Information about volunteer opportunities in Central NC during the 2018-19 partial federal government shutdown

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Thanks Lake Crabtree Trash Cleanup Volunteers!

Thank goodness it was warm! Seventeen volunteers picked their way through brush, muck and oh-so-many thorns Wednesday afternoon to pick up trash along the Lake Crabtree flood plain. Thank you all. You guys are great!



Events for the week of January 21st… Updated with Opportunities Through Friday

Thursday, January 24 – Note in the Pocket, Raleigh. Volunteer slots still available!

  • What: Help sort and package clothing for impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
  • When: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Where: 5100 Lacy Avenue, Raleigh 27609. Lacy Avenue is a side street off Millbrook Road between Old Wake Forest Rd and Atlantic Avenue. It is a white building with black awnings. NOTE: Parking is limited; carpooling encouraged
  • Number of volunteers needed: 12. Seven slots available.  Sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49AFAF23A13-note

More about Note in the Pocket: https://noteinthepocket.org/

Food Bank Friday! Who’s Up for an OAQPS v. ORD Signup Challenge?

UPDATED- see new signup info below

Back by popular demand! Join us at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh. We have 20 slots reserved for the Furloughed Feds group. Bragging rights to the office that signs up the most volunteers. 13 slots left. Find out Friday who wins!

New signup info. The signup link the Food Bank’s online system generated has quit working. To sign up, the Food Bank has asked that we do the following:

  1. Sign up as an individual volunteer here: http://bit.ly/2TaJduy . Select the 1 p.m. session for Friday on the calendar, and it will take you to the registration page.
  2. Send a comment below to let us know you’ve signed up — we’ll work with the Food Bank to get folks assigned to our group.

If you’ve already successfully registered, you’re all set. Thanks!

Here are the details:

  • When: Friday, January 25, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC.
    • Please note! If you normally would use Wade Avenue to get to Capital Boulevard, the northbound bridge is closed. If you’re coming from points west, take exit 289 from I-40 to Wake Ave, then take the Beltline (I-440E/US 1 N toward Wake Forest and Rocky Mount), to exit 11 (US 401 South/Capital Boulevard).
    • More directions – and information about where to go when you arrive — available here: http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_directions#cap
  • What to wear: Closed-toe shoes required. Also, it’s going to be chilly on Thursday, and the Food Bank building is only partially heated. Layers recommended!

Opportunities if we’re out the week of January 28

Hey, everyone. If we are still out next week, here are some opportunities for volunteering.

Urban Ministries of Wake County can use three volunteers each day from January 28 – 31. Urban Ministries engages the community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home. A number of furloughed EPA employees have been volunteering at Urban Ministries since we’ve been out.

If you’re interesting in volunteering, please submit a comment below. Please indicate which day you’d like to volunteer, and someone will send you the details.

More about Urban Ministries: https://urbanmin.org/  

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Salvation Army, send a comment below.  Volunteer tasks to be determined based on the # of people who are interested.

Resources for Furloughed Feds

Hey, everyone. Friday’s coming up fast, and if the government doesn’t reopen, there’s no paycheck coming our way. If you’re feeling the pinch, here are some links to resources that may be of help to you. Let us know if you know of others. We’ll update this list as we get more info.

Several local news organizations have published info on RTP area businesses that are offering free meals or services for furloughed federal employees.

Urban Ministries is providing food assistance for furloughed federal employees who live in Wake County. To learn more, see https://urbanmin.org/hunger-and-nutrition/

The Interfaith Food Shuttle is providing emergency food boxes to any federal worker in need. Learn more here: https://www.foodshuttle.org/blog/2019/1/18/food-shuttle-response-to-federal-shutdown

The Town of Chapel Hill has posted a list of resources here: https://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/14156/

EPA government shutdown website: https://www.epa.gov/2018lapse

OPM shutdown furlough website

If you know of other resources to add to this list, please share them by submitting a comment below.

Trash, trash everywhere: Thanks to Ellerbe Creek volunteers it is cleaner!

Below Freezing Books: Thank You Book Harvest Volunteers!!!

Organizing for AnimalKind: Thanks Volunteers!

Thanks to the volunteers who organized clothing and prepped items for the sale floor at AnimalKind’s ReTails Thrift Store on Friday!


Thank You East Geer Street Learning Garden Volunteers!

Many thanks to the 11 volunteers who dug, mulched, weeded, and created water retention pond for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle garden in Durham.  This winter gardening will help produce food for many in the neighborhood and throughout the community.


Volunteers Needed! Book Drive for Children: Martin Luther King Day Volunteer Opportunity

Hey everyone. Join us on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 21) to help at Book Harvest’s Dream Big event. The event is part book drive, part activity fair, part food truck rodeo — and part volunteer opportunity.

Book Harvest provides books and literacy support to children in need, and works with families and communities to promote children’s lifelong literacy and academic success. Volunteers will help sort donated books. Come early (starting at 1) if you want to enjoy the activity fair and food trucks; or stay late (after 4) to help clean up.

What: Sort books
Where: The Pavilion at Durham Central Park – 501 Foster St. Durham, 27701.  Street parking is available.
When: Monday, January 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Number of volunteers needed: 25.   6 slots still available.

Learn more about Book Harvest https://bookharvestnc.org/ and the event https://durhamcentralpark.org/event/book-harvests-dream-big-book-drive-and-community-celebration/

Sign up using the comment function below.

Building Homes for Seniors: Thank You, Habitat Volunteers!

Photos from today’s work. Thank you all!