Annual Events

Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair is hosted in collaboration with the Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center. The annual event connects members of the Duke community with local nonprofits and serves as a gateway for students and employees to explore service opportunities.

More than 40 community organizations and student groups participate in the Volunteer Fair each year. To see who was present at the Fall 2019 fair, check out the participant list.

The Volunteer Fair is going VIRTUAL! Thursday, September 10

Community partners should register with the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center by emailing Debalina Chatterjee.

Campus organizations and student service groups seeking to recruit new members should register at

Make a Difference Day

Since 1992, the Points of Light Foundation has sponsored Make A Difference Day in order to inspire hundreds of thousands of volunteers to give back in their local communities. It is held annually on the fourth Saturday in October. In 2019, Duke students, employees and family members volunteered at Book Harvest and Burch Avenue Neighborhood Park. Stay tuned for information about the 2020 project(s)!

Project Share

Project Share is coordinated in partnership with the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center and the Durham Department of Social Services. Through this program, members of the Duke community provide gifts to Durham individuals and families in need during the holiday season. The Duke community pledges to provide gifts for at least 300 adults and children in Durham every year. To support Project Share, you can make an online gift or a flex donation. Stay tuned for more information about gift donations for 2020.

MLK Million Meals

Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Duke collaborates with local partners to package over 100,000 meals for the Triangle. Food packed during the event is distributed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.