It’s officially thankfulness season, and while many folks in our community are passionate about giving back to the city that has given us so much, it’s often hard to decide exactly what to participate in — given the hundreds of opportunities around the Triangle. Well, why not start by using what you love to help others?
We’ve made it easy to turn your passions into a gift by putting together this volunteer guide catered to specific interests. From artists and makers to those passionate about our local minority groups, we’ve rounded up opportunities for everyone.
💙 If you want to be there for abuse victims ○ Help children feel safe + comfortable by volunteering at SAFEChildNC ○ Donate goods for women escaping domestic violence situations or volunteer with InterACT
Dish ○ If you’re planning to let someone else do the cooking this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to place your orders before the deadline. Tohelp you plan your holiday feast, we’ve created a list of localrestaurants and catering options around the Triangle offering dine-in and carry-out options. 🥧
Coronavirus ○ Yesterday, NC surpassed 3,100 COVID-19 cases in a single day — a new record for daily reported averages. Positive cases are now ~8% of all tests in our state. 😷 (The News & Observer) ○ ICYMI, Governor Roy Cooper — based on recommendations from NCDHHS — has extended Phase 3 reopening protocols until at least early December + reduced limits on public and private indoor gathering to 10 people, effective tomorrow, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. (WRAL)
DYK ○ Effective yesterday, U.S. military veterans + Gold Star Families are now granted free lifetime access to all US national parks + recreation areas. Learn more here. 🥾(The Charlotte Observer)
DealOfTheDay ○ The Gramercy is offering your first two months of rent free upfront on 14+ month leases starting on or before Nov. 30. Mention that you saw the deal in RALtoday to take advantage of this special offer. Ⓟ
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Oftentimes, food and community go hand-in-hand. We gather together around the dinner table to make and share meals with those we care for. Since large physical gatherings may not be possible for the upcoming holidays, we’ve decided to help our community share food + come together virtually. 🧑🍳
We’re working on compiling recipes from our readers to create a RALtoday cookbook to share just in time for the holidays. If you have a perfect pumpkin pie recipe, go-to green bean casserole, or secret family sauce — we want to hear about it. Send us an email with your recipe (and photos if you have any) to be included in our cookbook.
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Community ○ Wellness Wind-Down: Nourishment | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Join RALtoday for a conversation with Linda Nguyen about how we can best fuel ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. 🥝
Learn ○ Virtual Science Cafe: Using Geography to Map Data | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 7–8 p.m | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will host James Alberque, the GIS + Emerging Technology Manager for the City of Raleigh, for a discussion on geography and map data. 📍
TryThis ○ DIY Body Care Products | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6:30–9:30 p.m. | Virtual | $45+ | A NC State Craft Center staff member will lead a workshop on how to create your own lotion, skin scrub, and lip balm right at home. Most supplies are included with the registration. 🧼 ○ Autobiographical Zinemaking | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $55+ | Students will learn bookmaking techniques, drawing skills, and how to creatively share their story. The second part of the workshop will be held Thurs., Nov. 19. 📝
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.