Make a difference the Duke way

Duke Alums Engage

At Duke you learned to make your knowledge count – to see challenges in your community as opportunities to apply your insights. Our signature program, Duke Alums Engage, helps alumni fulfill their commitment to learn and serve. Inspired by the same values at the core of the DukeEngage undergraduate service-learning program, Duke Alums Engage helps alumni tap into the spirit of knowledge in service to society – to change your world in a uniquely Duke way.

Opportunities to Engage

Scroll down to see upcoming community service/volunteer events that are open for registration.

Explore an additional way to contribute through Sanford Serves organized by the Development and Alumni Relations Team at Sanford School of Public Policy.

Terry Sanford is one of North Carolina and Duke’s most influential, servant-minded figures, known for his outrageous ambition and belief in service learning. He dedicated his life to ethical leadership and public life, qualities that form the core of the Duke Sanford school’s mission. In honor of Duke’s Centennial and the Sanford School’s namesake, Duke alumni from all over the world are invited to join Duke Sanford through May 2024 in performing community service towards the goal of improving our world .  Our collective goal is to serve 100 hours, so whether you set aside 30 minutes or 3 hours, your time will help us reach our goal!

Learn more here.

Have questions? Reach out to Sanford’s Associate Director of Alumni Relations at



Register now for these events

2nd Annual Book Drive to Benefit Local Non-profit Turning the Page

Monday, April 01, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT to Sunday, April 21, 2024 | 05:00 PM EDT ,

Various locations around the Washington DC metro area

Pop-up Sale to Benefit Local Non-profit Turning the Page

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 08:00 AM EDT ,

Georgetown French Market
3217 P Street NW.
Washington, DC 20007

Earth Day at Sankofa Community Orchard

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM EDT ,

Sankofa Community Orchard
309 Covington Rd.
Richmond, VA 23225

Volunteer Day at SF-Marin Food Bank

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM PDT ,

SF-Marin Food Bank
2550 Kerner Boulevard
San Rafael, CA 94901

Pack-a-Box Session at the Orange County Food Bank

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 11:00 AM PDT ,

Orange County Food Bank
11870 Monarch Street
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Duke Alums Engage: Volunteer at Samaritan’s Feet

Saturday, May 04, 2024 | 09:00 AM EDT ,

Samaritan's Feet
4808 Chesapeake Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216

Bingo at The Virginia Home

Saturday, May 04, 2024 | 10:15 AM EDT ,

The Virginia Home
1101 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Triangle DBA: Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina - Warehouse Project

Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 09:00 AM EDT ,

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
2700 Angier Avenue, Suite A
Durham, NC 27703