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Activate Good

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Mission

Our Mission is to activate volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Our Vision:
Volunteerism is an important facet of civic and community life and an indicator of the health of the overall community. Volunteerism benefits the thousands of nonprofit causes that provide necessary services in our community, and provides physical, mental, and emotional benefits to the individuals volunteering. Activate Good envisions a world in which… Volunteering and doing good for others is part of everyday life. All people realize and exercise their potential to make a difference. Good causes get the help they need to make positive changes in the communities they serve. 

Location

Raleigh, NC

History

Our organization was founded in 2005 under the name ME3 (motivate, educate, empower, and engage). ME3 was launched following a two and a half month cross-country road trip during which co-founders Amber Smith and Heather Leah conducted random acts of kindness and volunteered with a variety of causes in over 20 states. Along the journey, they discovered that many they met were very interested in volunteering, but didn’t know how to get started. At the same time, nonprofits had a great and consistent need for more volunteers to help them serve and improve the communities they worked in. This experience inspired the friends to found ME3 to close the gap between those who wanted to help out but didn’t know how, and those causes that needed volunteer help from more people in the community. In 2011 we changed our name to Activate Good to better reflect our growing role and future as a facilitator of more volunteerism in our community.

The Activate Good name embodies our excitement to continue empowering volunteer action and good works in Raleigh, the Greater Triangle, and beyond! We recognize that connections to others around us are what inspire people to volunteer action. By further building these connections through our new approach, volunteers who join our community can become connectors themselves, bringing more and more local people into the fold and increasing the collective impact we can have on local causes.

Who Do You Serve

Works as a “force multiplier” for local causes with volunteer needs. Through our outreach efforts and online volunteer community, we help recruit and connect individuals, groups, and companies to fulfill volunteer needs with partnering nonprofits in Raleigh and the Greater Triangle. Empowers the next generation of young volunteers and community leaders through our Activate Schools initiative by offering an elective leadership and service class in participating local high schools.

Proudest Accomplishment

Working with City of Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane to make Raleigh the first “City of Service” in North Carolina (see citiesofservice.com for info) and asking citizens to pledge to make volunteerism a part of our local culture and community at our 9/11 day of service evening commemoration in 2013.

Greatest Need

Volunteers!

Future Plans

We would love to see our community become #1 in volunteerism in the nation. It’s a big, big goal, but we’ve gotta dream big! We’ll partner with local institutions, companies, schools, and more to rally locals to get involved.

Website & social media sites

http://www.activategood.org

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