eLink – December 6, 2016

Big, Wide, Profound – That’s Quick Impact

You can’t tell a lot about what Team Quick Impact does simply by looking at the name. Unlike placements like Shopping SPREE! or Boys & Girls Club, its purpose isn’t obvious. However, the name should really read something like Big Impact, Wide Impact or Profound Impact, because that’s what they do.

Quick Impact provides trained volunteers for one-time projects or events. It can be anything as small as addressing envelopes for annual mailers or as big as helping with the Rex Hospital Gala. Their impact reaches far and wide, because they don’t just benefit one organization, they benefit over 30.

During the 2015-2016 year, Quick Impact volunteered at over 50 events, logging more than 850 volunteer hours. Co-captains Nina Argiry and Leslie Scheve spent the last year improving the automated process that takes volunteer requests, as well as the system for volunteer sign ups.

Some examples of the high profile agencies that Quick Impact has been involved with are Communities in Schools, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rex Healthcare Foundation, SAFEchild, the Salvation Army, StepUp Ministry, the American Diabetes Association, the Triangle Down Syndrome Network and many more. Agencies may or may not be associated with the League, but all involved feel their strong impact.

The team doesn’t just help in the community; they also send volunteers to in-League placements in need. Placements like SPREE!, Bargain Box and BackPack Buddies have all used volunteers from the Team Quick Impact.

As a member of Team Quick Impact, you are required to perform at least 25 hours of service. Team members select shifts that work with their schedules and pick events that coincide with their individual interests. There is one kickoff meeting at the beginning of the League year and two or three team socials during the year. There are no specific skills needed, just a good attitude and the ability to work in a variety of situations.

Nina says her one of her main focuses this year is to make sure they are as visible as possible to the community.

“A challenge we have is that agency contacts are constantly changing, so a nonprofit that used us last year may have no idea that Quick Impact exists the following year,” Nina said. “We are constantly reaching out and re-educating, as this is the nature of the nonprofit sector…we do think it is important to leverage our members to spread the word so that more agencies are aware of what we do.”

One event Quick Impact has coming up is the Triangle Family Services’ Annual Gingerbread Benefit. Quick Impact volunteers will help set up the gingerbread houses and bag candy. This annual event is a favorite among Quick Impact team members.

If you are interested in learning more about the Quick Impact placement, visit the Quick Impact on jlraleigh.org or contact Co-captains Nina Argiry or Leslie Scheve to get involved.

IN THE LEAGUE

A Season of Giving: Community Volunteer Opportunities for JLR Members

During this exciting holiday time, there are many opportunities for the Junior League of Raleigh to give back. And who better to give back to than our Community Partners. From donating items to volunteering at events, we hope you will help the League make an impact on the community this holiday season.

December 6: Team Brentwood Boys & Girls Club Holiday Party for the kids begins at 6 p.m. at 2025 New Hope Church Road.  We welcome members to help out with the festivities, including handing out food and favors or playing games with the kids.

December 7: Team StepUp’s Santa’s Workshop will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Members are encourage to help out. Please contact Maeve Gardner in advance if you plan to attend.

December 8: InterAct is collecting items for their annual Holiday Bazaar. Click here for details on items needed or contact captains Lisa Coston Hall or Liz Cahoon to coordinate drop off for donated items.

December 15: Help celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the League’s partnership with Heritage Park by supporting the Sustainers “Winter Wardrobe Roundup.” We are collecting new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mitten, etc., for distribution to those kids in needs. We’re collecting items for approximately 40 kids, ages 5-16, with an equal number of boys and girls. Leave donations in the box in the Sustainer Lounge at the CCL. If you have any questions, contact Virginia Parker at 919-449-4634.

December 15: Team BackPack Buddies is accepting large bags of rice, which will be given to families in need for use over the holiday break. They are also collecting coloring books for a holiday treat for the children.  Please drop in their regular donation area in basement at CCL.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Making an Impact After Hurricane Matthew: Gift Card Donations

Thousands of people across our state have felt a tremendous impact from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Many of us are from these towns or have loved ones and friends in these areas that were hit the hardest. We have heard firsthand the challenges these people are facing and will continue to endure in the months ahead.

We, as a League, have a great opportunity to pull together and support these areas through various relief efforts. What an opportunity we have to impact our state by supporting those who need it the most!

How can you help now?

Gift Cards Donations – We are collecting gift cards to Target and Walmart in five dollar increments to distribute to impacted areas. Drop off gift cards with a staff member at the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership. Gift cards will be sent to the Junior Women’s Association of Greenville, NC and Junior League of Fayetteville every Friday starting October 21. These groups will distribute them to hurricane victims in their areas.

We will also be rolling out several other ways that we can participate in relief efforts. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

SUSTAINERS: THINGS TO REMEMBER

Sustainer Calendar

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Sustainer Calendar here.

Community Service Opportunities

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Community Service Opportunities here.