2016-17 Campaign Results

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 […]

2016 Community Care Fund grants awarded

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

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

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 […]

We’re All Part of This Together

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

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

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,” […]