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Amber Smith (second from left) and some of the Activate Good team gather at last year’s 9/11 Day of Service Evening Commemoration at Red Hat Amphitheater.

In 2004, Amber Smith (right) and Heather Leah hit the road to volunteer, laying the groundwork for what would become Activate Good.

Interested in Activating Your Own Good? Looking for a way to start volunteering? Plan now for Activate Good’s 9/11 Day Of Service 2015. It’s a great way to get involved if you are an individual who wants help, or a business looking to organize a group to volunteer. Visit ActivateGood.org to find out more about this event and other ongoing needs. Looking to motivate high school students? Learn about Activate Good’s Activate Schools initiative. The Community and Leadership Service Curriculum class is currently offered at local high schools. It’s a full credit, semester class that teaches students about the value of volunteerism, empowering them to become the next group of volunteer leaders.

resource in our area for matching those wanting to help with the nonprofits that desperately need the manpower. With a search engine that can be tailored by criteria that includes dates, causes and skills, volunteers can find their niche, making it a coup for those wanting to get involved and the 280 nonprofits that have come to rely on it. “One of the smartest things we ever did was connect with Activate Good,” says Dallas Bonavita, executive director of Note in the Pocket, whose mission is to provide clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County. “All nonprofits are three-legged stools. We need equal love and support from the community, sponsors and grantors, and volunteers. We are able to build relationships that strengthen our ability to serve through Activate Good. Amber has introduced us to so many quality businesses and individuals.” Richard Averitte, owner of Good Vibrations Consulting, is one of those individuals. He’s been involved with Activate Good for nearly five years, midtownmag.com | 55

Midtown Magazine  

July/August 2015

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