Triangle volunteering groups asks: 'What are you passionate about?'
Posted January 3, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A Triangle volunteer group is encouraging people to include compassion and good deeds in their New Year's resolutions, and they have plenty of ideas to help people get started.
Amber Smith got the idea to start Activate Good, a Raleigh-based nonprofit group, after she and a friend spent more than two months driving around the country, volunteering for various causes, 10 years ago.
“Along the way, we always heard the same thing – people want to get involved. They do. They care, but they aren't quite sure how to get started,” Smith said.
That journey jolted Smith into action when she returned to Raleigh.
“Activate Good is a nonprofit volunteer center, and we will connect individuals, groups and companies to volunteer needs around the Triangle,” she said.
Her organization works with 170 different charities and asks prospective volunteers specific questions.
“Well, what are you interested in? What do you like to do? What are you already passionate about?” Smith said. “I would say don't be afraid to just dip your toe in. Explore options that don't require too long term of a commitment at first.”
“There has been research that shows that volunteering and helping others lowers your risk of depression, lowers risk of heart disease and makes you happier as a person,” Smith added. “Our hope is that you will have a great experience and fall in love with the cause that you have helped out that day and of course decide to continue.”