To help faculty, staff, students, and alumni easily access volunteer opportunities, Durham Tech designated several Community Partners during the Year of Service. Although the Year of Service has come to a close, many on our campus have continued to serve with these partner organizations, and we look forward to our future collaborations!
Briggs Avenue Community GardenThe Briggs Avenue Community Garden opened in April 2011, giving 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. Durham Tech students helped the garden create new plots and compost bins.
Dr. Ingram joins Mayor Bill Bell, Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow, Extension Agent Michelle Wallace, and Garden Coordinator Santos Flores among others in the official ribbon cutting for the garden.
R.N. Harris ElementaryR.N. Harris Elementary is a magnet school for the arts located next door to Durham Tech. Durham Tech students worked there as mentors, tutors, and classroom assistants, helping the children reach their educational goals. Other projects included Boxtops for Education collections and the construction of success binders during the MLK Day of Service 2011.
Project DEgree student Dexter Robinson talks with an R.N. Harris student about the collections Durham Tech provided to the school. Some of the 3,600 items collected by Gateway to College and Project DEgree students can be seen in the background.
Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization, works to provide safe, affordable housing to low-income members of this community. Durham Tech volunteers worked on construction sites and at their ReStore retail location.
Meals on Wheels of DurhamMeals on Wheels of Durham delivers hot, nutritious meals to Durham County residents who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.
Playworks DurhamPlayworks brings healthy, inclusive play to school recess in Durham, developing leadership and teamwork skills while encouraging physical activity.
Project LinusProject Linus is a nationwide volunteer network dedicated to providing blankets to children undergoing illness or trauma. Volunteers at Durham Tech set a goal of making 50 blankets for our 50th Anniversary Year of Service, but went above-and-beyond, making 185 blankets in time for the Year of Service celebration!
Read Seed, Inc.Durham Tech volunteered for Read Seed, Inc. by providing general office help and by assisting with their annual Read-A-Thon. For the Read-A-Thon, Durham Tech employees and students decorated Holton Resource Center with book-themed reading nooks, guided parents and children through the event, provided information on local community reading resources, and even dressed in costumes representing several beloved children's book characters. Additionally, Durham Tech provided emergency storage space for Read Seed's book supply when their Liberty Warehouse space became inhabitable.
Museum of Durham HistoryThe 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. They are working towards establishing a permanent home for the museum. Durham Tech volunteers helped organize the History Rocks benefit concert and are working on ways to market the Museum to the community.
ASUT History instructor Jim DePalma, (far right) and Service-Learning Coordinator Erin Riney (second from left) enjoy the History Rocks benefit concert with Museum Board Chair Lew Myers (left) and former Museum Board Chair Tom Krakauer (second from right).
Veterans Helping Veterans of AmericaVeterans Helping Veterans is a one-stop resource center where Veterans can find information about services needed for civilian life. Services include job and life skills training, benefit tracking, peer-to-peer counseling, and housing, health, and food assistance.