8 Ways to Volunteer in Raleigh for Global Volunteer Month

Help your Triangle neighbors out this April via Global Volunteer Month.

They say not all heroes wear capes—but volunteers are definitely a saving grace. If you’re looking to do some good yourself, Global Volunteer Month is this month and Activate Good has curated a plethora of local volunteer opportunities to take advantage of throughout April. 

The nonprofit—which strives to create a better world by mobilizing volunteers and improving the Triangle community through people-powered projects—has facilitated over 85,000 volunteer connections to causes in the area since 2013 (!). And now, Activate Good is gearing up for its monthlong Giving Together for Good annual campaign, with over $16,000 raised so far.

Here, we give you some ways you can make a difference in our fair city while helping Activate Good make a positive impact on the community. A win-win!

Fight Hunger in the Triangle

It’s a shocking statistic, but North Carolina has the 10th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. You can help those who are hungry by sorting and packing thousands of pounds of salvaged food for relief centers and food pantries throughout the region. How satisfying!

Walk (or Drink) to Defeat ALS

The ALS Association NC Chapter is looking for volunteers to help run its Walk To Defeat ALS event on Saturday, April 23. This includes helping with set up, collecting donations, and monitoring the walk route to make sure it’s free of cars. If you’re looking to get even more involved, you can sign up to participate in the walk as an individual or with a team! All fundraising for the event will help provide education, support groups and access to care for those living with ALS. Walk on! And for those who want more opportunities to defeat ALS, check out Raleigh Magazine’s monthong campaign, Gin for the Win, below.


For those with a green thumb or a genuine love for nature, check out Raleigh City Farm’s weekly Wine + Weeds volunteer opp. Not only will you be contributing to the farm’s growth (literally and figuratively) by mulching, weeding, harvesting and distributing produce, but you’ll also get to raise a compostable glass of wine to a job well done. We’ll cheers to that. 

Meals on Wheels Produce Boxes

Head to Durham for a berry special delivery—aka help Meals on Wheels Durham deliver over 580 produce boxes to clients on Saturday, April 23.

Grocery Delivery to Food Insecure Families

Either before or after your weekend grocery trip, lend a hand to those who can’t afford stocking up on snacks and sodas by joining The Marcus Harris Foundation’s weekly (Saturday mornings) Neighborhood Express grocery and supply deliveries to Southeast and East Raleigh families.

Field Trip Volunteer

Remember how fun field trip day was? Share that joy with some youngsters by chaperoning a group of students as they discover The Hub Farm in Durham. Cue The Magic School Bus theme song.

Families Moving Forward Childcare Monitor

Give the ’rents a break by assisting Early Childhood Specialist and FMF staff with watching over kiddos while their parents attend helpful programming and workshops. Work hard, play hard!

Gin for the Win Against ALS

Bottoms up for a worthy cause at Raleigh Magazine’s monthlong “Gin For the Win” happy hour pop-ups. Every Tuesday during the month of April, participating bars will donate 15% of all gin drinks sold to help support the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association NC Chapter! Bonus: Gin drinks at all of our partner bars benefit ALS in April (Dram & Draught, Highgarden, Aunty Betty’s, STIR and Longleaf Hotel, as well as Corpse Reviver in Durham). And if donating to our team is more your speed, do so here—100% of donations go directly to The ALS Association NC Chapter. We are raising funds the entire month of April!

Upcoming dates:

Tue., April 19 at 5pm, STIR Raleigh

Tue., April 26 at 5pm, The Longleaf Hotel Lounge/Patio

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