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Service Opportunities

Email MyLan Metzger to get connected with any of these service sites!

  • Open Table Ministries
    • Lunch (Mondays 12:00-1:00pm) with the homeless, focusing on building relationships and community
    • Trinity United Methodist at 215 N Church Street
  • Hillcrest Convalescent Center
    • Nursing home where volunteers engage in conversation and activity with residents, focusing on building relationships
      • Times are flexible (we recommend weekday evenings before 7:30pm or during the day on Sat/Sun)
    • Within walking distance from East Campus
  • St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church
    • Eat breakfast with the homeless at 7:30-9:00 am Mon-Fri
    • Within walking distance from East Campus
  • Reality Ministries
    • Christian center that creates opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities, volunteers participate in their daytime and evening activities
    • Walking distance from East Campus
  • Threshold Clubhouse
    • Ministry for individuals suffering from various stages of mental illness, volunteers help with their projects and programs
  • Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
    •  Volunteers will play with students in the Boys and Girls Club after school and may help with homework.
  • Durham Literacy Center
    • Tutoring for young adults working toward their GED

Participant Testimonials

“Encounter provided a great opportunity for me to get involved with an awesome service organization in Durham that provides meals for homeless people. I really gained a lot by interacting with the people at Open People, and it was fulfilling to see the impact that God was having on these people through this service organization.” -Andrew Method

“Working with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club helped me to learn more about the Durham community on an intimate level. I came to Duke thinking Durham simply the location where I go to college – now I think of Durham as my second home. In the classroom, teaching the alphabet, spelling, and basic math reminded me how the excitement of learning doesn’t fade, even as we get older.” – Adam Kershner

“Visiting the Hillcrest Convalescent Center every week gives me a chance to breathe and catch up with friends who have good stories, great dispositions, and are always happy to see me!” — Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori

“Encounter was a great way to get more involved in the community around Durham.  It was a nice break from the stresses of the school week and really an enjoyable experience.  I will definitely volunteer at Hillcrest again!”

“Open Table Ministry provided a way for me to not just live at Duke, but also in Durham.  Getting to know the homeless humanizes an issue that is so often ignored, and instills the reality that God made and loves all people, just as we are called to do.” -Victoria Treboschi