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Serving our community is important to Durham Tech. In fact, our mission and strategic goals clearly commit us to engaging with our communities in ways that not only help those we serve, but also allow us as a college to learn. Service, in other words, allows us to extend the walls of our classrooms and the boundaries of our campuses, providing students, faculty, and staff with hands-on, real-world experiences while helping others.

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Spring Semester 2015

United Way Poverty Simulation

Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wynn Multi-Purpose Room
The Poverty Simulation is a unique tool that educates everyone about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It is a powerful way for an organization to help its employees understand what it is like for people in the Triangle who live in poverty. It opens people’s eyes and provides insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families. The simulation requires a minimum of 40 participants. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to participate. Register in advance at . Email with any questions.

What is the Poverty Simulation?  It’s an interactive experience in which participants role play the lives of low-income families. Each family is tasked with securing food, shelter, and other basic necessities from various community resources (played by volunteers). The simulation provides insight into the daily struggles of poverty that consume many working poor families. More information, including a brief video of a Poverty Simulation in the Triangle, can be found here:

Durham Crop Hunger Walk

Each year, Durham Tech students, faculty, and staff form a team to raise money and awareness for hunger relief locally and around the world. In Durham, walkers get their family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends to pledge dollars for the walker’s participation in an 8K (4.8 mile) walk. There’s no fee to participate, but we encourage each walker to set a personal fundraising goal

Sunday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. (Registration and Global Village activities begin at 1:30 p.m.)
The walk begins and ends at Duke Chapel, making a loop around Duke’s East Campus and the Walltown Neighborhood.

75 percent of funds go to Church World Service’s crisis assistance and development programs. 25 percent of funds go to local hunger relief programs, like the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, which benefits our Campus Harvest Food Pantry.

Join our team at
Set yourself a personal fundraising goal and use the tools on the site to share your goal with family and friends.


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 “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Excerpted from “The Drum Major Instinct,” 1968.

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