CWS Durham welcomes refugees and immigrants from around the world into lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in the Triangle. They work with community partners to educate the wider community, advocate for immigrant and refugee causes, and equip new refugees and immigrants for long-term success.
Since 2009, their staff and community supporters have helped uprooted people find security and opportunity in their new home of North Carolina. Last year alone they resettled 151 refugees into the Triangle community and provided critical services for hundreds more.
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Duke Homestead is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation supporting Duke Homestead State Historic Site’s development through fundraising, advocacy, volunteer support and membership.
The three main things that keep Duke Homestead up, running, and serving the public are volunteers, donations, and one amazing support group. Giving your time is one of the most valuable things you can do. If however, you cannot give your time, making a donation to the site is an equally valuable way to support Duke Homestead.
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Hope Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina that gives sick, elderly, and scared animals a chance at life. The 100% volunteer-run rescue was started by mother and daughter Cathy and Ashley in 2013 with a commitment to preventing the killing of adoptable animals.
HAR volunteers visit overpopulated rural shelters with high kill rates all over the state rescuing senior dogs and dogs with medical or behavioral issues. With the help of over 60 volunteer fosters, HAR provides safe housing, training, and medical treatment (including surgeries, vaccinations, preventive care, and spaying and neutering) for hundreds of dogs annually.
Last year, over 300 dogs were rescued from North Carolina shelters and adopted into loving homes. Medical treatment for the animals is costly and 75% of the rescue’s budget is used for medical expenses. Flea and tick preventives alone, for example, cost the rescue $5,000 per year.
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Since 1991, Scrap Exchange has been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed resources to educators, artists, makers, and students through a variety of programs.
The organization is an economic engine for entrepreneurial activity built around materials reuse and waste-recovery. It creates green jobs and workforce development opportunities through a range of community partnerships.
Their creative reuse arts center contains a retail store, an art gallery, a Design Center to host classes, a Make N Take classroom for open studio art-making, and much more.
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Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food.
Developing the capacity of young people includes responsibility, teamwork, leadership, environmental stewardship, equity, community, problem solving and experiential learning. Our whole-child educational programming, including after-school programs and seven weeks of summer camp, incorporates growing, cooking and sharing food to help young people become resourceful and confident individuals with the capacity and commitment to be future leaders in their workplaces, their families, and their communities.
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Communities in Schools of Durham works within DPS, supporting students and their families to decrease the dropout rate and increasing graduation rate.
Within the schools they partner with, Site Coordinators work with teachers and administrators to identify students with the most risk of dropping out. Through ongoing evaluations and integrated services, they craft a plan with these students to help them achieve their utmost, setting them up for a bright future.
But their work doesn’t stop there. They also provide parent workshops on childhood development, engaging students in summer reading, offering a safe and fun after-school environment, and so much more.
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Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) has been helping animals in our community since 1970 as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization serving all of Durham County. We have managed the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990, caring for nearly 5,000 strays, surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected animals each year. We build lifelong bonds between people and animals by providing information to the public about the human care, treatment and well-being of all animals; helping stop pet overpopulation through the promotion of spay/neuter programs both in the shelter and for community pets; and finding new homes for animals in our adoption program.
No matter an animal’s story, health, or temperament, we care for them and work hard to find the best outcome possible for each one. We couldn’t do our lifesaving work without donations of time and resources from our generous community of supporters.
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The Durham Public Schools Foundation (@bullcityschools) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that unites our DPS school communities, public- and private- sector resources and community leaders around strategies to strengthen our Durham public schools. It was founded by a group of Durham community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, parents and DPS alumni.
DPSF believes that the success of Durham is linked to the success of Durham Public Schools. For Durham to reach its full potential, we must have public schools where all students can thrive. We bring our community’s resources together to champion public education, invest in the people in our schools and foster a culture of innovation and equity across DPS.
Through DPSF, everyone can invest in Durham’s future and in the 33,000+ students who are in our public schools today. You can learn more about at bullcityschools.org and by following them on social media @bullcityschools.
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The DPS Scholarship Foundation provides scholarship support to seniors from High Schools in the Public School System and showcase the outstanding character and enormous talent of Durham Public Schools students.
In 1978, Mrs. Eula Miller, President of the Durham County Schools Citizens Advisory Committee Association did a survey of the DCSCACA members of things for which they saw the greatest need. The overwhelming response was scholarships for students of middle-income families.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Eula Miller and the hard work of several dedicated people, the Durham county Schools Scholarship Foundation became a reality.
The first three awards were given in 1980. More than 350 awards have been given since that time.
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Made in Durham is a youth-driven community partnership of educators, business, government, and nonprofits all working to create a more effective and equitable education-to-career pathway for Durham’s youth.
By putting youth front and center, the collaboration connects youth to the resources they need as well as empowering them to make positive change in their schools and communities. Partners include the Durham Literacy Center and Achievement Academy, NCWorks/NextGen of Durham, Durham Public Schools and Performance Learning Center, Durham Technical Community College and Gateway to College, and Lifeskills Foundation.
Our vision is that all Durham youth will complete a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by age 25.
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