October 1, 2017

One hundred and twenty blocks.

This swath of East Durham has seen some of the highest rates of crime and poverty in the Triangle.

To buck this trend, United Way of the Greater Triangle funds a collaboration between the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) and 10 community partners that focuses on providing children in those neighborhoods with opportunities, from job skills training to an afterschool music program.

Since 2008, EDCI has worked to provide families with high-quality services that prepare children for college or a career. This United Way collaborative partnership with EDCI creates or supports services in East Durham tied to economic stability, out-of-school learning, school readiness, access to child care and preschool, and home visiting and family engagement.

Here are the organizations that are part of the EDCI collaborative partnership:

  • East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI)
  • Center for Child & Family Health
  • Child Care Services Association
  • Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP)
  • Durham’s Partnership for Children
  • Village of Wisdom
  • Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs
  • Kidznotes
  • Durham Literacy Center
  • Dress for Success Triangle NC
  • Durham Regional Financial Center

United Way funds the work of these organizations, which are providing an afterschool music program, empowerment workshops for parents who have children in Durham Public Schools, job skills training, English as a Second Language classes, high-quality child care, nurse visits for newborns and their parents, and more in East Durham.

This EDCI collaborative partnership is just one of 17 partnerships located in Durham, Wake, Orange and Johnston counties that are supported by United Way of the Greater Triangle. In just three years, 98 percent of families being served by United Way’s collaborative partnerships report that they are now getting the support they need.

Duke employees can support the work of these 17 collaborative partnerships by making a gift to United Way’s “Changing Generations” fund. Please make a gift today to United Way of the Greater Triangle through Doing Good in the Neighborhood.


Watch a United Way video featuring David Reese, president and CEO of the East Durham Children’s Initiative.

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