Community 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.

For more engagement opportunities, visit:

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.

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.  Location: 706 Gilbert Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Contact: Cecilia Polanco, 919-683-1197, ext. 8.
(updated 8/4/20)

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