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Swank Photo Studio teams up with Activate Good to take back 9/11| Team Awesome Sauce

ag 67 blog Swank Photo Studio teams up with Activate Good to take back 9/11| Team Awesome SauceLast September I had the awesome opportunity to join my good friend Rose Thompson while documenting the 9/11 Day of Service, Activate Raleigh 2013. The day was organized by Activate Good, a volunteer center based in Raleigh that connects individuals, groups and companies to volunteer needs with nonprofits, along with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Rose is a Volunteer Coordinator for Activate Good and was telling me about how all the hard work was coming together into a day when local businesses, groups, and individuals would unite to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteerism and acts of kindness around Raleigh and the Triangle. I was hooked and immediately told Rose that I was joining her – all day – in her Routan, affectionately called ‘the Bus’.

“I couldn’t believe that she would donate her entire day and her talents to take this wild ride with me, but she did! Having her jovial-self riding shotgun with her trusty camera, Nelly, in tow was so much fun and it made a long, yet very busy day zoom by.” – Rose

I joined Rose as she checked in with Team Leaders and Project Host’s at a variety of projects to see what progress was being made. My task was documenting those stops along the way. Nearly 1500 volunteers worked on 47 projects in over 70 shifts throughout the day. The following are the projects I encountered. I extend kudos to those individuals and businesses that gave joyfully of themselves that very special day.

–          Raleigh City Farm, shift adopted by Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy

–          Gardening at Bugg Elementary for CONCERT, adopted by Gibbs & Soell Business Communications

–          Moore Square litter pick-up with City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation, shift adopted by French West Vaughan

–          Roberts Park mulching project with City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation, adopted by individuals and Raleigh Shields of Hope

–          Global Hope for India care packages, adopted by Kimley-Horn and Associates

–          Raleigh Rescue Mission, lunch adopted by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance

–          Provide companionship to seniors with SERA, Inc. at the Ralph Campbell Community Center

–          Work day at the Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab, shift adopted by the Redwoods Group

–          BEST Raleigh‘s Post-it Note Mural, adopted by volunteers documenting residents/visitors answers to “What do you love?”

Fellow citizens and volunteers convened that night at the Red Hat Amphitheater for the Evening Commemoration of Activate Raleigh where they enjoyed live music by Mary Selvidge & Doug Casteen and the Chris Hendricks Band, participated in several hands-on service projects, donated non-perishable items for an on-site food drive, and heard Mayor Nancy McFarlane declare Raleigh to be the first “City of Service” in our state.

There is JOY is service. My joy was being able to use the talents God gave me in a way that helped others. I pray the photographs I took that day inspire you to joyfully give of yourself in any way you can.

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