More Than a Roof: United Way of the Greater Triangle

October 22, 2016

A couch. A car. A motel. For many in our community, these words describe home. Until recently, the Joyners were a family living without stable housing. A family of four with a single mother and three children, they, like many other hardworking families in our community, lived in a hotel. Then the Joyners found More […]

We’re All Part of This Together

October 21, 2016

Kaitlyn Granda has worked as a physician assistant in the Walltown Neighborhood Clinic for 12 years, and she has been the lead clinician there since 2005. “I like very much that, over the years, I’ve gotten to know families and seen them through different transitions in their lives.” Based in Durham’s Walltown neighborhood, the Walltown […]

The Transformative Power of the Arts

October 17, 2016

Nestled in the historic Durham neighborhood of Walltown is the Walltown Children’s Theatre, founded in 2000 by Cynthia Penn Halal. For 16 years, Walltown Children’s Theatre has provided year-round performing arts instruction for young people: music, dance, theater, and so much more. Yet the mission of Walltown Children’s Theatre is not simply to offer arts […]

One Teacher’s Mission Possible

October 7, 2016

Carolina Musawwir doesn’t exactly take a break when summer comes around. In 2015, she created Peaceful Planet, an integrated summer reading program for rising second and third graders. It’s hosted at George Watts Elementary School, where Musawwir works as a teacher and literacy interventionist. “The summer months are the perfect time to provide extra instruction,” […]

2016 Community Care Fund Themes Announced

April 18, 2016

Our Doing Good in the Neighborhood donors have voted, and the 2016 Community Care Fund grant cycle will address the following community development themes: Food Access and Education—Helping to ensure all Triangle residents have easy access to affordable and nutritious food, and creating a culture of healthy eating. Education and Child Development—Providing enrichment and learning for […]

Creating Opportunities for Youth

November 30, 2015

Durham-based non-profit Partners for Youth Opportunity takes a holistic approach to creating a better future for Durham’s youth. The 75 students enrolled in PYO receive academic support, the option to have a community mentor, job skills training, and an internship. “The big word in our name,” says academic coordinator Dosali Reed-Bandele, “is opportunity. We are […]

United Way of the Greater Triangle

November 10, 2015

Meet Shane. He’s currently studying geriatrics at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, fulfilling one of his life’s dreams. Shane is also one of the 65–70 Triangle area young people who “age out” of the foster care system each year. “As a foster child I had a dream, but I didn’t know how to get […]

Neighbors Working Together

November 3, 2015

Alisa Johnson has lived in Durham, NC for thirty-three years. A resident of the Burch Avenue neighborhood, Alisa is also the chair of the steering committee of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project. QOL represents six Durham neighborhoods: Burch Avenue, West End, Lyon Park, Lakewood Park, Morehead Hill, and Tuscaloosa-Lakewood. Since its founding […]

Health Care with Heart

October 27, 2015

Zakeyah Gear has known she wanted to be a pediatrician since she was eight years old. “I want to know my patients by name,” she says. “I want to be able to help them—not only with medicine and care, but also as a person.” Zakeyah is a senior at City of Medicine Academy. This summer, […]