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:
Community Garden Box & Build
Community Garden Box & Build is a five-part gardening series, where volunteers and EDCI community members will learn to maintain and build vegetable garden beds. Participants will put their skills to the test in building up to 50 garden boxes in East Durham -- at EDCI's offices (2101 Angier Ave.) and throughout the community. 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.
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 are particularly looking for bilingual volunteers (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. Taking place on August 2, the community celebration will feature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Holiday Zone typically takes place in the first weeks of December.
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.