At EDCI, we're excited to offer a fall programming schedule that challenges students to be creative, physically active, and fully engaged in their learning opportunities and communities. And we couldn't do it without the impacts of wonderful volunteers!
Learn about our current programs below:
Story Hour is a one-hour, interactive activity for families and young children ages 0-5. EDCI staff and volunteers read stories aloud, sing songs, and lead arts and crafts projects to promote reading and early literacy. The program is offered each Friday at the EDCI office. The fourth Friday of each month includes bilingual programming - and all other Story Hours are primarily Spanish-speaking.
Volunteer activities include: reading aloud in English and Spanish; facilitating craft projects; assisting with songs and snacks.
Bull City Fit
Bull City Fit is a community-based wellness program focused on helping youth ages 11-13 build healthy lifestyles. This program provides free evening and weekend activity sessions designed to promote active living. Sessions cover various themes such as fitness games, sports lessons, exercise routines, cooking, and gardening.
Volunteer activities include: leading games and nutrition activities; playing and learning alongside participants; supporting sibling and parent activities.
STEAM Saturdays are interactive, out-of-school workshops for 3rd-5th graders focused on topics related to science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Workshops are offered on Saturday mornings with the support of local partner organizations and volunteers.
Volunteer activities include: assisting with classroom management; serving breakfast and lunch; leading games and activities; attending field trips.
Youth Leadership Council (YLC)
Elementary and middle school students in the Youth Leadership Council design and implement community health initiatives addressing physical health and nutrition, social-emotional health, sexual and reproductive health, and community safety. Last year, students in YLC created a school-wide anti-loneliness campaign, including an original Public Service Announcement and a social lunch series!
Volunteer activities include: assisting with classroom management; leading games and activities; attending field trips.
Holiday Zone is one of EDCI's largest annual events, during which families shop for free holiday gifts for each of their children. Volunteers are needed prior to the event for gift shopping and organization, as well as on the day of the event (Dec. 8).
Volunteer activities include: shopping for gifts; setting up and decorating EDCI's office; sorting toys; helping parents shop through gift rooms; assisting with sign-in, gift wrapping, and refreshments.
Family Open House
EDCI hosts quarterly Open House events to introduce new families to our services and programming - and to deepen connections with existing families. On Nov. 17, we are hosting an Open House and Mobile Market immediately following STEAM Saturday activities. The Mobile Market is part of EDCI's ongoing commitment to addressing food insecurity in East Durham.
Volunteer activities include: mobile market set-up and assistance; Open House room set-up and technology support (i.e. running projectors for presentations), and room clean-up; sign-in table and guiding families and programming; classroom assistance in childcare rooms.