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 efforts of wonderful volunteers!
Learn about EDCI volunteering opportunities below. Signup is available for programs now in session.
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.
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. Our 2019 Holiday Zone is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at the EDCI office, 2101 Angier Avenue.
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.
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. Our Friday Story Hour meets once every 2 weeks. Saturday Story Hour meets once a month. All sessions are bilingual (English and Spanish) and meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at EDCI.
Volunteer activities include: reading aloud in English and Spanish; facilitating craft projects; assisting with songs and snacks.
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.
Feed My Sheep
Feed My Sheep is an EDCI partner who provides free meals and bagged groceries to households in the surrounding area of Northeast Durham. Their mission: to feed anyone in need and be a place of healing for the community. Join our EDCI volunteers at Feed My Sheep, located at Shepherd's House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
Volunteer activities include: On Saturdays—helping to set up and clean up; sort, carry, and put away groceries; work at food stations; and engage with community members. On third Tuesdays of the month—unloading and sorting shipments of goods.
EDCI Summer Lunch
EDCI is committed to combating food insecurity in East Durham, and Summer Lunch is a crucial part of that work. Summer Lunch is an annual program that serves free, nutritious meals 5 days per week for 8 weeks to East Durham families and residents. After lunch, EDCI offers enrichment programs for parents and children, and other opportunities to build and celebrate community. We particularly look for bilingual volunteers (English and Spanish) to volunteer at the sign-in table.
Volunteer activities include: staffing the sign-in table; serving food; interacting with families; leading enrichment activities for children.
End of Summer Celebration
The End of Summer Celebration is a block-party style event to celebrate the summertime accomplishments of EDCI students. Last summer, the community celebration featured a water slide, a bounce house, a live DJ, and free food!
Volunteer activities include: setting up and staffing stations; serving food; interacting with families; and serving as a point of information throughout the event.
Family Open House
EDCI hosts quarterly Open House events to introduce new families to our services and programming and to deepen existing connections with EDCI families.
Volunteer activities include: mobile market set-up and assistance; Open House room set-up and technology support (such as running projectors for presentations), and room cleanup; sign-in table and guiding families and programming; classroom assistance in childcare rooms.
Community Garden Box & Build
Our Community Garden Box & Build activities give volunteers and EDCI community members a chance to build and maintain vegetable garden beds. Enjoy the Saturday sunshine and work directly with EDCI families. No gardening experience is necessary, but we'd love to have help from any garden aficionados!
Volunteer activities include: garden bed construction; planting and tending to vegetable gardens; interacting with EDCI families; and learning gardening best practices.