Youth program CommUNITY Scholars empowers Durham students

February 23, 2018

  Six-year-old Harrison, ruminating over each word of “The Tortoise and the Hare” yellow storybook, glanced up at his counselor to shyly talk about the moral of the story. “It’s not always about how fast you go,” said Barbara Parker-Hayes, sitting next to him and holding the book. In the classroom, she goes by Mrs. […]

Durham and Duke neighbors dedicate Habitat home

January 29, 2018

Latosha McCauley held up her cellphone and snapped photos of her new, pristine white washer, dryer and microwave. Saturday was her first time seeing appliances in the kitchen and tan carpet in the three bedrooms of her new Habitat for Humanity home. Since last fall, about 200 volunteers, including 50 Duke students with the Duke […]

Nonprofits receive 2017 Community Care Fund grants

November 13, 2017

This fall, 58 Triangle nonprofits will receive a Duke Community Care Fund grant in order to expand their programs, buy supplies or start new projects. The Community Care Fund is a competitive grant-making program that is funded by Duke employee donations to Duke University and Duke University Health System’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. […]

Doing Good in the Neighborhood Blitz Raises $540,758

November 6, 2017

This fall, Duke employees have collectively raised more than half a million dollars for community nonprofits, schools and neighborhoods. Doing Good in the Neighborhood, Duke’s employee giving campaign, holds a fundraising blitz every October. The campaign invites Duke employees to make a financial contribution that benefits important organizations and innovative programs in Durham, Orange, Wake […]

Doing Good in the Neighborhood kicks off in October

October 1, 2017

(Make sure to check out the Gift Impact infographic at the end of this story.) This month, Duke University and Duke University Health System employees are invited to make a gift to Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign, which benefits local schools, nonprofits and neighborhoods. Duke has set the goal to raise […]

Stepping Stones prepares children for kindergarten

If you’re happy and you know it, show a smile. If you’re mad and you know it, take a deep breath. If you’re proud and you know it, say “I did it!” Seven students hopped up and down on a colorful alphabet rug, singing these instructions together. In a Y.E. Smith Elementary School classroom this […]

United Way Supports East Durham

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 […]

‘Transplanting Traditions’ among acres of farmland

This documentary, which features Transplanting Traditions farmer Tri Sa, was directed by Morgan Capps and Heather Stewart Harvey for the Documentary Video Institute at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Surrounded by Thai banana trees and blooming hibiscus flowers, Tri Sa surveyed the acres of her farm plot with purpose, stopping to prune […]

Student U teaches students to ‘Read Fearlessly’

Ana Canseco-Orocio joined Student U when she was a sixth-grader at Durham’s Brogden Middle School. She was taken aback at first by the intensity of the program – Student U students attend a six-week summer academic program as well as a daily afterschool program during the school year. But she grew to love her instructors […]

Meals on Wheels of Durham delivers meals to the homebound

  After only a half-hour, the logistics of running a Meals on Wheels route starts to feel instinctive. Punch in the next address into GPS. Drive to the next house. Pop open the door to the trunk. Grab a hot meal and a cold meal from the insulated delivery bags. Walk up the steps to […]