There are many ways to get involved at UMD and make a difference in someone’s life.
In a single year, more than 4,000 volunteers work with us to help their neighbors in need: individuals, communities of faith, groups from local colleges and universities and many K-12 schools, civic groups and businesses, large and small.
Together, all of them share in a variety of tasks to help one another and to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment that affirms the dignity of all.
We invite you to come and Share the Journey with us!
Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to serve, celebrate, raise funds, collect, learn, comfort and be comforted as our entire community shares the journey together.
Volunteer today. Or organize a service project. Both are great ways to help us provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to our neighbors in need. Together we can build a stronger community of support and grow as people of character, humility, and compassion.
News & Needs
Feb 13, 2014
Snowed in the day before Valentine's? Shop from home on NamesForChange.org and show love and caring to your sweetie and your homeless and poor neighbors all at the same time.
Fact: Nothing says “be mine” like “I named these Vienna sausages after you.” http://namesforchange.org/item/vienna-sausages.View this post on Facebook
Feb 12, 2014
Have to share the best school closing announcement video we've ever seen, by the headmaster and Upper School head of Durham Academy, whose staff, faculty, students and parents are big supporters of our work to offer food, shelter and a future.View this post on Facebook
Feb 12, 2014
Name this sugar for your sugar for Valentine's Day, and we’ll give a little sugar to someone for whom life hasn’t always been sweet.View this post on Facebook
Feb 11, 2014
Do you have someone special to snuggle this Valentine’s Day? Name a teddy bear after them and share the love with a kid who could use some hugs.View this post on Facebook
Feb 01, 2014
Happy to announce that Olive & Olive Intellectual Property Law is the presenting sponsor of Empty Bowls 2014, our signature fundraising event to be held the evening of March 6 at Durham Convention Center.
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Feb 01, 2014
Please watch this video about how half a dozen nonprofits cooperate to move neighbors from homelessness into apartments of their own, transforming lives.
Vimeo is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.View this post on Facebook
Jan 29, 2014
What if your baby had a dirty diaper, but you couldn't afford to change it? This MSNBC segment is VERY well deserved national attention on our friends at Diaper Bank of North Carolina, who have partnered with us as a distribution point to connect donated diapers with bottoms in need.
Melissa Harris-Perry’s foot soldier this week is Michelle Old, the Executive Director of Diaper Bank of North Carolina, which organizes diaper drives for low...View this post on Facebook
Jan 28, 2014
On nights like his, homeless people sleeping outdoors are in great danger, as this poster registered nurse Joyce Taylor made for UMD's Community Cafe emphasizes.View this post on Facebook
Jan 28, 2014
Very exciting -- our pottery chair Pam Epperson sent these great photos of some of the special Empty Bowls bowls being prepared for Premier ticket buyers (turned wooden bowls will also be in the Premier selection).View this post on Facebook
Jan 21, 2014
Wanna go out and hear some music Friday night? The first Strings Attached of Durham show of 2014 is singer/songwriter Catie Curtis.View this post on Facebook
Jan 20, 2014
"For while we are quite successful in breaking down the legal barriers to segregation, the Negro is now confronting social and economic barriers which are very real.
"[Oberlin College] President Carr, members of the faculty, and members of the graduating class of this great institution of learning, ladies and gentlemen:.Martin Luther King Jr. Commencement Address, June 1965View this post on Facebook
Jan 10, 2014
We need regular Saturday volunteers to sort, store and display the hundreds of articles of clothing generously given to the UMD Clothing Closet monthly.View this post on Facebook