Duke Alums Engage 2013 Projects

Asheville, NC

When: Thursday, April 25  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Project: Duke alumni will be sorting donated food items, repacking bulk foods and packing MANNA packs.  We will plan a light snack starting about 5:15 p.m. on the grounds of MANNA next to the river. Families are welcome (encouraged!) to join in!
Location: 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2445
Partnering Group: MANNA FoodBank

Atlanta, GA

When: Saturday, May 18  |  Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Project: Books for Africa has a simple mission:  to ship books to children in Africa.  The organization is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent.  They collect, sort, ship and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa.
Volunteers will help with the mission of the Books for Africa by sorting and packing books according to category and age level.  Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.  Please dress comfortably; jeans and sneakers (no open toe shoes) are fine.
Location: Books for Africa Warehouse, 2971 Olympic Industrial Drive, Suite B, Smyrna, GA 30080
Partnering Group:  Books for Africa

Austin, TX

When: Saturday, April 27  |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Project: Helping to serve meals at the Angel House Soup Kitchen in Austin.
Location: Angel House Soup Kitchen, Austin, TX
Partnering Group: Angel House Soup Kitchen

Baltimore, MD

When: TBD
Project: TBD
Location: TBD
Partnering Group: TBD


Birmingham, AL

When: Saturday, April 20  |  8:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 21  |  8:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., 7:00-9:00 p.m.)
Project: At Lakeshore Foundation volunteers are needed during the USA Women’s Goalball Training Camp April 20th & 21st.   The USA Women's Goalball Team is a paralympic sports team that competes internationally. Goalball is a sport for people who are blind or visually impaired.   Since most drills are in a game like situation, volunteers would be used primarily as goal judges during all sessions.   Also some stat keeping/timing if needed.  Six volunteers (four linesmen, one stats keeper and one timer) are needed during each time period.  Dress for gym activity, i.e. tennis shoes and leisure wear.  Please register by Monday, April 15.
If you aren’t able to volunteer during the weekend, please consider making a donation to Lakeshore Foundation.
Location: Lakeshore Foundation, 4000 Ridgeway Drive Birmingham, AL 35209
Partnering Group: Lakeshore Foundation

Boise, ID

When: Wednesday, April 24
Project: Help local charity Create Common Good support immigrant refugees with its community garden and/or upgrade its commercial kitchen.
Location: Create Common Good 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, ID
Partnering Group: Create Common Good

Boston, MA

When: Saturday, April 27  |  9:00 a.m. – Noon
Project: We need 10-15 Duke volunteers to help 5th-8th graders prepare for the MCAS exam.  NO EXPERIERNCE NECESSARY! We are looking for volunteers who are personable, comfortable with middle schoolers, energetic and excited to help motivated students. The volunteers will have a 30 minute training session with the teachers on the Saturday morning of the classes. Materials will be presented and explained as to how best to engage the students. Student sessions will involve small group work from 9-12pm and will prove to be very rewarding for both the students and volunteers.
Location: Roxbury Preparatory Charter School 120 Fisher Avenue Roxbury, MA 02120
Partnering Group: Roxbury Preparatory Charter Schools

Charlotte, NC

When: Saturday, May 4  |  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Project: The Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Free Store provides donated clothing, household items, furniture, and appliances all at no charge to families in need, so that people can use their limited resources on other necessities. Volunteers sort and inspect donations, stock the Free Store by hanging, folding and stacking items, and assist shoppers.
Location: Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store, 500-A Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
Partnering Group: Crisis Assistance Ministry

Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Project: Duke Alums Engage Chicago will help By the Hand, an after-school program with an emphasis on academics and a commitment to nurturing the whole child, paint and clean their gym in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood.
Location: By the Hand—Cabrini-Green, 1000 N. Sedgwick, Chicago, IL
Partnering Group: By the Hand

Cincinnati, OH

When: Thursday, April 25  |  5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Project: The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 19 million pounds of food annually.  The organization relies on a trusted network of over 290 local member agencies to help in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.   Member agencies include soup kitchens and shelters, food pantries, churches, daycare and senior centers, and many other community and social services organizations.  Volunteers will assemble Power Packs, sort canned food donations, and package senior boxes under supervision of Freestore Foodbank Staff.
Location: Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati, 1250 Tennessee Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Partnering Group: Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati

Dallas, TX

When: Saturday, April 27  |  1:00 – 3:00 p.m and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Project: Dallas alumni will partner first with the Dallas Central Library to sort books from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Following the book sorting, there will be a limited opportunity for up to ten alumni to assist at Klyde Warren park to greet, pass out books and bookmarks and help with literacy tables during The Big Read's Read-In from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Locations: Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX and Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX
Partnering Group: Dallas Central Library and The Big Read Dallas

Denver, CO

Dates: Saturday, April 27  |  8:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Same Café (breakfast and presentation by Hunger Free Colorado)
Saturday, April 27  |  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Metro CareRing
Project: In partnership with Hunger Free Colorado, the leading statewide anti-hunger organization, the Duke Club of Colorado will work with two different anti-hunger organizations in Denver.  Volunteers will get the chance to gain hands-on experience at Metro CareRing - one of Denver’s largest hunger relief programs, including a fresh foods “client choice” food pantry, teaching garden, and weekly healthy living and nutrition classes.  Before working with Metro CareRing, we invite you to bring your own breakfast to SAME Cafe - a non-profit restaurant that serves nutritious meals to people at whatever price they can afford, where we will have an interactive conversation with Hunger Free Colorado about what hunger looks like, how prevalent it is, and the initiatives created to address it.  We will pose a "Food Stamp Challenge", challenging participants to spend no more than $31.92 on food, per person, for one week (7 days). SAME Café has graciously opened their space to host us and will be providing coffee for the conversation with Hunger Free Colorado.  At the conclusion of the presentation, volunteers will walk a short distance to Metro CareRing to help stock shelves and help clients with their shopping.  This opportunity is limited to the first 20 volunteers.  Kids are welcome to attend.
Location: We are doing our events in conjunction with Hunger Free Colorado at various locations throughout the week:

  1. Metro CareRing (1100 E. 18th Ave., Denver)
  2. SAME Cafe (2023 E. Colfax Ave., Denver)

Partnering Group: Hunger Free Colorado in partnership with Metro CareRing and SAME Cafe

Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, April 20  |  8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Project:  Life skills workshop for foster children between the ages of 14- 17.  Foster children age out of the foster care system on their 18th birthday, so we are working with the Children's Center to help teach life skills that will assist them in their transition.  We will have workshops in the following subjects: Entrepreneurship, Professional Dress, and Financial Literacy.  We have workshop leaders who will lead the workshops and Duke volunteers will help with pre-defined break out session activities.  Volunteers will not be required to develop anything, but merely bring their enthusiasm!

If you cannot attend, we will be accepting donations to purchase snacks.  We will also be accepting clothing donations for the professional dress piece of the workshop.
Location: 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit, MI 48201
Partnering Group: The Children’s Center

Durham, NC

When: Saturday, April 20  |  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Project: Durham alumni will work with the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership to assist with cleaning and gardening duties in and around downtown Durham’s Central Park.  Come prepared to mulch, clean up trash and trim shrubs.
Location: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
Partnering Group: Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

Hilton Head, SC

When: Saturday, April 27  |  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Project: Meeting with the Executive Director of Heroes on Horseback to learn about their mission - to provide therapeutic equine-assisted activities for young people in the Lowcountry with physical, mental or emotional disabilities - and to perform service in the stable/paddock areas.
Location: Heroes on Horseback, 11 Grassey Lane, Bluffton, SC 29910
Partnering Group: Heroes on Horseback

Houston, TX

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:00 a.m.
Project: The mission of YES Prep Public Schools is to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace while also committing to improve disadvantaged communities.  Volunteers to the Southeast Campus will hold sessions for students preparing for upcoming AP exams as well as think of ways to provide ongoing support to the YES Prep students.  There will also be a tour of the school.
Location: YES Prep, Southeast Campus, 353 Crenshaw Road, Houston, TX 77034
Partnering Group: YES Prep, Southeast Campus

Indianapolis, IN

When: Saturday, April 27  |  8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Project: Indianapolis area alumni will join in the annual April Great Indy Cleanup event in the communities of NearWest.  Mayor Greg Ballard will kick off the day, and we'll assist the neighbors of Stringtown, Hawthorne, Haughville and We Care with cleanups and beautifications throughout their neighborhoods.  Lunch and t-shirts will also be provided by our partnering group.
Location: NearWest Communities
Partnering Group: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc.

Jacksonville, FL

When: Saturday, April 27  |  10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Project: Each year, over 300 women and children come to Community Connections seeking help after a hardship of some sort.  When they arrive – either from other shelters or off the streets, they usually just have the clothes on their backs.  While we can provide them with a room, with clothes, with the security they hunger for and with a chance for a new life, we cannot provide them with the basic items they need to make their new ‘home’ feel like a ‘home’. Our Adopt a Room program was designed to bring volunteers into our facility to create a “home” environment for the women entering our program.  Items such as sheets, pillows, blankets, towels and washcloths, personal toiletry items, a table lamp and an alarm clock make all the difference in the world to a woman who enters our facility with nothing but the clothes on her back.

Duke volunteers will adopt a room at the Davis Center, furnishing a dorm-style apartment for an incoming resident. We will donate basic housewares and supplies, and come together to decorate the room any way we choose so that it feels like home. Go here to indicate which item(s) you would like to provide OR if you can't help on the 27th, but you would like to donate items to "furnish" our Duke room: (Going to this link just tells us what you plan to donate.) You will need to purchase or gather the items that you select and then email Mike Lefevre to coordinate drop off or pick up.
Location: Community Connections’ Florence N. Davis Center
325 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Partnering Group: Community Connections

Los Angeles, CA

When: Sunday, April 28  |  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Project: Los Angeles’ Downtown Women’s Center strives to help homeless women end their homelessness. The center provides services as simple as a meal to more complex services such as job counseling. Alumni, family and friends will support the center in two ways.

  1. Clothing Drive – we will deliver clothing to the facility on April 28. Please send clothing to Kareem Cook, 550 N. Figueroa St. #4078, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or bring clothing with you on our volunteer day.
  2. On Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m., we will prepare and serve “snack packs” (on average, 140 women drop in to the Center each day) or upholster chairs as well as assist with other needed activities. The “snack packs” will be ordered by DWC for our project, and we will reimburse the Center for the cost of this food upon our arrival. This opportunity is limited to 25 volunteers.

Location: Downtown Women's Center, 442 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA
Partnering Group:  Downtown Women's Center

Miami, FL

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Project: We will be dividing up into 3 teams.  The largest group will be outside working on the beautification of the grounds.  The first group will be planting some native trees, plants and eucalyptus mulch to attract.  Another outdoor group will be cleaning the playground equipment.  The third group will be preparing sandwiches to feed the homeless and deliver them to the Sisters of Charity.
Location: Children’s Home Society Headquarters/Emergency Rescue Shelter
800 NW 15th Street, Miami, FL 33136
Partnering Group: Children’s Home Society Headquarters/Emergency Rescue Shelter

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

When: Saturday, April 27  |  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Project: The Twin Cities volunteers will partner with the Dorothy Day Center to make sandwiches or repack food for the food shelf.  Sandwiches prepared will feed the 300-600 guests arriving at the Dorothy Day Center each day (or the overnight Extended Hours Program - which sleeps 150-250 per night). Repacked food replenishes the Food Shelf (clients can come for grocery items twice per month).  The opportunity is limited to 20 volunteers.
Location: The Dorothy Day Center, 183 Old 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Partnering Group: The Dorothy Day Center

Newark, NJ

When: Saturday, April 20  |  Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Project: We will assist the Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity (NOHFH) at their ReStore facility on Saturday April 20, 2013. The ReStore sells donated household items to the public and proceeds go towards their housing efforts in Northern Ocean County, which include repairing/rebuilding residences struck by Superstorm Sandy. The NOHFH management has expressed a need for interior painting.
Volunteers must complete online safety training and complete the liability waiver before beginning the workday.  Please go to the NOHFH website to complete your training.
Location: Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity ReStore  1201 Route 155 Toms River, NJ 08753
Partnering Group: Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity ReStore

New York, NY

When: Saturday, April 27  |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Project: DAE NYC 2013 will offer medical screenings, wellness workshop and sports activities to encourage healthy lifestyles for children and adults. Volunteers can work with kids as they discover a variety of ways to stay active, empower adults by creating a forum for greater understanding of wellness issues and assist our health partners as they provide screenings throughout the day. Volunteers can also make it all happen by joining one of the logistical teams.
Location: Dunlevy Milbank Campus of the Children's Aid Society at 14-32 West 118th Street, New York, NY
Partnering Group: Children’s Aid Society

Orange County, CA

When: TBD
Project: TBD
Location: TBD
Partnering Group: TBD


Philadelphia, PA

When: Monday, April 22  |  3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Project: For many cancer patients, treatment at Philadelphia's medical centers provides the greatest hope, but requires that they be far from home, adding the additional burden of travel and lodging expenses. That is why the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area. Duke alumni, family and friends will make dinner for up to 74 patients in residence at the lodge. Can’t attend the event?  Donations of cash and supplies are accepted as well.
Location: 110 W. Laurel Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012
Partnering Group: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Pittsburgh, PA

When: Saturday, April 27  |  9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Project: World Vision is a worldwide organization, serving nearly 100 countries, committed to building a better world for children.  The organization has a Gifts-in-Kind Distribution center in Pittsburgh to assist shipping donated goods to people around the world.  Duke alumni, parents and friends will help prepare goods for worldwide shipment.
Location: World Vision Distribution Center, 210 Overlook Dr. Sewickley, PA 15143
Partnering Group: World Vision

Richmond, VA

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:00 a.m. - noon
Project: Planted in the center of Highland Park, Boaz & Ruth advances a mission of rebuilding lives and communities through relationships, training, transitional jobs and economic revitalization.  Duke Alumni will assist with activities such as sorting and stocking items in the thrift store, repairing homes, and working in their garden.
Location: 3011 Meadowbridge, Richmond, VA
Partnering Group: Boaz & Ruth

San Diego, CA

When: Sunday, April 21  |  9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Project: The Duke Club of San Diego will be partnering with the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), an organization committed to promoting higher education as a ticket out of poverty.  We will be offering tutoring assistance, college-prep advice, and fun outdoor activities.  We will also be providing lunch for the kids at BLCI and our generous volunteers.
Location: 1807 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113
Partnering Group: Barrio Logan College Institute

San Francisco, CA

When: Saturday, April 27  |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Project: Duke alumni have partnered with Literacy for Environmental Justice for the past three years. Alumni, family and friends will work in a community garden at Candlestick Point, which is the primary supplier of plant stock to two major restoration projects on the San Francisco Bay. The nursery also provides opportunities to educate the community about sustainable environmental practices such as composting and recycling and promoting the use of locally and organically grown foods.
Location: Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, 1150 Carroll Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124
Partnering Group: Literacy for Environmental Justice

Seattle, WA

When: Saturday, April 20  |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Project: Seattle will partner with Seattle Works to help clean up the Danny Woo Garden. The Danny Woo Community Garden is a special urban park in the heart of downtown Seattle. Located adjacent to the City of Seattle’s Kobe Terrace Park, the Danny Woo Community Garden makes up part of 1.5 acres of the largest green space in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District (C/ID). The steeply terraced garden is comprised of nearly 100 plots, tended by about 70 elderly Asian gardeners. The garden is an important place where low-income gardeners can socialize, get exercise and raise vegetables that reflect their cultural foods of choice. The Danny Woo Community Garden is a place where youth and elders connect to the land and to each other. By incorporating a strong intergenerational learning component, the Danny Woo Community Garden is helping to spread information about the relationship between the health of our urban environment and healthy lifestyles choices for people of all ages. In existence for over 35 years, each year the Danny Woo Community Garden relies on volunteers and donations to help maintain the garden’s vibrancy and to address basic safety needs like crumbling infrastructure. Volunteers will be cleaning out and replanting beds, removing invasive plants from the garden and maintaining the compost area.  All volunteers must be at least 18.  This experience is limited to the first 20 volunteers.
Location: Danny Woo Garden, 620 South Main St (across from Maynard Ave South), Seattle, WA
Partnering Group: Seattle Works

Tampa, FL

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Project: Tampa volunteers will partner with Tampa Bay Watch to clean-up the beach at a Fort De Soto Park. Tampa Bay Watch is dedicated to protecting and restoring marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary. Volunteers are invited to stay after the clean-up for a family picnic. It promises to be a great event for the whole family!
Location: TBD
Partnering Group: Tampa Bay Watch

Toronto, Canada

When: Tuesday, May 21  |  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Project: The North York Harvest Food Bank is one of the largest food banks in Toronto, distributing 1.6 million pounds of food annually through 60 community programs.  Sorting is an important part of inventory and quality control at North York Harvest, yet it is fun and accessible for a wide range of ages and skills.  Duke alumni, family and friends will take a tour of the food bank as well as receive training and instructions from the North York Harvest staff. The hands-on sorting session takes place in their warehouse facility, so all volunteers are asked to please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Notify the staff of any food allergies. The warehouse is an unsafe environment for those with food and/or dust allergies. The group will be sorting and stocking peanuts and peanut butter. 
Location: John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, 640 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario   M6A 1B1
Partnering Group: North York Harvest Food Bank

Washington, DC

When: Saturday, April 27
Project: Join us for our fourth annual Duke Alums Engage project at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary!
This year we will be organizing a morning 1-mile neighborhood walk. We will begin the day with a yoga instructor leading volunteers, students, and parents in dynamic stretching before kicking off the activity. We will join together to walk a 1-mile course around the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Upon returning to the school, a yoga instructor will lead the group in basic yoga exercises to cool down and keep the muscles loose. We will celebrate with healthy snacks and a quick lesson on nutrition!
Location: Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School 659 G St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Partnering Group: Partners-in-Education

West Palm Beach, FL

When: Saturday, April 20  |  9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Project: Okeechobee Blvd. has become an impressive gateway to West Palm Beach. The Duke Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to maintain this prominent section of highway, from I-95 to Dixie Highway, as part of the State of Florida “Adopt-A-Highway” program.

Please join your fellow alumni, parents and friends of Duke University for our semi-annual road cleanup. We will meet at the office of Gary Dunkel, T'79, the Third Floor of the Phillips Point East Tower, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 20th of April. There is ample parking at the church next door. You may want to bring some drinking water and gloves.  

And remember – children are always welcome! This is a great way to introduce children to community service or simply get in those required community service hours for your teenagers.
Location: Offices of Gary Dunkel, 777 South Flagler Drive (3rd Floor), West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Partnering Group: State of Florida Adopt-A-Highway

Wilmington, NC

When: Saturday, April 27  |  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (new date!)
Project: Wilmington alumni will work on beautification of the grounds at the Good Shepard Center.  Join us as we landscape and perform general grounds maintenance for the Center.
Location: Good Shepherd Center, 811 Martin St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Partnering Group: Good Shepherd Center

Winston-Salem, NC

When: Saturday, April 20  |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Project: The Habitat ReStore sells gently-used furniture, appliances, fixtures, surplus building materials, and other items at 25-75% off their regular retail prices. All proceeds are used to build affordable Habitat homes in our community. Volunteers will help with accepting, moving and preparing donations for the sales floor while also assisting customers and the ReStore staff.
Location: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 341 Witt Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Partnering Group: Habitat for Humanity ReStore