Community Non-Profit Agencies in Durham and the Triangle

If you decide to volunteer with one of these agencies, be sure to document your hours in the Volunteer Log

AAS-C offers a full continuum of care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS: free testing and counseling, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, transportation assistance, nutritional services (counseling, food pantry, and liquid nutrition), housing information and referrals, and HIV and health education.

The Briggs Avenue Community Garden gives members of the community a place to grow fresh produce for their families. They provide educational information on gardening and nutrition, and they act as leaders in the fight against food insecurity in our community.

El Centro Hispano is dedicated to strengthening the Latino community and improving the quality of life of Latino residents in Durham, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. They provide health education and resources, ESL classes and tutoring, and family support.

Citizen Schools provides after-school and academic support to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In addition to providing academic support and preparation for high school, college and careers, Citizen Schools engages STEM and business professionals through "apprenticeships.” Apprenticeships are hands-on projects focused on helping students develop 21st century skills, exposing them to caring adults and potential future careers.

Have you dabbled in volunteering, but still haven’t found that experience that you’re looking for?  Do you have special skills that you think would be a great match for a community organization out there — if only you could find it?  Durham Cares might be the perfect solution to connect you to the service experience you’re looking for.Durham Cares provides volunteer matching to create the best partnership for all.  The goal is to meet the Community Partners’ needs while also helping individuals find meaningful opportunities to engage with their communities.

Durham Crisis Response Center's services include a 24-hour, confidential crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, short-term emergency shelter, hospital and court accompaniment, legal clinics, counseling, and referrals for community services.

The Durham Literacy Center helps teenagers and adults gain reading and writing skills, English language skills, and educational credentials (GED).

Durham Public Schools serves the local K-12 school-age population.

The Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves six counties in central North Carolina – Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person and Vance. It distributes food to local food banks and runs programs like the Weekend Power Pack and Summer Meals for Kids.

Genesis Home (Families Moving Forward) provides support to help families with children overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. Residents and staff work together to meet parenting, nutrition, education, job, and housing-related goals.

Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization, works to provide safe, affordable housing to low-income members of this community.

InStepp, Inc. empowers adult women and adolescent girls to succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, education, and prevention services.

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle works to provide sustainable solutions to food insecurity. Their programs include food recovery and distribution, culinary job training, children’s hunger programs, and field gleaning. They serve Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston, Edgecombe, Chatham, and Nash counties.

The John Avery Boys and Girls Club serves approximately 500 children each year through after school and summer camp programs designed to educate and empower underserved youth in the community.

The Kramden Institute provides economically disadvantaged students with home computers. They do this by collecting, refurbishing, and reusing donated computers, extending their useful lives with the help of community volunteers, educators, and corporate partners across North Carolina.

The Museum of Durham History’s mission is to make the stories of Durham's past come alive, encourage people to appreciate the richness of Durham's history, foster community spirit, and present a perspective on the past to help guide the city's future.

Orange County Rape Crisis Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to survivors of sexual violence. They also provide support groups, workshops, and individual therapy.

The Scrap Exchange promotes creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. They collect materials from hundreds of individuals, businesses, industries, and municipal sources and redistribute those materials through its retail store and workshops.

SEEDS educates youth and adults through gardening and growing food. Their programs include a community garden, youth entrepreneurship, and afterschool services.

The Society of St. Andrew is a network of gleaners who salvage fresh produce from farms and distribute it to local food banks.

TROSA is a comprehensive, long-term, residential substance abuse recovery program. Social entrepreneurship initiatives like TROSA Grocery help residents learn new skills and provide services to the community.

Urban Ministries of Durham provides food, clothing, and housing to homeless and low-income residents of Durham.

Welcome Baby provides parenting education and support to families with young children. Services are available for free to all Durham County residents with newborns and children to age five.

World Relief partners with churches and communities locally and abroad to serve refugee and other vulnerable populations. They focus on health, child development, food security, disaster response, and microfinance.

Information About Social Issues in Durham and Elsewhere

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