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 […]

Kramden Institute connects kids with game design camps

“Oh no, my game’s broken. Oh, no. That’s not good.” Despite the technical hiccup, 12-year-old Jeremiah Gongs was quite cheerful as he leaned closer to his laptop and began typing on the keyboard. Little robots whizzed back and forth on the screen, pacing along walls that Gongs designed as part of his new computer game. […]

Building a solid foundation with Habitat for Humanity

Latosha McCauley usually gets home around 12:30 a.m. from working second shift as a housekeeper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then, around 8:30 a.m., she wakes up and heads over to the promising shell of her new home, where she grabs a hammer and gets to work. It will take about […]