Community Engagement Opportunities

Civic engagement aims to make a difference in the quality of life in our communities and is a meaningful part of the Duke experience. Civic engagement opportunities at Duke may be either curricular or co-curricular and may be part of formal civic engagement programs or informal efforts initiated by students. This page provides links to help navigate Duke’s civic engagement opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Office of Durham and Community Affairs maintains a listing of local volunteer opportunities. Additionally, Duke has several civic engagement programs offering opportunities to get involved in the community.

More than 40 nonprofit and government organizations attended the virtual Volunteer Fair on Sept. 10. Find out more about the organizations or view recorded videos.

Below is a list of current volunteer opportunities:

Community-Based Federal Work Study

Duke provides a wide variety of community-based work-study opportunities for students interested in working in Durham. These positions provide students with meaningful skill development and sustained employment and organizations with skilled labor at minimal cost. Organizations hosting a community-based federal work-study position are reimbursed for 90% of the cost of a work-study student. All positions for fall 2020 are remote positions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available Positions (all are remote):

America Reads / America Counts
The Duke America Reads/America Counts (ARAC) program is designed to enhance primary-level reading and math skills of children in Durham, while providing Duke University students the opportunity to give back and learn from their community, gain work experience, and earn money. Currently seeking VIRTUAL literacy (reading and math) tutors and teacher assistants to support elementary and middle school students. Positions are open to undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who have received federal work-study awards. New tutors must attend a virtual orientation and trainings based on cultural competency and social justice.  $13.50-$16.50/hour, flexible hours.  Application is open now for Fall 2020.  To apply visit
(updated 8/4/2020)

Durham Literacy Center
The mission of the Durham Literacy Center (DLC) is to empower Durham County residents who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families by improving their literacy skills. In July 2018, Durham Literacy merged with the Achievement Academy of Durham with the goal of increasing capacity, improving, and coordinating programming to serve out-of-school youth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all our programs have adapted to remote instruction while also providing resources and connecting students to essential services such as food, housing, and unemployment assistance.  Currently seeking a Communications Assistant to work with the Director of Development to curate and create content to be shared with internal and external audiences via the DLC’s website, social media, email newsletters, and in print publications such as the DLC’s annual report. The position is remote for the 2020-2021 academic year and will be expected to be in regular contact with the Director of Development and other DLC staff via email, videoconference, and phone. Must be tech savvy, a proficient writer, and have an interest in adult literacy, education, or community development.  Familiarity with Canva, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, Asana, and other digital communications tools a plus.  8 hours/week, $12/hour.  To apply contact Amy Bogie,, or 919-489-8383 ext. 30.

Emily Krzyzewski Center

The Emily Krzyzewski Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a college access hub in Durham, North Carolina, propelling academically-focused, low-income K-12 students and graduates toward success in college through its enrollment-based K to College programs while also offering college information and advising support to additional local high school students through its open-access program, Game Plan: College program. Through broader facility partnerships, thousands of additional students and community members use the Center as a place to convene, learn, and grow. The Emily K Center is seeking a Virtual Monitor to provide monitoring of individual tutoring dyads as part of the Emily K Center’s to child safeguarding in a remote setting. Responsibilities include providing virtual oversight of 1:1 tutoring sessions to ensure professional standards are upheld at all times. Required skills include proficiency in use of digital platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom and familiarity with Google Calendar. Preferred skills include experience working within a youth serving setting and familiarity with basic child safeguarding policies and protocols. Training on use of platforms, child safeguarding and Emily K program objectives and protocols will be provided. Successful clearance of criminal background check required. $12/hour, 6-8 hours/week. Academic year commitment (September-May). To apply, submit cover letter and resume electronically to, with “Virtual Monitor” in the subject line.

SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food. SEEDS primarily serves youth who live in Northeast Central Durham, a historically underserved neighborhood within Durham County.  SEEDS is currently seeking a Communications Assistant to manage social media accounts, and support the Director of Communications. This position will be done remotely and does not require the student to come to the organization to complete the work described. Prefer student with communications experience such as crafting social media posts, narrative alignment with organization and our values, as well as a strong racial equity and social justice lens.  $15/hour, up to 10 hours/week.  Position available August 17, 2020 – November 20, 2020. Contact: Cecilia Polanco, 919-683-1197, ext. 8.

More information is available to nonprofit organizations interested in hiring a work-study student here.

For more engagement opportunities, visit:

United Way of the Greater Triangle

The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center


Volunteer Match

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