Congregation at Duke Chapel

Partner Agencies

Local Grants

Every year the Congregation budgets significant resources to distribute as grants to nonprofits, which serve the city of Durham. The committee has intentionally kept the number of agencies we support small, between ten and twelve, so that we can develop deeper connections with these partner agencies. Each year, the committee invites select agencies to apply for a grant; completed applications are followed with a personal interview. In the interview, the Mission Committee seeks greater understanding of the work and challenges of the agency and seeks additional ways in which the Congregation can partner with the agency.

The Congregation at Duke Chapel supports several local non-profits with volunteer service, in-kind gifts, financial support, and prayers. In 2016-2017, we gave $43,250 in grant funding. We also gave additional funds to Habitat for Humanity, as we partnered with others to build a house, and to the United Methodist Committee on Relief in response to the flooding from Hurricane Matthew. We encourage our members and friends to volunteer with these worthy organizations.



Volunteer Needs

Achievement Academy of Durham

Achievement Academy of Durham teaches and supports young adults who have dropped out of school in order to help them earn their NC Equivalency Diploma.

  • Tutoring
  • Inviting a representative of the Achievement Academy to speak to your organization
  • Assisting with annual graduation ceremonies

Volunteer at Achievement Academy

Durham Crisis Response Center

The Durham Crisis Response Center works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education, support and prevention.

  • Crisis Line Advocates
  • Bilingual/Spanish Speaking Advocates
  • Hospital Responders
  • Court Advocates
  • Thrift Store Volunteers

Volunteer at DCRC

Families Moving Forward

Families Moving Forward offers a temporary home to families with children in the crisis of homelessness and guides families to nd self-sufficiency.

  • Study buddies
  • Mentors
  • Enrichment Facilitators
  • Curriculum Developers

Volunteer at FMF

Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

  • Assist in constructing houses
  • Assist in deconstruction and salvaging materials
  • Work in the ReStore

Volunteer at Habitat

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels enhances the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities and other eligible citizens in our community who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves.

  • Drive meals to client’s homes
  • Pack hot meals or carry them to cars
  • Administrative support
  • Special event volunteers

Volunteer for Meals on Wheels

Open Table Ministry

Open Table Ministry, Inc. seeks to guide homeless people toward long-term health and wholeness by building relationships, meeting practical needs and connecting with existing community resources.

  • Assist with providing a Monday lunch

Volunteer with Open Tables Ministry

Religious Coalition for a Non Violent Durham

Religious Coalition for a Non Violent Durham seeks to prevent and rectify the injustice of violence that segregates our city and diminishes our humanity.

  • Attend prayer vigils
  • Be a part of a faith team to assist offenders with reentry.

Volunteer with RCND

Reality Ministries

Reality Ministries creates opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and the life-changing reality of Christ’s love.

  • Become a buddy for Tuesday night activities.
  • Assist with daytime activities and programs
  • Walk with participants on Mondays
  • Be paired with a participant for a special events
  • Prepare and serve a meal

Volunteer at Reality Ministry

Society of Saint Andrew

Society of St. Andrew rescues and distributes food as a means of feeding hungry Americans.

  • Gather produce from the field
  • Distributing food to those in need.

Volunteer at St. Andrew

Urban Ministries

Urban Ministries seeks to meet emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter; and to help those who are homeless secure a home and the resources to stay there.

  • Internet cafe helper
  • Clothing closet sorting
  • Casserole making
  • Driver
  • Data entry and/or clerical projects
  • Donation intake

Volunteer with Urban Ministries

Total Local Mission Grants for 2016-2017: $43,250