Congregation at Duke Chapel

Partner Agencies

Durham Congregations in Action

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel is a member of Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA). DCIA is a cooperative, multi-faith network which offers care and support to the most vulnerable and forgotten in our community, while planting seeds for new initiatives to change lives in Durham. Its mission is to bring together congregations to promote understanding across boundaries of faith, race and ethnicity and to build an inclusive community of justice and peace.

NC Council of Churches

The Congregation at Duke University Chapel is a member of the North Carolina Council of Churches. The North Carolina Council of Churches, which was founded in 1935, is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working toward a more just society. The Council’s mission is to enable “denominations, congregations, and people of faith to individually and collectively impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ.” While the Council itself is overtly Christian, many of the committees and task groups are interfaith, including members from non-Christian faith communities. Several committees also include members of Christian denominations which are not part of the Council of Churches. In its work, the Council strives to live its motto of “Strength in Unity, Peace through Justice”.

Local Grants

Every year the Congregation budgets significant resources to distribute as grants to nonprofits which serve the city of Durham. The Mission 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 looks for 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. We encourage our members and friends to volunteer with these worthy organizations.

Agency Mission 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 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
Partners for Youth Opportunity The mission of Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO) is to partner with the community to provide Durham youth with opportunities to connect, develop, and contribute through mentoring, employment and educational support.
  • Tutor PYO high school students in particular subjects
  • Serve as mentor to PYO students who need a dependable, caring adult
Volunteer with PYO
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
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
Ronald McDonald House Built with love, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake offers a comforting home away from home and a community of support for seriously ill children and their families.
  • Offer hospitality to residents at the Durham House.
  • Provide baked goods to residents.
  • Create fellowship and family fun opportunities for residents and families.
Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House
SEEDS SEEDS teaches respect for life, for the earth and for each other through gardening and growing food. Located in the heart of Downtown Durham, SEEDS is an urban sanctuary focused on promoting principles and practice of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental stewardship.
  • Bring your skills to the garden!
  • Till, prepare, and plant.
Volunteer at SEEDS
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
StepUp Durham Adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.
  • Assist at networking events, serve as mock interviewer, or talk about employment opportunities at your company.
  • Teach and assist in job skills workshops.
  • Office work at Step Up office.
Volunteer at StepUp Durham
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