Volunteer Opportunities

Every semester the Center for College and Community Service publishes over 50 service events for groups of Durham Tech students, faculty, and staff. Volunteering at Semester of Service events is a great way to make new friends and help your community!

View and sign up for all Spring 2016 Semester of Service events

February

February 5, 2–5 p.m., Kids’ Science Kit Assembly at the Museum of Life and Science
Assemble science kits for local elementary schools at the Museum of Life and Science. No materials necessary as everything is provided by the museum. Sign up

February 6, noon–3 p.m., Valentine Party at the Genesis Home
Help children make valentine cards and play games to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence. Sign up

February 12, 1–4:30 p.m., Book Harvest
Book Harvest provides books to low-income children in central North Carolina to help close the achievement gap. Sort donated books. Book sorting triggers a sense of nostalgia as you encounter some of your favorite childhood books. Sign up

February 13, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Valentine Trivia at the V.A. Hospital
Host a Valentine-themed trivia game for the veterans. Volunteers will take turns reading off trivia questions to the veterans. Volunteers will also chat with the veterans and play other board games during the visit. Sign up

February 24, 5–9 p.m., Kramden Institute
Test monitors, refurbish desktops,and clean. Volunteers do not need experience with computers to volunteer. Kramden staff will be available to assist. Kramden Institute collects, refurbishes and awards computers to students and families without a computer in their homes. Kramden sells slices of pizza so if you would like to eat at the event bring some cash. Sign up

February 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Special Olympics Basketball Skills
Assist disabled children of varying abilities and ages through different basketball stations such as dribbling, shooting, and passing. Other volunteer roles include handing out awards, leading groups of children from station to station, and cheering the kids on! Sign up

February 27, 8:30–11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Habitat for Humanity Build
Restore a historic Durham house for a family in need. To fully register for this event you must see Jes Dormady in Phillips 310-C to fill out a paper application in addition to this online sign-up. You must wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting potentially dirty or damaged. You can sign up for one or both shifts. Sign up

March

March 2, 1–3 p.m., The Scrap Exchange
Process and Organize materials, and clean and maintain the store. The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse of materials. Sign up

March 6, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., UNC-TV Telethon
Answer phones to raise money for public television in North Carolina. This annual on-air fundraising drive, FESTIVAL 2015, supports the programs and services of UNC-TV. You'll enjoy free food and can tell your friends you were on TV! Sign up

March 10, 7:30–5 p.m., ASB Day: DERC & Book Harvest
A full day focused on poverty in Durham during faculty workdays/inclement weather days. You must commit to the entire day to participate and provide a $10 deposit. Please attend one of the two info sessions: Feb. 15th 2pm-3pm or Feb 18th 10am-11am in Phillips 310-C to learn more. The day's agenda includes volunteering at the Durham Economic Resource Center and Book Harvest and also includes a Q&A lunch session with local community leaders. Sign up

March 17, 6:30–8 p.m., BINGO night at the Ronald McDonald House
You MUST be at least 18 years of age to volunteer. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing programs for families who must travel long distances for their children to receive medical treatment, located in Durham and Raleigh. Bingo night is just one of their programs that provides a fun and supportive outlet for these families in a difficult time. Sign up

April

April 2, 9 a.m.– noon, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Workday
Wear closed toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will be sorting and organizing donated canned goods at the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC. Sign up

April 8, 2–4 p.m., Geer Cemetery
We will be clearing weeds, sticks, and other natural debris in the cemetery. Geer Cemetery is the oldest African American cemetery in Durham. It has been neglected since it closed in 1944 and Keep Durham Beautiful now organizes clean ups to help maintain this historical site. Sign up

April 13, noon–3:30 p.m., Spring Fling Food Drive
Sort and organize all the donations that we receive from the Spring Fling Food Drive. Meet in the Campus Harvest Food Pantry in Phillips 310-C. Sign up

April 13, 5–9 p.m., Kramden Institute
Volunteers will be assigned to various tasks such as monitor testing, cleaning, desktop refurbishing, or social tasks. Volunteers do not need with computers to volunteer. Kramden staff will be available to assist. Kramden Institute collects, refurbishes and awards computers to students and families without a computer in their home. Sign up

April 16, 9:30–1:30 p.m., The NC Therapeutic Riding Center’s Spring Festival and Horse Show
This is approximately a 30 minute drive from campus. Limited transportation available. E-mail Dormadyj@durhamtech.edu to reserve a seat in the van. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers will help with activity, craft, and game booths for disabled children and their families. The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center empowers children and adults with physical, emotional, mental and social challenges to create healthier and more fulfilling lives through horse-assisted activities and therapies. Sign up

April 22, 6:30–8:30 p.m., ARC of the Triangle: Friday Night Live!
This event is located in Chapel Hill. Limited transportation available. E-mail Dormadyj@durhamtech.edu. ARC’s Friday Night Live! events take place every Friday evening and consist of pizza, dancing, crafts and games for disabled adults and teens. Volunteer to assist with these activities and help these adults and teens have a great Friday night. Sign up

April 23, 10:30–1 p.m., Durham Rescue Mission’s Lunch Service at the Center for Hope
We will serve lunch to homeless men, women, and children in Durham. Durham Rescue Mission currently serves 400 men, women and children a day, 365 days a year throughout the Triangle by providing safe shelter, addiction recovery programs and much more. Sign up