A Portrait of Helping Others

Elizabeth Towns shares a moment with a feline resident of Cat Angels Pet Adoptions in Cary on June 15. While adoptions soared early in the pandemic, the center quickly filled back up.

Activate Good, a Triangle nonprofit that mobilizes individuals to volunteer and improve the community, has partnered with photojournalist Bisi Cameron Yee to create a collection of photos and stories highlighting Triangle volunteers this summer.

The ‘Look for the Helpers’ collection includes photos showcasing community members serving in a variety of ways, from delivering groceries to taking care of animals up for adoption. These images of people coming together during the pandemic highlight the amazing organizations and volunteers doing necessary work to help those in need during challenging times.

“As our community, the country, and the world continue to face enormous challenges as part of or resulting from the pandemic, we thought it was important to shine a light on some of the good being done, too,” said Amber Smith, executive director, Activate Good. “We believe people have the capacity to rise above these times, if we educate ourselves about the issues and commit to working together to address them. We hope these images of people in our community helping one another spark others to help out, too.”

Examples of some images included in the collection:

● Volunteers spending time at Cat Angels Pet Adoptions

● A graduation ceremony at CORRAL Riding Academy in Cary

● Volunteers with WakeUp and Read sorting through books to combat summer reading loss for local kids

● Volunteers tending the vegetable garden at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Camden Street Garden in Raleigh

● Helpers at Urban Ministries of Wake County working through the rain to help clients access food in their pantry

Each photo in the Look for the Helpers collection also includes a brief caption explaining the image. The complete final collection will be viewable online at activategood.org/helpers, and a selection of photos will be printed for display at select locations around Raleigh in August.

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