Durham Literacy Center improves literacy, opens doors

October 1, 2017

Martin Cuello is a 24-year-old information technology specialist whose dream is to study strategic planning at Duke University. He arrived in the U.S. two years ago from the Dominican Republic, and he is a native Spanish speaker. To eventually apply to Duke and begin his strategic planning career track, he is first strengthening his English […]

Durham children become ‘Bull City Fit’

In the back of the parking lot at Durham’s Edison Johnson Recreation Center, there are raised garden beds filled with beets, carrots and lettuce. Over the summer, children planted the seeds that became these leafy vegetables. They carried out the digging, planting and watering as part of Bull City Fit, a community outreach program by […]

Achievement Academy helps students go after their GED

The career aspirations of Antigonne Kelley and Anna Roman are different – Kelley wants to get her truck driver certification, and Roman is interested in technology and computers – but the way they are pursuing these aspirations is the same. Twenty-year-old Kelley and 27-year-old Roman are attending the Achievement Academy of Durham, a free, nonprofit […]

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 […]