Volunteer Raleigh - August 2022 Newsletter

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August 2022

Volunteer Raleigh Newsletter

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July and August have brought both extreme temperatures and record prices for many essentials for everyday living. Individuals and families are finding it hard to pay for basic needs. The importance of volunteerism is amplified during these crucial times.  My summer travels to the Points of Life Conference was an important reminder of the need to share both ideas and resources to maximize our ability to impact our neighbors.

The conference was also helpful in highlighting that there is tremendous value in networking with others who are focused on this important work. We can really support each other to process the impact of the multiple shifts in our homes, our schools, our careers, and our city. Volunteer Raleigh will continue to work to support our communities. 

In fact, a team of colleagues and I recently had an opportunity to volunteer with Oak City Cares. Our morning started with a tour of the facility and an opportunity to learn more about all the resources and services offered on-site. The team helped with sorting and organizing important items distributed by the organization including shoes, clothing, and hygiene items. 

Thanks for all you do!

Tara Waters
Volunteer Raleigh Program Manager

Spotlight on Volunteer

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When Carolyn Covington Marshall was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) a degenerative eye disease and became legally blind, she rose up to meet the challenge. While it has not always been easy, Carolyn has a fighting spirit and innovative mind.

Her vision without sight to continue to impact others in various industries as well as advocate for those with disabilities. Carolyn uses her voice to advocate for those who need it the most as well as inspiring entrepreneurs in their business goals and aspirations. She is an active member of the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and chairs their annual awards banquet. To learn more about her story and her work, please visit Insightful Visionaries.

Spotlight on Volunteer Station 

AISCITE INSTITUTE (aka African Immigrants and Senior Citizen Institute) exists to empower, to educate, to provide skill and knowledge based vocational training and research. The organization collaborates with a local ministry to operate the STEMEMPOWER JR program.

Through a group of devoted volunteers, they teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to children ages 5-11. The program targets children from underserved communities who have limited access to STEM activities and camps.  Classes are offered through zoom and an average of 25 children participate every Saturday during the winter months. The institute is looking to expand the program. 

Volunteer Raleigh Advisory Board

If you are interested in having a voice in the way Volunteer Raleigh Operates, consider joining the Advisory Board!

For more information, please email volunteer.raleigh@raleighnc.gov. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30. 

In Our Community 

Human Relations Commission School Supply Giveaway

The Raleigh Human Relations Commission will distribute book bags and school supplies to students in the Tarboro Road community and surrounding area while supplies last!

The free event will be held Saturday, August 20th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find them in the community center multipurpose room and gym!

Tarboro Community Center:121 North Tarboro Street, Raleigh, NC 27610

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