Creating “little stewards” for Ellerbe Creek

July 12, 2017

“Dirt!” “Humus?” “Clay!” Gathered around bags of top soil and sand, clear plastic cups, mason jars, and an orange water cooler, Eastway Elementary School third graders tested their knowledge of North Carolina soil. That Friday morning, Long Meadow Park was their outdoor classroom, and Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association staff were their teachers. Chris Sajdak, the […]

Durham’s ‘Strong Fathers’ strengthen parenting and relationship skills

  Dan’s son called them “angry outbursts.” Too often, Dan’s anger would boil over when the stress and commotion that comes with being a separated father became too much to handle. Too often, Dan would get frustrated while simultaneously preparing dinner, trying to coax his daughter to do her homework and racing against the clock […]

Duke employees make $51,000 donation toward Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

Replacing furnaces, tearing out moldy walls of homes and rebuilding livelihoods – The work continues in central and eastern North Carolina counties hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. To help with relief efforts in those regions, Duke staff and faculty visited the State Capitol in Raleigh on Monday and delivered a $51,000 […]

Helping Seniors Manage Their Health

April 10, 2017

Longtime Durham residents Donna and John Olive have been married for 50 years. During that time, they have supported each other in sickness and in health. They’ve faced a stroke, heart attack, heart bypass surgery and cancer together. Now, they take medications for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which add up to $140 a […]

Helping Stories Come to Life

Anita Woodley, center, held a “Stories Come to Life” workshop for middle school students in March. Anita Woodley’s five personalities shine in the Durham classroom. Walking around a sixth-grade English Language Arts class at James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School on a recent afternoon, Woodley clutched a messy stack of ruled notebook paper and played […]

2016-17 Campaign Results

December 12, 2016

Thanks to the 1,872 Duke colleagues who donated, the 2016-17 Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign raised $637,833 for local schools and non-profits. THANK YOU to our generous donors. Your support will make a real difference for schools, non-profits, health clinics and neighborhoods across the Triangle. As pledged at the beginning of the campaign, 10% of […]

Your prize is waiting! Last chance to enter

November 14, 2016

It only takes five minutes to donate $5. This is the last week of our community’s 2016-17 Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign, so don’t delay in joining the 1,358 Duke employees who have already made their contribution. If you donate by 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 18, you will be entered into dozens of prize drawings, and […]

2016 Community Care Fund grants awarded

November 1, 2016

The 2016 Community Care Fund grants have been awarded! A review team of Duke employees pored over 102 applications from outstanding non-profit organizations across the Triangle, and 46 non-profits will receive grants totaling more than $156,700. Non-profit applicants this year were asked to submit proposals meeting community needs identified as most pressing by our Doing Good […]

Addressing Diaper Need in North Carolina

October 23, 2016

Michelle Old first began thinking about diaper need when her infant son faced severe enough diaper rashes that he was hospitalized three to five times a month. “I had heard about diaper need, but I didn’t understand it until we were changing him 15-20 times a day, and he was still very sick.” After a […]

Coming Together for a Playground

October 22, 2016

Willie Patterson has deep roots in Durham. Born and raised in the Crest Street neighborhood, the 81-year-old has dedicated many years to his community. He serves as president of the Crest Street Community Council, and he’s been a tireless organizer and champion of the neighborhood since he founded the Council in 1975. “The neighborhood is […]