Every year, the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign makes it easy for Duke employees to make a difference in Durham through community-based philanthropy. During the 2013-14 campaign, employees donated more than $660,000 for local schools and non-profits. The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs coordinates both the fundraising and grant-making sides of Doing Good in the Neighborhood.
The 2014-15 campaign kicked off last week, and office staff are busy reaching out to donors and raising awareness of the campaign across the university and health system. We love this time of year, because we get to meet and hear from so many of our colleagues in other departments. And because we know Duke employees are generous with their time and treasure when it comes to the schools and non-profits they know, we are always grateful to see how many also give through Doing Good in the Neighborhood. It’s truly a collective effort of colleagues, and the funds raised make a big difference to the organizations that receive them. When Duke employees give together, we have a greater impact than we could alone.
It’s also a busy time for the grant-making team, as September and October are the months for reviewing and scoring Community Care Fund proposals. The Community Care Fund is the most popular giving category of Doing Good in the Neighborhood, and donations directly support competitive grants to local non-profits.
For the 2014 grant cycle, non-profit applicants were asked to submit proposals meeting community needs identified as most pressing by our donors. The themes chosen were Community Health, Food Insecurity, Homelessness and School Readiness.
The review team of Duke employees pored over 55 applications from outstanding non-profits across the Triangle, and 34 organizations were awarded grants totaling more than $145,000:
- Alliance Medical Ministry: Helping patients in need overcome barriers to a full recovery, by helping them develop long-term strategies for a healthy lifestyle.
- Book Harvest: Helping to prepare children from low-income families for each school year, by providing books for their own library at home.
- Communities in Schools of Durham: Bringing the evidence-based Student Support Specialist model to four high-need elementary schools, to put our youngest students on track for long-term educational success.
- Community Empowerment Fund: Building the stability and independence of individuals struggling with homelessness, through personalized financial literacy and coaching and the establishment of goal-oriented savings accounts.
- Community Health Coalition: Improving community health outcomes through the Blood Pressure Education program/ Check It, Change It!
- Diaper Bank of NC: Building organizational capacity to meet the substantial and critical need for clean diapers among low-income families with infants in Durham and Orange counties.
- Dress for Success Triangle: Offering a 10-week, 12-session program to help more than 150 under- and un-employed women identify and develop skills and secure lasting employment.
- Duke HomeCare & Hospice: Helping children develop coping mechanisms to deal with the physical and emotional impact of losing a close family member.
- Durham Economic Resource Center: In a collaboration with Durham Literacy Center and Urban Ministries of Durham, providing comprehensive literacy skills and job training to help homeless individuals obtain employment and stable housing.
- Durham Farmer’s Market: Through the Double Bucks program, improving access to fresh and local foods for low-income residents of Durham’s food deserts.
- Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network: Providing comprehensive case management to help homeless families access the full range of resources they need to find and maintain housing.
- Durham Literacy Center: Through the English for Speakers of Other Languages program, helping adult immigrants from more than 20 countries develop the language and survival skills needed to advocate for themselves, accomplish their goals, and interact with the community.
- Durham’s Partnership for Children: Building school readiness skills among pre-school-aged children and connecting them and their families to their local school through targeted Blast Off to Kindergarten events, kits and outreach.
- El Futuro: Providing high-quality, one-of-a-kind services to local Spanish-speaking children and families with behavioral health needs.
- Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association: Connecting young underprivileged children to hands-on nature education that prepares them for work in the classroom.
- Farmer Foodshare: Finding innovative, collaborative ways to provide fresh local food to community members at risk of hunger or malnutrition.
- Freedom House Recovery Center: Providing integrated healthcare to allow for the full recovery of clients struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
- Genesis Home: Ending the cycle of homelessness by offering individualized outreach that gives homeless families the tools they need to create their own stable, healthy households.
- Inter-Faith Council for Social Service: Providing shelter residents and community members at risk of homelessness with much-needed produce and fresh food during the fall and winter months.
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: Providing jobs and skills to local high school students, who work in community gardens and provide fresh produce and nutritional education to families in need.
- Marbles Kids Museum: Helping local families in need develop the skills and motivation to grow and cook their own healthy food.
- Meals on Wheels of Durham: Providing hot, nutritious meals and daily newspapers to homebound seniors in need.
- Museum of Life and Science: Helping all local children develop crucial physical, social and cognitive skills through the Ignite Learning subsidized museum membership program.
- The Scrap Exchange: Through the Early Childhood Creativity Development project, working with pre-schoolers and teachers to develop environmentally conscious, creative thinkers from an early age.
- SEEDS: Empowering under-served teenagers to meet community needs by managing a small-scale market farm and farm stand, participating in workshops, and engaging in leadership activities.
- Senior PharmAssist: Providing access to medication, insurance counseling and referrals to help older adults maintain their health and independence.
- Ship Outreach and Community Center: Providing affordable food products to an under-served community of Southeast Raleigh.
- SWOOP: Mobilizing volunteers to build wheelchair ramps for individuals in need.
- The Green Chair Project: Connecting clients of local human service agencies to the furniture they need to complete their transition to safe, comfortable and sustainable home environments.
- TROSA: Providing housing, vocational training, rehabilitation therapy, educational advancement, medical and counseling services, mentoring, and leadership training to substance abusers.
- Urban Ministries of Durham: Providing food, shelter and comprehensive case management to hundreds of homeless individuals and families seeking rapid re-housing.
- Wesley Fellowship: Building a community garden to allow neighbors to grow and harvest food for homeless individuals served by St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.
- YMCA of the Triangle-Durham YMCA: Providing critical swimming lessons to local students in need.
- Your Own Greatness Affirmed: Helping Durham Crisis Response Center clients to recover and develop coping skills through therapeutic yoga and theater.
Visit http://doinggood.duke.edu to learn more about the campaign. And if you’re a Duke employee, please consider making a donation!
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