnering with a group of restaurants to conduct a volunteer recruitment drive during Restaurant Week or other key windows of opportunity.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover or support the costs of advertising, outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Know of a business who might want to partner on a special campaign to raise awareness about volunteering in the Triangle? Tell them about us.

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

4. Grow Employee Volunteerism Programs in Workplaces

Our Vision: Integrate service and access to volunteer opportunities into the workplace by:

  • Helping launch or grow an employee volunteer program in every company or local government department with 30 employees or more.
  • Advise on developing a volunteer culture within smaller businesses, start-ups or B Corps.
  • Promoting best practices and unity through a Corporate Volunteer Council.

Current Progress Towards This Vision: Good

  • Since our launch in 2005, we have partnered with a variety of companies to help facilitate employee volunteer activities.
  • Since 2012, hundreds of employees from a variety of Triangle area companies and local government departments have volunteered through our community-wide Days of Service.
  • In 2013, we launched the Triangle Corporate Volunteer Council, a network of businesses dedicated to improving the community and aiding local causes through active employee volunteerism. As of 2018, more than 20 companies are members.
  • In 2017, we helped facilitate employee volunteer activities with 89 unique businesses, up from 39 the year before.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover or support the costs of outreach and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Know of a company interested in getting their employees more involved in volunteering in the Triangle? Tell them about us.

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

5. Redefine Court-Ordered Service

Our Vision: Work with local court systems to improve the social impact of court-mandated community service by:

  • Collaborating on messaging to redefine “community service”. Promote service as an opportunity for learning, skill-building, and growth; not punishment.
  • Working with local courts to provide volunteer matching support for those mandated to serve, including a post-service reflection period and follow up for participants to encourage future service and an increased connection to the community. Over the long-term, track rates of recidivism for those who participated in these efforts.
  • Partner with county prisons to facilitate appropriate volunteer opportunities for non-violent offenders.

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Future Goal

  • Since our launch in 2005, Activate Good has worked with individuals needing to complete volunteer hours to fulfill court-mandated service requirements.
  • In 2016, Activate Good initiated dialogue with a local correctional center regarding volunteer options for non-violent offenders. At this time, we lack the capacity to launch this program, though it remains part of our long-term vision.

How You Can Help: To one day launch this initiative, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover or support the costs of launching this initiative and ongoing program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. We’re not quite ready to kick this initiative off, but you can help us build up our network of supporters by sharing what we do with your friends!

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

II. Bolster Dialogue About Volunteerism

To create a culture of of caring, volunteering and stories of service should be a part of more everyday conversations.

6. Increase Grassroots Conversation

Our Vision: Increase day-to-day conversations about service by recruiting, training, and mobilizing ambassadors for volunteerism to raise awareness online and to speak at events and with groups.

Current Progress Towards This Vision: Moderate

  • Since our launch in 2005, Activate Good has spoken at a number of community events and continued to grow our social media presence, where we showcase volunteer needs and the impact of volunteers daily.
  • Activate Good launched a Social Media Ambassador program in 2017.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover or support the costs of outreach and materials for ambassadors. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Share what we do on social media, with friends, coworkers, everyone!

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

7. Better Showcase the Impact of Volunteerism

Our Vision: Improve public support for service by demonstrating the big impact volunteering has on the community. Current ideas include:

  • Train “community scouts” to seek out high-impact needs and projects with nonprofit partners.
  • Create a crowdsourced Wiki page to compile research on community issues impacting the Triangle and how volunteers can tackle those issues.
  • Work with Nonprofits to clearly define impact statements related to volunteers’ work with their organizations.

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Good

  • Since our launch in 2005, we have worked with hundreds of Triangle area nonprofits to identify volunteer needs and high-impact volunteer projects.
  • In 2013, Activate Good worked with the City of Raleigh and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane to make Raleigh the first “City of Service” in North Carolina.
  • In 2017, Activate Good began developing an “Impact Catalog” to track the outcomes of volunteer efforts through nonprofit partners. We highlighted some of these impacts in our 2017 report.
  • In 2018, Activate Good launched the Triangle Cause Wiki.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover the costs of project supplies, outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Share what we do on social media, with friends, coworkers, everyone!

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

8. Amplify Media Coverage of Volunteerism

Our Vision: More media coverage of volunteer needs and stories of service to raise community awareness and encourage action.

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Moderate

  • Since our launch in 2005, we have partnered with a variety of print, television, radio, and online news sources to amplify coverage of volunteer needs, Days of Service and stories of local do-gooders.
  • From 2014-2016, Activate Good partnered with local media to showcase bi-weekly stories sharing the good work of volunteers through our nonprofit partners. We are currently discussing opportunities with new media partners to continue this effort.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover the costs of advertising, outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Know someone in local, regional, or national media? Tell them about us.

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

III. Build the Capacity of Nonprofits and Volunteer Managers

If we succeed at inspiring more community members to volunteer, we’ll need to ensure nonprofits working with volunteers have the training, capacity, and tools needed to help volunteers make the maximum possible impact.

9. Provide Support for Effective Volunteer Management

Our Vision: Nonprofits will have an increased capacity to manage volunteers and funders will recognize the importance of supporting volunteer management to increase the impact of area causes.

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Moderate

  • Since our launch in 2005, we have helped recruit volunteers to complete hands-on tasks, skills-based volunteers, and volunteer board members for hundreds of area nonprofits.
  • In 2016, Activate Good trained and certified its first group of local nonprofits as Service Enterprise organizations, increasing their volunteer management effectiveness.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover the costs of outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Know someone in local, regional, or national media? Tell them about us.

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

10. Provide Tools to Support Volunteer Management

Our Vision: Nonprofits will have access to technology and tools to make volunteer recruitment and management easier and more cost effective.

Current Progress Towards This Vision:  Moderate

  • Hundreds of nonprofits have used our online volunteer platform to recruit and manage volunteers since its launch in 2012.
  • Activate Good has facilitated in-kind donations of tools and supplies to nonprofits through partnerships during dozens of large-scale service projects since our launch in 2005.

How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:

  • Financial Support to cover the costs of technology development, project supplies, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
  • Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
  • Help spreading the word. Share what we do on social media, with friends, coworkers, everyone!

Stay in the loop to hear about more ways to support these goals by joining our mailing list.

Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for this 10-Point Plan to Make the Triangle #1 in Volunteerism here.

The 10-Point Plan is a work in progress that evolves as we learn more about changing trends in volunteering and community needs. Have a suggestion? Submit comments or ideas for the plan here.