Outreach Organizations

SEEDS' Pie Social brings community together to celebrate spring

SEEDS’ Pie Social brings community together to celebrate spring

To celebrate the arrival of spring and the departure of a cold winter, SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces), a nonprofit educational garden in Durham, is hosting its seventh annual Pie Social on April 25. “April is a really fun time for people to come into the garden,” said Laurel Shulman, SEEDS’ office and communications manager. “We are all lacking sunshine… Read more →

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

Zumbathon fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club

“Are we going to have a good time?” repeated Paul Lewis, rallying the group of 40 who had gathered in the gym. The crowd cheered, louder this time, bouncing to shake off the cold and gear up for a Saturday afternoon of Zumba. The first Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Zumbathon was off to a start in the Boys and… Read more →

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

The reentry into society following incarceration presents an array of challenges, but the most fundamental hurdle is housing – a key issue at this year’s Antioch Builds Community, Inc. annual meeting. “Right now housing is the biggest issue we are facing,” said Alesha Jones-Garrett, regional former offender specialist at the North Carolina Department of Commerce and guest speaker. “We’re losing… 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 →

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 →

Former gang leader campaigns for change

Former gang leader campaigns for change

  Once a drug dealer and the leader of a Durham gang, Otis Lyons now leads a movement called Campaign 4 Change to stop young people from falling into his former lifestyle. “A lot of kids that’s acting up they tell people that’s trying to help, ‘You don’t understand. You don’t live my life. You don’t walk in my shoes’…they… Read more →