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Opportunities

The following opportunities are intended to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can help with. In general, we appreciate knowing in advance of any donations you may make. We accept donations Monday through Friday between 9AM and 6PM, and on Saturdays between 10AM and 2PM. For questions, or to let us know what you will be bringing, please contact Gin Jackson, gjackson@umdurham.org. Thank you!

Clothing restocker

Between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm, 1 to 3 hours weekly on the same day each week. As this job takes two volunteers, coordinating the time is important so that both volunteers are there together. Straighten up the Clothing Closet and restock it to be ready for the next day’s services. Must be able to lift 10 pounds and go up and down stairs a few times each shift to bring down clothing for the racks. 


Driver

Pick up bread and pastries donated by two nearby Durham businesses any time between 7 and 10 am. Must have vehicle. Regular, weekly commitment.


Community Cafe meal serving group 

Group of 8 people needed. Most meal serving slots for the year are booked, but some remain open for:  

DINNER – You need to provide the food, as well as prepare and serve for 250 people. Random dates. Mostly weeknights.

HOLIDAYS – Groups serving regularly typically want to take holidays off.


Clothing sorter/supervisor

We always need trained volunteers with a great eye for detail to inspect donated clothing. Once trained, you have lots of flexibility in when and how often you come sort. Highly qualified sorters could also periodically supervise a group if available. 


Clothing or food drive leader

Collect specific items we request with your faith community, book club, neighborhood association or other group of nice people. Please email Gin Jackson, gjackson@umdurham.org, before you begin or advertise your drive. Clothing items can be new or in excellent used condition (no tears, stains, broken zippers, missing buttons). We most need food drives March through October that collect these items -- in particular fresh fruits and vegetables.


Morning services helper 

Help UMD staff serve 26 low-resource households each Monday through Thursday morning in our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Various roles require training, so we ask you to commit to working weekly or twice a month.  


Data enterer

Enter information about volunteer hours and item donations into our computer database. Accuracy and comfort using a computer needed, and training is required. Ideally, we want a commitment of 2-3 hours every week.


Casserole cook or coordinator

Make and freeze a casserole in a disposable aluminum pan with ingredients and warming instructions on freezer tape on the outside. Our Food Pantry distributes fully cooked family size dinner casseroles (recipes) as a homemade extra meal that can be heated quickly. The Community Cafe needs 9x13 breakfast casseroles (recipes) partially cooked., or you can use your own. Coordinate delivery with Gin Jackson, gjackson@umdurham.org


Sandwich or bag lunch preparer   

We hand out about 250 bag lunches every Monday through Friday morning at breakfast so clients will have their midday meal no matter where work or appointments take them in Durham. Instead of pre-packing a bag lunch, we now let clients select only what they want, reducing food waste. You can help by donating any amount of the following—preferably early in the week. Please email Gin Jackson, in advance so we can coordinate with other donations.

  • Sandwich in zip-top plastic bag. Include a protein (peanut butter, ham, cheese, etc.). No condiments on the sandwich, please, so they’ll keep for hours without refrigeration; packets on the side are great.
  • Piece of fresh fruit, individual fruit cup OR small bag of fresh, cut vegetables. Dipping sauce/salad dressing in individual 2 ounce soufflé cup with lid is a bonus!
  • Snack (pretzels, chips, granola bar, etc.) in zip-top plastic bag.
  • Sweet (cookies, pound cake, brownie, etc.) in zip-top plastic bag.

Encouraging note writer 

Encourage and inspire neighbors by inscribing positive or motivational messages and drawings on the paper lunch bags used to distribute weekday lunches, or on index cards that can be included in hygeine kits distributed from the Food Pantry.  These need to be non-religious, as UMD embraces all faiths. For a bag, fold the bag in half and then write or draw on the bottom half so your message or drawing will show after the bag is filled and rolled.


Powdered milk packager

Purchase powdered milk. Then from home or when scheduled at UMD, put the recommended amount of powdered milk into a zip-top bag and label with mixing directions. Any amount will be a great help!


Hygiene kit hero

We try to hand out hygiene kits to all the clients who visit our food pantry and clothing closet, about 120 kits each week. Any quantity you can make would help. It is important that your kit includes all of the requested items. Here is what goes into each kit. You are welcome to check with Gin Jackson in advance to see if UMD has a surplus of any of these items that you can include. Also, dentists are very open to giving those who ask extra toothbrushes and toothpaste.

  • Gallon size zip-top bag
  • Soap – 1 regular bar or 2 small bars
  • Shampoo – 2 hotel size or 1 small bottle
  • Conditioner – 2 hotel size or 1 small bottle
  • Lotion – hotel size or larger container that fits in the bag
  • Deodorant –1.8 oz. size
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste – small tube (2.8 oz.) or full size preferred (tube only; please discard the box)
  • Wash cloth
  • Disposable razor
  • Shaving cream – 6 oz (Barbasol brand generally has the best price)

OPTIONAL additions that are greatly appreciated:

  • Dental floss
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mints, lip balm


Move-Out kit maker

Clients are moving into their own apartments, thanks to job training programs leading to employment and landlords partnering with UMD. It is a very exciting time, but people leaving homelessness often lack some of the basics to set up their households, and their incomes are limited. You can help by providing any of these things in new or excellent used condition:

  • Basic pots and pans
  • Dishes and cups (no cracks or chips)
  • Glasses (no alcohol logos please)
  • Flatware and serving/cooking utensils
  • Blankets
  • Twin, full and queen size sheets only
  • Bed pillows (new in package only)
  • Washcloths and towels in good condition
  • Working table lamps with undamaged shade
  • Countertop appliances such as toaster, microwave, or coffee maker

Custom Group Projects 

We may have special, one-time projects such as cleaning, organizing, landscaping. Just let us know well in advance when you'll be free, how many people you’ll have, what time of the day you're available and for how long. If you can provide supplies or resources for your project, you will have many more options.

Contact Gin Jackson, director of community engagement:  gjackson@umdurham.org or (919) 682-0538, ext. 125.

News & Needs

May 12, 2017

UMD could not offer food, shelter and a future without the help of more than 4,000 volunteers annually.

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Apr 21, 2017

We're excited to be a finalist for Indy Week's Best of the Triangle in the Durham nonprofit category.

Click to give Urban Ministries of Durham the win.

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Mar 17, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.

Shop for a cause! Thanks V&V; in the past few years you and your customers have raised enough money to end homelessness for two people.

✨ Come shop to support your neighbors in need! ✨ On Saturday, March 18th, we are donating 20% of the days total in-store and online sales to UMD.

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Mar 17, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Stop by and shop the latest spring collections at Vert & Vogue tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th and help your neighbors in need.

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Mar 07, 2017

Are you watching the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament today? Much of North Carolina is or wants to -- and that includes homeless men staying in our shelter, a very basic, barracks-style bunkroom.

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Mar 04, 2017

And the Empty Bowls Judges Choice Awards went to: Croasdaile Retirement Village, first place; Bleu Olive, second place; and Mothers & Sons Trattoria, third place.

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Mar 03, 2017

Empty Bowls was a great success.

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Mar 01, 2017

Great story by Anthony Wilson WTVD aired tonight! Check it out and get your tickets: http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

Now in its 11th year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries brings local chefs together in a friendly competition to see who can make Durham's best soup.

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Mar 01, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Anthony Wilson WTVD's video.

Anthony Wilson WTVD takes you behind the scenes of his story that will air this afternoon at 4:30 and 5:30 on ABC 11 about how chefs and potters prepare for Empty Bowls, to be held Thursday, March 2, at Durham Convention Center.

Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:.

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Feb 28, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Enjoy chef-made soups, artist-made bowls and festivity to offer neighbors food, shelter and a future.

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Feb 20, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Soups for March 2's RTI International Presents Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham have been announced, including selections by Littler Durham, Dashi, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas and 12 others! See the list and buy tickets http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

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Feb 13, 2017

Urban Ministries of Durham shared A Lotta Love's post.

This transformation was remarkable.

Today was another fantastic day for A Lotta Love.

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Feb 13, 2017

Sneak peek at some of the bowls being produced for RTI International Presents Empty Bowls 2017 to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham! Be sure you buy your ticket today for the March 2 event, and select a ticket level that entitles you to one of these beauties.

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Jan 27, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for Empty Bowls, UMD's signature fundraising event March 2 featuring soup from a dozen of Durham's best restaurants and artist-made bowls.

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Dec 30, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

Share a financial gift through Urban Ministries of Durham to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need like Kathy House and Anthony Jackson.

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Dec 13, 2016

Can't name London.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

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Dec 05, 2016

This plunger helps end homelessness at Urban Ministries of Durham.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

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Dec 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

Urban Ministries of Durham is once again proud to participate in the Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco Campus.

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Dec 02, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

Thank you Cisco Systems @ RTP, for volunteering to decorate the Community Cafe and other spaces at Urban Ministries of Durham in holiday regalia.

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Dec 01, 2016

While Urban Ministries of Durham case workers help a homeless person make a plan to gain income and affordable housing, we provide him or her a safe place to sleep in our Community Shelter.

Click to donate now and shelter a homeless neighbor this holiday season, getting him or her on the road to a sustainable way of life.

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Nov 28, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham doesn't just provide emergency meals and shelter -- we help solve homelessness.

With your holiday contribution, this work can continue.

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Nov 22, 2016

Once again www.NamesForChange.org is offering you the naming rights to dozens of items Urban Ministries of Durham uses to solve homelessness.

Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

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Nov 22, 2016

Urban Ministries of Durham shared Indigo Envelope's photo.

Indigo Envelope, a Durham invitations and paper goods company, is donating a fifth of the price of their holiday card sales to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need at Urban Ministries of Durham.

If you're going to purchase holiday cards this year, consider making a donation to help someone who is struggling right now.

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Nov 17, 2016

As you prepare to be thankful with your family, please know Lorie is thankful to everyone who made Urban Ministries of Durham available to her http://tinyurl.com/helpUMD.

The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future.

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