Short on time but want to give back? 3 easy ways to help


There are plenty of reasons to volunteer your time or money. Check out this post about the health benefits of giving back. But, volunteering can be difficult if you have little extra time and money. Here are a few ways to be charitable without disrupting your life.  


1.     Be charitable online


Amazon Smile

With free two-day Prime shipping and endless supply of everything I need, Amazon is my go-to for online shopping. Amazon Smile is a simple and automated way to support your charity of choice. When you purchase anything through Smile, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase total to your charity.  


Good Search

Whatever you are passionate about, you can support the cause through this philanthropic search engine tool. GoodSearch donates 50% of their advertising revenue to any of the 54,000 registered organizations. And, with the recently added GoodShop, you can donate a percentage of the cost of your purchases. Available shopping on Amazon, Etsy, Best Buy, and many more- and has coupon codes available.


The Hunger Site

This site was created by GreaterGood to make giving back easy. The concept behind the Hunger Site is simple. Click a button for one of the 6 causes on and the site’s sponsor will make a charitable donation. And, if you purchase an item from the online store they will donate even more.  


2.     Be a sponsor!

Don’t have the extra time or money to give back? Try convincing your company to sponsor a local nonprofit’s upcoming event or project . Corporate sponsorships are mutually beneficial. The corporation provides the nonprofit with financial support and, in return, the nonprofit provides corporations with positive PR. In fact, 33 % of surveyed consumers are choosing to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good.  


3.     Volunteer on Saturday!


Looking for a way to help your community? But find it difficult to squeeze in during the work week? No problem! There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer on the weekend. Animal shelters, food pantries, local libraries, and YMCAs are all open and in need of volunteers of weekend warriors. We have revitalization project on the weekend that require lots of volunteers at Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Lend a hand on our next weekend project!




Less affordable housing. Is Airbnb the good or bad guy?


Over the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the growing popularity of Air Bnb. Not surprising.

According to the News and Observer, the number of people using Airbnb in North Carolina doubled between 2015 and 2016 and Raleigh ranks 3rd in the state for guests. Airbnb is only growing in popularity as the best way to find and rent a place to stay. And in 2016 generated $7.7 million in tax revenue for North Carolina and 778,000 guests across the state. But, not everyone is excited about the surge. Local bed and breakfast owners are reporting significant losses in business over the last two years. And other cities saw a decrease in affordable housing.

And as with anything that comes onto the scene, community members are wondering, "Will Airbnb cause my rent to go up?"

The short answer? Maybe. The longer answer? Read about new findings. 

Gentrification is a big word. What does it mean?

The Triangle remains one of the fastest growing areas in the country. And it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. According to the US Census Bureau, Raleigh metro was the 14th fastest growing in the U.S.- with Durham not far behind. 

Talk about fast city growth often leads to discussing gentrification. There are a lot of different ways to define gentrification. But, the truth is, it depends on who you ask.