Duke Alums Engage Past Events

Duke alumni organized projects in more than 45 cities in 2015, including three international events. Here are some of the places where Duke is doing good in the neighborhood.


2015 DAE Projects

Atlanta, GA

When: Saturday, May 2 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Project: MedShare is an innovative nonprofit that bridges the gap between surplus and need, to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. Children 10-13 may volunteer with an adult and all volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
Location: MedShare, 3240 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, GA 30034
Partnering Group: MedShare International

Austin, TX

When: Saturday, May 2 | 9 a.m.-noon (with brunch following)
Project: Our 2015 Duke Alums Engage project will be a meaningful experience for the whole family!  Join us to spend a morning working in Genesis Gardens at the Community First! Village. Community First! Village is a 27-acre master-planned community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.  Our work may include a variety of activities to support the gardens and working farm including laying pathways, racking mulch, harvesting vegetables, working in the chicken coop. We will work alongside residents - the homeless and formerly homeless. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate - those younger than high school will work alongside and with their parents but there will be activities for families to engage in.  Following our work, volunteers are invited to share brunch with all who have worked that day.
Location: Genesis Gardens at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin, TX 78724
Partnering Group: Genesis Gardens at Community First! Village

Boston, MA

When: Saturday, May 9 | 8:30 a.m.- noon
Project: Join Boston Alumni for a morning of volunteering at Roxbury Prep, a charter school for low income students to prepare, enter, succeed and graduate from college. We are looking for 15 Duke alumni volunteers to work with individual students and small groups of 5th-8th graders to prepare for the math MCAS exam. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! No prior preparation is required as all briefings and materials will be presented to the volunteers on Saturday morning at the school. Just bring your energy, enthusiasm and willingness to engage these motivated students who need our help.
Location: Mission Hill Campus, 120 Fisher Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02120
Partnering Group: Roxbury Prep

Buffalo, NY Duke Alums Engage 2015Buffalo, NY

When: Saturday, April 25 | 9:45 a.m.- noon
Project: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper organizes the largest Shoreline Cleanups in Buffalo Niagara with over 1,500 volunteers at 40 waterfront sites throughout Western New York. During this family friendly event, volunteers will clean up the shoreline in the Tifft Nature Preserve.
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203
Partnering Group: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Charlotte, NC Duke Alums Engage 2015Charlotte, NC

When: Saturday, April 25  |  9 a.m.-Noon
Project: Come join your fellow Duke Alums at Alexander Youth Network, for a morning of community engagement and camaraderie.

Last year’s event participants raved about the experience being both eye-opening and fulfilling, and so we are happy to be returning this year to do what we can to help this great organization! Duke Alums Engage volunteers will work with a group of children in an activity and perform maintenance and upkeep on facilities and trails on the property. Alexander Youth Network delivers an effective and efficient array of services, enabling children and their families to exercise self-determination, achieve their potential, and find long-lasting positive ways to connect with their community. Alexander Youth Network serves approximately 7,000 children a year in more than a dozen programs.
Location: 6220 Thermal Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
Partnering Group: Alexander Youth Network

Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, May 9 | 8:15-11:00 a.m.
Project: Ravenswood Community Services partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Ravenswood School to bring the Market Pantry to the Ravenswood School staff parking lot the second Saturday morning of each month. The Market Pantry offers a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and non-perishable food items in a farmers-market-style atmosphere at no charge to families and individuals in need of food assistance. Participants need not have a student enrolled at Ravenswood School.
Location: Ravenswood School, 4332 N. Paulina St. Chicago, IL 60613
Partnering Group: Ravenswood Community Services

Dallas, TX

When: Saturday, April 25 | Noon-3 p.m.
Project: Join us as we put into action Duke's mission of learning in service of society to promote adult literacy in our community! We are partnering with two of Dallas' most amazing community resources, LIFT (Literacy Instruction For Texas) and the Austin Street Shelter, to provide literacy testing for Austin Street's homeless population.

We will meet at LIFT's offices and receive training on how to provide LIFT's literacy testing and assessment skills. After the training, clients from Austin Street Shelter will be assessed. At the end of the day we’ll have a reception to celebrate these two organizations and the clients and volunteers. Kids are welcome. Feel free to drop by at any time during the day's events and join with others in a day of impactful service to our community.
Location: Meet at LIFT Offices, 1600 S. Malcolm X Boulevard, Suite 320, Dallas, TX 75226
Partnering Groups: LIFT and Austin Street Center

Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, April 25 | 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Project: Come join your fellow Duke alums at the Gleaners Community Food Bank. Duke Alums Engage volunteers will sort and pack food in the warehouse. All participants are required to wear closed toe shoes. Also, please keep in mind that you will be working in a warehouse where the temperature could be quite cold. Dress appropriately in layers.
Location: Gleaners Headquarters & Distribution Center, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit, MI 48207
Partnering Group: Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Durham, NC

When: Saturday, May 16  |  9:30 a.m. - Noon
Project: Triangle alumni will partner with DURO (Duke University Retiree Outreach) to complete beautification projects around the school. DURO tutors Lakewood Elementary children during the school year as well as devoting time to maintaining a gardens and the school grounds.  Volunteers will spend time mulching, gardening and painting outdoors and painting classrooms indoors.
Location: Lakewood Elementary School, 2520 Vesson Avenue, Durham, NC 27707
Partnering Group: Lakewood Elementary School and DURO


When: Saturday, May 2 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Project: Duke Alums Engage together with UCONN alumni are sponsoring "Competitors on the Court - Partners in the Community"

Join alumni, family and friends from Duke and UCONN for a day of volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Volunteers will assist with preparing store merchandise, receiving donations and customer service at the ReStore.
Location: Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 500 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield, CT
Partnering Group: Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Hilton Head, SC

When: Thursday, February 12
Project: Duke alumni and area Big 10 alumni clubs partnered with the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club in hosting a Valentine’s Day Cookie Project for deployed military troops. Alumni and friends were given the opportunity to say “thanks” to deployed military troops for their dedication and service to our country by baking and packaging cookies
Location: Hilton Head
Partnering Group: Treat the Troops

Houston, TX

When: Saturday, May 2 |8 a.m.-Noon
Project: Join Duke alums, family and friends in volunteering at the Houston Zoo! All volunteers must be 13 years of age or older and must sign release forms (anyone younger than 18 must have theirs signed by their legal guardian). Please arrive promptly. If you miss the orientation, the Zoo will not allow you to participate. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and shorts or pants of the appropriate length.

Recommended Items to Bring: Refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat and work gloves.
Location: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Partnering Group: Houston Zoo

Indianapolis, IN

When: Saturday, May 2 |10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Project: Indianapolis alumni, family and friends will again partner with Fletcher Place Community Center for Duke Alums Engage week. A variety of group activities are possible including working in our community veggie garden or in our flower garden. Some inside activities include painting the dining hall, working together sorting clothing donations for the free store and restocking the store, unpacking food donations, stocking pantry shelves and pre-packing food orders; or cleaning up toys and play areas in the preschool or deep cleaning the kitchen which serves over 25,000 meals a year.

Location: Fletcher Place Community Center, 1637 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Partnering Group: Fletcher Place Community Center

Long Island

When: Sunday, May 3 | 1-3 p.m.
Project: Sunrise Day Camp is the only dedicated full summer day camp in the nation for children, ages 3 1/2 - 16, with cancer and their siblings. It is a camp designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational, and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night. Best of all, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge to all children being treated for cancer and their siblings on a non-sectarian basis. In addition to the wonderful summer camp, Sunrise offers a wide variety of programs all year long.

As part of this year’s spring planting day, Duke alumni, parents and families (all ages welcome) will volunteer for a fun day of prepping camp for the campers.
Location: Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 75 Colonial Springs Road , Wheatley Heights, NY
Partnering Group: Sunrise Day Camp

Los Angeles, CA

When: Saturday, March 28 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Project: Please join Duke SoCal alums for a volunteer event at Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby is a nonprofit organization that provides essential baby and childcare items to mothers who would otherwise be unable to afford them--all through individual and corporate donations. By distributing new and gently used items to 60 non-profit partner organizations, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and other social service agencies, Baby2Baby will serve over 80,000 children this year.

Part of Baby2Baby's efforts involve sorting and organizing the donated items and creating children's gift bags--in order to accomplish this task volunteers are needed for their "Give Back" volunteer sessions. Baby2Baby provides coffee, music, and good company, Duke Alumni provide the their time and a desire to serve!
Location: 6435 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Partnering Group: Baby2Baby

Los Angeles, CA

When: Saturday, April 25 | 1-3 p.m.
Project: Bring positive energy to engage teens taking part in Aviva programs in creative and positive activities. Whether working together on an arts & crafts project, participating in a dance contest, playing Pictionary or charades or just having a good conversation, our goal is to brighten the teens' spirits by encouraging them to creatively express themselves and have a fun time.

More about Aviva: Aviva started in 1915 as The Ida Strauss Day Nursery, which arranged for the adoptions of WWI orphans and provided day care to children of working widows and mothers. In 1918, they became the Jewish Alliance, which added a small residential program and community center to the day nursery. In 1927, the agency became known as Hamburger Home in tribute to a major benefactor and for almost 40 years provided housing for young, working and single Jewish women. In the 1960’s the women’s residence evolved into a residential treatment program for sexually and physically abused adolescent girls of all races and religions. Today Aviva Family & Children's Services provides many vital programs and services to at-risk abused and neglected children which includes a Residential Treatment Center, an accredited Private High School along with enrichment programs for infants through sixth grade, a Foster Care and Adoption Program. They also provide a variety of community services to families which include Mental Health, gang intervention, and a wraparound program.
Location: Aviva Family & Children Service at the Wallis Annenberg Center, 1701 Camino Palmero, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Partnering Group: Aviva Family & Children Service

Los Angeles, CA

When: Monday, April 27 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Project: Executive Prep is in its second year of existence. Critical to its success will be the inspiration within its first students. The goal is to give children in the under-served community of South Central an education that is focused on financial literacy so that they will have the tools necessary for success in their career and general life-management. We are asking for volunteers in any profession (business, law, medicine, arts, etc.) to come and talk to these students about your professional paths.

Location: The Executive Prep Academy of Finance, 2506 W. Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90250
Partnering Group: The Executive Prep Academy of Finance

Miami, FL Duke Alums Engage 2015Miami, FL

When: Saturday, April 25 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Project: Join Duke alumni from all over South Florida for a Duke Alums Engage project at Overtown Youth Center. Teaming with students from OYC, alumni will participate in activities ranging from arts and crafts and reading to health and fitness, sports, and yoga. Duke alumni will also be putting together food care packages for local residents in need and delivering them to the Missions of Charity organization.

No experience is necessary – only enthusiasm! Children 8 and up are welcome to attend as well.
Location: The Overtown Youth Center, 450 NW 14th Street, Miami, FL 33136
Partnering Group: The Overtown Youth Center

New York Duke Alums Engage 2015New York, NY

When: Saturday, May 2 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Project: DukeNY will again partner with The Children’s Aid Society at their Dunlevy Milbank Community Center in Central Harlem to offer medical services, sports activities and wellness workshops as part of Duke Alums Engage. Last year alumni, family and friends volunteered to help more than 300 adults and children in the Harlem community learn more about healthy living and the importance of staying active.
Location: Dunlevy Milbank Boys & Girls Club, 14-32 West 118th Street, New York, NY
Partnering Group: The Children's Aid Society

Philadelphia, PA

When: Monday, April 20 | 3-8:30 p.m.
Project: For many cancer patients, treatment at Philadelphia's medical centers provides the greatest hope, but requires that they be far from home, adding the additional burden of travel and lodging expenses. That is why the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area. Duke alumni, family and friends will make dinner for up to 74 patients in residence at the lodge. Can’t attend the event?  Donations of cash and supplies are accepted as well.
Location: 110 W. Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012
Partnering Group: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Pittsburgh, PA Duke Alums Engage 2015Pittsburgh, PA

When: Saturday, April 25 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Project: World Vision has an impressive facility near Sewickley, PA where it stores and distributes largely donated goods throughout much of the world.  World Vision has people in some of the poorest regions on earth, including the United States, who work with local leaders to make a huge difference in creative problem solving in the great needs of our time.

Duke alumni, parents, grandparents, families, colleagues and friends are invited to help World Vision address some of these needs by organizing and packing goods for worldwide shipment. Immediately after our morning of service, we will have lunch and an opportunity to contemplate and evaluate the experience. Participants are invited to wear their favorite Duke gear!
Location: World Vision Distribution Center, 210 Overlook Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143
Partnering Group: World Vision

Portland, OR

When: Saturday, April 18 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Project: Duke Portland members are invited to a Spring Clean Up day to support Sitton Elementary School on April 18. Sitton is a Title 1, high need Portland Public School serving K-5 students in the St. Johns Community. The population is marvelously diverse including a large number of Spanish speaking families. All of the students receive free meals at school every day and 20% of students receive special education services.

Sitton's Principal is Dana Nerenberg '95. If you can't make this event, Dana is happy to discuss other volunteering opportunities, such as working with students and programs, and sharing professions and other resources.
Location: Sitton Elementary School, 9930 N. Smith Street, Portland, OR 97203
Partnering Group: Sitton Elementary School

Puget Sound, WA

When: Saturday, April 25 | 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Project: Join Seattle-area alumni for a fun and family-friendly project with this year’s partner – Redeeming Soles – in South Lake Union. Redeeming Soles is committed to providing proper footwear both directly to those in need and to organizations serving the homeless and underprivileged throughout the Puget Sound area.

We’ll be helping to sort, prep, and box shoes for distribution. Whether you plan on climbing their giant shoe pile or stay on the ground – dress in something that can get dirty, and preferably layers to account for changes in warehouse temperatures. Parents will be required to complete a waiver for volunteers under 18 upon arrival at the event.
Location: Redeeming Soles Warehouse, 1244 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Partnering Group: Redeeming Soles

San Diego, CA

When: Saturday, April 25 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Project: The Duke Club of San Diego will be hosting an outdoor picnic and "college knowledge" fair for the Barrio Logan College Institute 9th and 10th graders and their families. We ask you to bring along book donations (especially any college prep books!) to share with BLCI's students, families, and friends.

We'll kick off the event with some lunch, and then break into different tables to learn more about prepping for college, and the Duke experience! Volunteers will sponsor 5 different stations for BLCI's students and parents.
Location: 1625 Newton Avenue #200, San Diego, CA 92113
Partnering Group: Barrio Logan College Institute

San Francisco, CA Duke Alums Engage 2015San Francisco, CA

When: Saturday, May 2 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Project: Join us at Goodwill’s headquarters for volunteer and learning opportunities at this “100 year-old start-up.” Last year we had dozens of volunteers, including many teenagers and parents. This year promises to be just as great.

We will rotate among different volunteer stations, working in conjunction with Goodwill employees in different aspects of their operations. Last year, volunteers assisted in the retail store, with the donation team and in the sorting warehouse, among other activities, as part of our goal to create hands-on experiences for volunteers. SF Goodwill CEO Maureen Sedonaen and Marketing leader Tim Murray will also provide educational overviews regarding Goodwill’s efforts to break local cycles of poverty, provide job training and reduce landfill waste.
Location: Goodwill's Headquarters, 1500 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Partnering Group: Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin

Washington, DC

When: Sunday, May 3 | 1-4 p.m.
Project: Duke will be partnering with DC Greens for our Duke Alums Engage project this year. On Sunday, May 3 we will be working at the Walker-Jones Farm and Elementary School from 1-4 PM. Volunteers will have a variety of roles and all levels of gardening ability and ages are encouraged to attend (including children).

Sunday May 3 gardening duties will include: planting, weeding, mulching, turning the compost, fertilizing crops, and harvesting for the market stand.
Location: Walker Jones Elementary School, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Partnering Groups: DC Greens

West Palm Beach, FL Duke Alums Engage 2015West Palm Beach, FL

When: Saturday, April 25  |  9-11 a.m.
Project: Okeechobee Blvd. has become an impressive gateway to West Palm Beach. The Duke Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to maintain this prominent section of highway, from I-95 to Dixie Highway, as part of the State of Florida “Adopt-A-Highway” program.

We will meet in the lobby of the West Palm Beach Marriott at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd at 9am Saturday, the 25th of April. There’s plenty of free parking. We’ll have coffee and donuts and then head out to beautify our sponsored roadway. It’s relatively painless and a simple way to give back to our community. We’ll have extra drinking water and gloves but please bring your own if you can.

And remember – children are always welcome! This is a great way to introduce children to community service or simply get in those required community service hours for your teenagers.

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Location: Meet at the West Palm Beach Marriott Lobby | 1001 Okeechobee Blvd | West Palm Beach
Partnering Group: State of Florida Adopt-A-Highway

Winston-Salem, NC

When: Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Project: Alumni, family members and children are invited to join in Duke Alums Engage Winston-Salem with the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center. Volunteers will be providing essential and meaningful assistance with ground and facility maintenance in preparation for the Center's Spring Fling Horse. Read more about the Spring Fling Horse Show. Please bring work gloves and, though provided on site, rakes and hoes.

Our group will meet at the Carving Board in the Thruway Shopping Center, Winston-Salem at 9 a.m. and carpool to the Center. The project will wrap-up at 12:30 p.m. and we'll return to the Carving Board to have lunch.
Location: Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center, 6825 Rolling View Drive, Tobaccoville, NC 27050
Partnering Group: Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center