Volunteer Opportunities

Every semester the Center for College and Community Service publishes more than 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!

Semester of Service

Campus Harvest Food Pantry

Every Tuesday from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Phillips 3-110C
Sign up for Food Pantry 
Help stock, organize, and clean the Campus Harvest Food Pantry.

Beekeeping and Gardening at Briggs Avenue Community Garden

Designated Fridays, 9 – 11 a.m.
Sign up for Beekeeping and Community Garden 
Gardening: Maintain Durham Tech’s garden plots to grow produce that helps stock the Campus Harvest Food Pantry. Be sure to bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, and to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Beekeeping: Volunteer to tend Briggs Avenue Community Garden's bee hives. No experience necessary. Beekeeping suits and hats are provided. Volunteers will be led by professional beekeepers. Please note that beekeeping days last until noon*.

Work days still take place in light rain, but will be canceled in heavy rain. A cancellation message will be sent through SignUp.com if a work day is canceled due to weather.

January

MLK Service Project: Book Harvest Warehouse

Sign-up for Book Harvest
Friday, January 17, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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.

Project Talk: Food Pantry Volunteer Shift

Sign-up for Project Talk Food Pantry
Tuesday, January 28, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Phillips 3-110C
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. This session will be held in the Campus Harvest Food Pantry in Phillips 110-C. Participants will assist the food pantry staff in processing donations by completing inventory and stocking the shelves.

Project Talk: Immigrant Voices and Poetry

Sign-up for Immigrant Voices and Poetry
Tuesday, January 28, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Phillips 3-125 (TLC)
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. Share poetry from around the world, and, if you wish, also contribute your own voice. This event is in collaboration with International Student Services and the Poetry Hour.

February

Habitat ReStores

Sign-up for Habitat ReStore
Friday, February 7, 1 – 4 p.m.
Process donations and stock the sales floor at the Habitat ReStore. The ReStore supports building and repairing affordable, sustainable housing in partnership with deserving families that are in need through the sale of new and gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Project Talk: Film Show

Sign-up for Project Talk Film Show
Tuesday, February 11, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Phillips 3-125 (TLC)
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. Watch a short film and discuss. Popcorn included! This event is in collaboration with International Student Services.

Cooking Demonstration Assistance

Sign-up for Cooking Demonstration Assistance
Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon
The Campus Harvest Food Pantry needs a few volunteers to assist their Large-Scale Cooking Demonstrations. The Cooking Demonstration will be facilitated by two train dietitians from the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC. Volunteer tasks include setting up the room, assisting the dietitians in carrying items from their cars, informing students in the cafe area that the demonstration is about to start, and distributing surveys and prizes.

Valentine’s Day Party at Families Moving Forward

Sign up for Valentine’s Day Party
Friday, February 14, 6:15-8 p.m.
Assist children in making valentine cards and crafts for their parents to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Families Moving Forward works to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Welcome Baby

Sign up for Welcome Baby
Saturday, February 15, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sort and organize children’s clothing and infant equipment in Welcome Baby’s Giving Closet. Welcome Baby provides new parents with education and resources. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Durham Rescue Mission Men’s Lunch

Sign up for Durham Rescue Mission
Saturday, February 22: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Prepare and serve lunch to the men staying at Durham Rescue Mission. 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. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Project Talk: We are the World

Sign-up for Project We are the World
Wednesday, February 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Phillips 3-125 (TLC)
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. We are making a Museum of Culture - bring something important to you from your world and tell us about it. Clothes and food of different cultures very welcome. This event is in collaboration with International Student Services.

 Cooperative Extension Service Project

Sign-up for Cooperative Extension
Friday, February 28, 9 – 11 a.m.
Assist Cheralyn Berry and Durham County's Cooperative Extension staff with projects at their office.

Pop Culture Trivia at Threshold Clubhouse

Sign up for Pop Culture Trivia
Saturday, February 29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Volunteers will host a pop-culture trivia game for the members of Threshold Clubhouse. Threshold Clubhouse is dedicated to helping adults with serious mental illness. At the event, volunteers will play in teams with the club members to answer the questions. Volunteers can also earn service hours in advance of this event by writing the trivia questions. Email Jes Dormady if you are interested in writing trivia questions. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

March

Project Talk: Talk & Make Crafts

Sign-up for Project Talk Crafts
Thursday, March 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Phillips 3-125 (TLC)
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. Enjoy creating your own art: workshops on origami, jewelry, sketching, henna, embroidery and much more. If you have a creative skill that you would like to teach others please sign up on the sign-up sheet outside White (Building 1), room 1-147A. This event is in collaboration with International Student Services.

Alternative Service Break: Forging Friendships at Camp Royall

Thursday, March 12- Sunday, March 15
Information to follow.

Project Talk: Game Day

Sign-up for Project Talk Game Day
Tuesday, March 17, 1:30 p.m., Collins 2-165
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. Bring your favorite board game or come ready to play with the Gamers Club. A variety of games will be offered. This event is in collaboration with International Student Services.

Eno River Association

Sign up for Eno River Association
Friday, March 27, 1-4 p.m.
Assist the Eno River Association staff with trail work and conservation efforts. The shift will take place at the Eno River. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

April

Morning Cooking Prep Shift at Cooperative Extension for Garden 2 Table Day

Sign-up for Cooperative Extension
Friday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Prepare food for our Garden 2 Table Day event. We have two shifts scheduled at the Cooperative Extension Kitchen. Cheralyn Berry will lead volunteers in preparing food for the next day's event. No cooking experience needed.

Afternoon Cooking Prep Shift at Cooperative Extension for Garden 2 Table Day

Sign-up for Cooperative Extension
Friday, April 3, 1 - 4 p.m.
Prepare food for our Garden 2 Table Day event. We have two shifts scheduled at the Cooperative Extension Kitchen. Cheralyn Berry will lead volunteers in preparing food for the next day's event. No cooking experience needed.

Garden 2 Table Day Cookout & Workday at Briggs Avenue Community Garden

Sign-up for Garden 2 Table Day
Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join fellow Durham Tech volunteers and community members at the Briggs Avenue Community Garden for a morning of garden service projects and an afternoon picnic. All volunteers are invited to stay after the service projects for a free afternoon cookout at the Briggs Pavilion. You MUST volunteer to participate in the cookout. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes in the garden.

Project Talk: Durham Students’ Success

Sign-up for Project Talk Durham Students’ Success
Monday, April 6, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Phillips 3-125 (TLC)
Project Talk brings international and local students together to interact with each other in a casual and social environment. Come and meet some of our most successful students (past and present). Ask them questions and hear their stories. This event is in collaboration with International Student Services.

Spring Fling Food Drive

Sign-up for Spring Fling Food Drive
Wednesday, April 8, 2 – 3 p.m.
Sort and stock all the donations that we receive from the Spring Fling Food Drive. Meet in the Campus Harvest Food Pantry in Phillips 3-110C.

Cooking Demonstration Assistance

Sign-up for Cooking Demonstration Assistance
Thursday, April 9, 2 – 3 p.m.
The Campus Harvest Food Pantry needs a few volunteers to assist their Large-Scale Cooking Demonstrations. The Cooking Demonstration will be facilitated by two train dietitians from the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC. Volunteer tasks include setting up the room, assisting the dietitians in carrying items from their cars, informing students in the cafe area that the demonstration is about to start, and distributing surveys and prizes.

LGBTQ Center of Durham

Sign-up for LGBTQ Center of Durham
Friday, April 17, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Serve the LGBTQ Center of Durham with general maintenance work on site. Be sure to bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, and to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Durham Earth Day Festival

Sign-up for Durham Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 19, noon – 5 p.m.
Assist Durham Parks & Recreation Department with their Earth Day Festival. Duties could include assisting with educational tables, picking up litter, and other tasks. Limited transportation available; email volunteer@durhamtech.edu for more information.

Geer Cemetery Clean-up with Keep Durham Beautiful

Sign-up for Geer Cemetery Clean-up
Friday, April 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
Remove weeds, sticks, and other debris in this 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. Limited transportation is available. Email Dormadyj@durhamtech.edu to add your name to the van list.