November 1, 2013

Congratulations to the 36 local non-profit recipients of this year’s Community Care Fund awards! This was a very competitive grant cycle, and each of our 30 recipients submitted strong proposals in support of critical community projects. Grants ranged in size from $1,000 to $5,000, for a total of $115,925 awarded in support of great work around the Triangle.

The 2013 awards, listed below, are funded with dollars raised during the 2012-13 Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. Many thanks to all the valuable non-profits that applied, and to the Duke employee donors who make these grants possible.

We invite our Duke colleagues to sign up in support of this year’s campaign by clicking the blue “Make a Donation” button. As our donations increase, so does the reach and impact of this grant program! Follow the links below to learn more about each recipient organization.

  1. A Helping Hand: The Pre-Health Service Learning Program trains local college students pursuing healthcare careers to provide independent living services that improve quality of life, decrease health disparities and promote inter-generational engagement for senior clients in need.
  2. The Art Therapy Institute: The Burma Art Therapy Project addresses the unmet mental health needs of the local refugee population from Burma through individual and group art therapy services for refugees ages 5 to 65.
  3. Book Harvest: Funds will help the non-profit coordinate its MLK Day book drive, which collects more than 10,000 books for distribution to children in need.
  4. Child and Parent Support Services: The Healthy Families Durham program offers early childhood intervention services through an intensive home visiting program designed to reduce child abuse, improve parent-child interaction, and increase parenting skills.
  5. Coalition to Unchain Dogs: Funding will allow the non-profit to purchase materials and build fences for families in underserved areas of Durham whose dogs currently are kept chained outdoors, promoting the health of animals and communities.
  6. Communities in Schools of Durham: The Communities in Schools Graduation Coach program is the nation’s most effective dropout prevention model, helping at-risk students overcome barriers to success by connecting them to a trained and caring professional at their school.
  7. Community Empowerment Fund: Funding will expand the organization’s savings program in Durham through financial literacy education, goal-oriented savings accounts and financial coaching.
  8. Cornucopia Cancer Support Center: That Cancer Show, launched on Curtis Media flagship radio stations in 2012, is the only program in the country to offer plain talk about cancer and all the factors that influence the cancer journey.
  9. Diaper Bank of North Carolina: Funding will help meet the organization’s infrastructure needs, allowing it to expand its work in collecting, storing and distributing much-needed clean diapers to families living in poverty in Durham and Orange counties.
  10. Durham Central Park: Funding will allow the park to expand its public garden area to include the banks of the tributary of Ellerbe Creek, completing the restoration of that area of the park and improving water quality of the tributary.
  11. Durham Community Land Trustees: Funding will help DCLT to recruit and organize volunteers to complete small exterior home improvement projects for low- to moderate-income homeowners in the West End, Lyon Park and Burch Avenue neighborhoods of Durham.
  12. Durham Congregations in Action: The YO:Durham year of opportunity gives at-risk teenagers access to a Summer Career Academy, a long-term mentor, service-learning opportunities and a school-year paid internship.
  13. Durham Literacy Center: Through a series of workshops, resources and ESOL instruction, Escuela de la Familia aims to equip Latino mothers with skills parents need to learn and compete in today’s economy, build a strong family, and take an active role in their children’s education.
  14. Durham Triple Play: This baseball league, now part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program, offers inner-city males ages 13 to 23 the opportunity to play baseball, build leadership and life skills, and access ongoing academic and mentor support.
  15. Durham’s Partnership for Children: Blast Off to Kindergarten Activity Kits, strategically distributed to 500 children who have not had access to high-quality child care, will improve school readiness for those children through carefully selected games, reading and writing activities, and age-appropriate learning exercises completed with their parents.
  16. El Futuro: The Child and Family Trauma Treatment program brings critical relief to Spanish-speaking Triangle residents who have experienced trauma and are suffering from post-traumatic symptoms and impairments.
  17. Genesis Home: Family Matters, which provides housing and supportive services to 15 families at a time in private suites, allows families to attend weekly case management support meetings and evening enrichment activities, in addition to a series of tutoring and enrichment activities for the children.
  18. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: The Community Gardens of the West End and Lyon Park neighborhoods will employ local youth, increase access to fresh and local produce, and deepen relationships between neighbors.
  19. KidZNotes: Funding will allow this non-profit to purchase critical sheet music and instructional materials for the 300 children enrolled in its music program from five Title I Durham public schools.
  20. Ligo Dojo of Budo Karate: Funding helps cover the cost of a clinical therapist, which allows the non-profit to serve higher-risk, court-referred youth who benefit from the athletic and character-building aspects of the martial arts program.
  21. Meals on Wheels of Durham: Providing a daily newspaper and hot, nutritious meal to senior citizens increases their ability to live independently, improves their overall health and sense of well-being, and forestalls the move to a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  22. Museum of Life and Science: The Ignite Learning program provides low-income families year-round museum access and scholarships for the museum’s Summer Science Camp.
  23. N.C. Agricultural Foundation and Welcome Baby: The Cribs for Kids Durham program distributes porta-cribs at a deeply discounted price for parents in need and offers safe sleep training, reducing the community-wide risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and ensuring that every newborn who needs a crib has one.
  24. Playworks: The Junior Coach Peer Leadership program trains fourth- and fifth-grade students to oversee games, solve disputes and model positive behavior on the playground.
  25. Project Compassion: Circles of Care uses a team approach to provide free non-medical caregiving support to African-Americans living with cancer and other serious illness and to their family caregivers.
  26. Rebound, Alternatives for Youth: Rebound provides a supportive environment for middle and high school students who are on short-term suspension from Durham schools, allowing youth to stay up-to-date with school work, identify their strengths and goals, and engage positively with their families, school staff and the community at large.
  27. Reinvestment Partners of Durham: Funding will support the non-profit’s work to repair homes for low-income homeowners and provide healthy home information, with a focus on disabled seniors and single-parent families.
  28. Sales and Service Training Center at Northgate: In consultation with local employers, this non-profit has created a pilot learning program to teach Hispanic employees interpersonal skills designed to help them overcome cultural barriers that can prevent them from securing promotions and higher-paying jobs.
  29. Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club: Developed in partnership with Measurement Inc., the non-profit’s Reading Enhancement Project will provide 35 youth with research-based, authentic, student-centered reading materials and programming that will improve their reading and writing skills.
  30. The Scrap Exchange: Funding will support the expansion of this non-profit’s collections and materials processing program, expanding the community’s access to valuable, low-cost resources through its retail store and outreach programs.
  31. SWOOP: The Ramp It Up! program allows SWOOP volunteers to build wheelchair ramps for clients in need across the Triangle.
  32. TROSA: The TROSA Education Project provides the opportunity for residents to attend classes to obtain their GED and earn continuing education credits, college credits and even college degrees, helping them to remain substance-free and maintain their independence when they graduate from TROSA.
  33. Urban Ministries of Durham: The Journey Family program connects homeless families to job training, benefits, daycare, medical care and housing subsidies that help make decent housing both affordable and sustainable.
  34. Voices Together: Funding allows the non-profit to bring its proprietary model to Durham special education classrooms, using music therapy to increase and unlock language skills and social/emotional learning and help special-needs children function in their communities.
  35. YMCA of the Triangle: Funding will help the YMCA give every child in Durham the opportunity to learn to swim by third grade, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
  36. Y.O.G.A. and Durham Crisis Response Center: Moving Towards Recovery is a yoga and theater program that offers a non-threatening, holistic approach to coping and recovery for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children.
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