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by | Jan 27, 2017 | The Triangle |

Backpack Buddies at Interfaith Food Shuttle.

“People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible,” Tom Vilsack.

As a member of the REALTOR® Foundation of Wake County’s Community Service Committee, my most fulfilling experiences have come through volunteering at a number of our local charities. It is satisfying and hard work. I have served meals at Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, helped build a playground for the Raleigh Parks Department, and worked to create a vegetable garden at the Healing Place of Wake County. I’ve painted and cleaned at Wrenn House. I have gotten sunburned outside of a Walgreen’s collecting diapers for St. Savior’s Diaper Train. In the process, I discovered hidden talents and made new friendships.

The opportunities to volunteer in our region are as varied as the charities themselves. The need is real for over 62,000 people in the Triangle area. An estimated 2,736 students in Wake County are homeless. Each soup kitchen serves over 9,000 meals a year. Food pantries sometimes have to turn people away.

The Wake Resource Guide is invaluable for identifying the areas of need and where to go for help. You will find more opportunities to volunteer at Charity Vault.

My Journey Bag Project for the Methodist Home for Children.
Wrenn House, shelter for teens in Eastern NC.

Choose something you feel strongly about – hunger, education, the environment or animals. How about mentoring youngsters or teaching adults to read? Charities need volunteers to fill all manner of positions – analyzing data, manning a crisis hotline, and delivering groceries to seniors, to name a few. You can give money, donate clothing, food, or furniture but none of these equal the personal satisfaction and sense of purpose that hands on volunteering provides. Whether giving an hour or two when it fits your schedule or committing long term, your help is vastly appreciated. It’s not so important how you choose to strengthen our community, but that you do it.

Want to volunteer in the Triangle?

Reach out today!

About Cynthia Taylor.

Cynthia Taylor is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Brier Creek office.

“It gives me great satisfaction to help others during what can be a highly stressful time,” says Taylor.

In her spare time, she is a wife, mother of two, and a vegetarian. She enjoys reading, gardening and solving cryptogram puzzles.

Cynthia is a member of the Raleigh Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region.  FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit