Activate Good Launches Month of Service

Volunteers sort potatoes at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. During Activate Good's September “United We Help” campaign, community members are invited to volunteer at local nonprofits, like the food bank, or participate in virtual service opportunities. (Photo by Bisi Cameron Yee for Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project)

This year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Activate Good is changing the format of its traditional day of service to honor those lost on September 11, 2001.

With the goal that September will be a restorative month of service, the nonprofit has launched “United We Help.” The effort will bring Triangle residents together to participate in safe in-person or remote volunteer opportunities, virtual learning sessions about local community issues, and a virtual 9/11 evening commemoration. Organizers believe that by working together during this time of critical need, people will gain tolerance and build understanding.

“2020 has brought many unexpected challenges and, in some ways, our society is as divided as ever. But service is something we can all do, and helping our community can help bring us together,” said Amber Smith, executive director of Activate Good.

During the “United We Help” month of service, Triangle residents are invited to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities — in-person or virtual based on their interests and availability. Some volunteer projects are scheduled at a specific day and time, and other opportunities allow volunteers to participate based on their own schedule.

In-person volunteer projects will be conducted in socially-distanced environments with masks and other safety protocols in place. Interested participants can view opportunities and sign up at

A variety of remote learning sessions will also be offered throughout September featuring leaders from Activate Good’s community partner network. The sessions will be interactive and cover topics including hunger, health and homelessness in the Triangle.

Activate Good’s annual 9/11 commemoration will be hosted online. It will include speakers and invite viewers to participate in at-home DIY service projects they can do while they watch. WRAL will live-stream the event.

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