Non-profits

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

Kidznotes: Growing bigger and brighter in Durham

“Hands Up! Instruments Up!” Instructor Omar Ruiz-Lopez says to the group of young musicians. The section of Kidznotes waits expectantly for Ruiz-Lopez to raise his hands before raising their violins and playing the first note of the song of the day: “Fiddles on Fire.” Kidznotes, a free orchestral community program for children K-8 grade, is still growing, as students and… Read more →

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

It’s been two years since the launch of Project RED (Revitalize East Durham)and two homes have already been sold. Homes on Hart Street and South Driver Street now belong to first-time homeowners. “Owning my own home has given me a sense of accomplishment,” said Kenny Parella, one of the homeowners. “I believed, for most of my life, that I would… Read more →

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows of clothing and shoes, then… Read more →

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

When resident William Spencer left his friend’s house at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to catch the bus, he expected to be back at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope in 30 minutes. He had no idea what the light snowfall would soon become. An hour later, when the bus still had not arrived, he decided to make… Read more →

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

When it comes to education, one East Durham nonprofit organization knows it’s important to start as early as possible. The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) assembled a team in January to make sure at-risk children in the neighborhood get a head start on learning. Ebonyse Mead, one of EDCI’s early childhood parent advocates, said a lot of children’s brain development happens… Read more →

SEEDS begin to blossom in renovated building

SEEDS begin to blossom in renovated building

After a three-month delay, staff and volunteers of Durham’s 20-year-old community garden, SEEDS, moved into its newly renovated building at the end of January. SEEDS, a non-profit educational community garden, is still located on the corner of Gilbert and Elizabeth Streets, but in a new, user-friendly building. Plans for renovations have been in motion for nearly four years. Main construction… Read more →

TROSA thrift store moves, bringing bigger profits

TROSA thrift store moves, bringing bigger profits

An investment in a larger space for the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) thrift store  may mean double the revenue toward the organization’s bottom line, said Jeff Stern, TROSA’s director of special projects. That means more opportunities for folks like Sissy Hosay to learn a new trade and start a new life at no cost. Hosay works in… Read more →

Duke volleyball makes recovery a team sport

Duke volleyball makes recovery a team sport

Jolene Nagel stood by the net, dressed in a royal blue Duke jacket and holding a whistle in her hand. As Friday’s late afternoon light filtered through the gym windows, Nagel, Duke’s volleyball coach, peered at the attentive faces surrounding her. This was a different crowd, yet a familiar one. “What we’re going to try to do is go through… Read more →