EDCI has both ongoing and seasonal volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in an opportunity, please fill out the application form below or contact Elizabeth Ross (email@example.com) with questions.
All volunteers interacting with children must undergo a background check.
EDCI STEAM Saturdays Workshops
Each school year, EDCI offers Saturday workshops for kids in grades 3-8 on a variety of STEAM themes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Workshops take place from 9:00am–1:00pm and are facilitated by various educational organizations throughout the Triangle.
Volunteers serve as classroom assistants and help students conduct projects. This is a great way to learn something new and build relationships with kids! A background check is required by EDCI.
Y.E. Smith Elementary School offers enrichment classes every Friday (Friday Clubs) to students between 3:00-4:00 p.m. Friday clubs expose students to new subjects and experiences and give students and professionals the opportunity to indulge their non-academic interests. Clubs last anywhere from 6-9 weeks.
Examples of previous Friday Clubs are robotics, debate team, Zumba, cooking, art, and yoga. Please note that Friday Club volunteers are responsible for designing and facilitating their club and will need to apply to Durham Public Schools to be a volunteer. A background check is required by both EDCI and Durham Public Schools.
Help a child improve their reading skills in just one hour a week! Reading Rangers is a weekly volunteer program offered by the Downtown Durham Rotary Club at Y.E. Smith Elementary. Reading Rangers spend one hour a week with their student reading books one on one. A background check by Durham Public Schools is required.
Hora de Cuento (Story Hour)
EDCI hosts a weekly Story Hour in Spanish for families with young children on Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytellers read from books, sing songs, and give out snacks. Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish to help out!
The EDCI Zone is home to a significant Spanish-speaking population. EDCI is seeking volunteers to interpret at various community and family events. Native Spanish speakers and professional interpreters are preferred, but advanced speakers from any background are welcome. Interpretation opportunities can be one time or ongoing.
EDCI sponsors two basketball teams for EDCI Zone youth: ages 7–8 and ages 8–9. We are seeking volunteer coaches who have experience coaching youth basketball. Practices are held once a week on Wednesdays in the Holton Career and Resource Center, and games are held on Saturdays. The season runs from approximately November–February.
A background check is required by EDCI as well as Durham Parks and Recreation.
Each December, EDCI hosts a holiday event for families where they can pick out new toys and books for their children. We need volunteers who can organize toy drives, serve as personal shoppers during the event, and wrap gifts. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for large groups.
During the summer months when school is not in session, EDCI offers daily hot, healthy lunches to food-insecure families. We also offer enrichment activities including story time and arts and crafts. We need volunteers to serve lunches and conduct enrichment activities. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for large groups.
Youth Leadership Mentors
Help nurture the next generation of leaders in East Durham! Each week, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders living in the EDCI Zone meet to discuss health challenges and brainstorm potential solutions. We need mentors to attend meetings each week (1-2 times per week) and guide mentors on their leadership paths. A background check is required by EDCI and Durham Public Schools.
Please note: all EDCI volunteer positions are unpaid.