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Social Justice

Social justice is a definitive focus of Wesley. We don’t see our involvement in these activities as simple volunteerism or an occasional act of charity.  Instead, we see this as a way of life defined by our graceful response to God’s grace.  God’s call takes us to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and after-school programs in the Durham area on a regular basis. It also takes us on Break Team trips to places as near as eastern North Carolina and as far away as Honduras, Haiti, or Armenia.

Our social justice team coordinates regular local mission opportunities for the entire group, offers contacts for individual service opportunities in the Durham community, and assists with planning our regular fall and spring break trips. If you’d like to get involved with the social justice team or have any sort of questions, please contact Caitlin Tutterow (caitlin.tutterow@duke.edu) or Christie McConnell (christine.mcconnell@duke.edu).  You can find a list of some ongoing social justice activities below, and if there is some additional area of involvement or organization that you are passionate or curious about, our community will prayerfully support (and maybe even join!) you in your endeavors.

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SEEDS

SEEDS is a non-profit community garden whose goal is to teach people to care for the earth, themselves and each other through a variety of garden-based programs. We tutor children who are in the SEEDlings after school program from 5-6 on weekdays (typically Monday and Tuesday). We basically just help them with their homework.

Contact: Nick Tippens nct10@duke.edu

Reality Ministries

Reality Ministries is an organization that provides a place for at-risk youth to find fellowship, support, and God’s love. Volunteers involved in the after-school program we can be present and active in the lives of these kids. This ranges from tutoring or preparing snack to just hanging out and playing soccer, basketball, ping pong, board games, etc. We normally go on Fridays from 4-6pm.

Contact: Katie Sourbeer kns14@duke.edu

Urban Ministries

Urban Ministries is a community outreach organization that among other things, helps to feed the homeless. We typically partner with Asbury United Methodist Church to help cook and serve breakfast.

Contact : asbury.umc@frontier.net

Student Contact: Ben DeMarco btd8@duke.edu

Samaritan Health Center

The Samaritan Health Center (SHC) is a free clinic for the uninsured in Durham community Urban Ministries is a community outreach organization. We take patient’s vital signs, help with administrative tasks like data entry or organizing or check in and check out the patients via EMR (electronic medical records). You would have to attend a training orientation first then you can sign up to volunteer at SHC (http://samaritanhealthcenter.org/volunteers).

Student Contact:  Caitlin Tutterow caitlin.tutterow@duke.edu

McKids

McKids is a Duke group who volunteers at Ronald McDonald House on central campus on Monday and Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm. On Thursdays, we play bingo with the people at the house. Mondays vary from week to week, but we typically either make a craft or bake cookies. Feel free to email Korrine for the link to sign-up online.

Student Contact: Korrine Terroso kec38@duke.edu

Local Nursing Homes

We visit a local nursing home, holding conversations with residents on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8. We usually watch a documentary with them and discuss it afterwards (or any topic they might prefer). We’re always looking to add people to the conversation! If enough people join we can do individual room visits for residents who want company but can’t readily leave their rooms. The staff is accommodating towards volunteers; and we can go on days other than Wednesday.

Student Contact: Natascha Uhlmann neu2@duke.edu

Duke Hospice

Duke Hospice is committed to providing end-of-life care for those for whom curative treatment is no longer beneficial. Through a holistic, team-based model, Duke Hospice provides support for the patient and family in this last phase of life. Volunteers provide support and companionship to patients usually on a weekly basis in either their homes, nursing facilities or Duke Hospice’s in-patient units. Interested volunteers should contact Carolyn Colsher (carolyn.colsher@duke.edu), Director of Volunteer Services at Duke Hospices. Prospective volunteers will have to undergo an 18 hour training, background check and final interview. See http://dhch.duhs.duke.edu/volunteering-0 for more information.

Contact: Kathleen Perry (Home) krp14@duke.edu or Canon Brodar (In-Patient) scb23@duke.edu.

Psychiatric Hospital

We volunteer at Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital once a week (on Mondays). If we are with an adult group, we get to sit in on their group therapy sessions (music therapy, pet therapy, brain games, etc.). If we volunteer with the kids or adolescents, we either tutor or play sports and games (like kickball) with them. If you contact Devin ahead of time, it may be possible to bring a whole group out for a couple hours on a weekend and play kickball and other games with the kids. It’s a ton of fun. If volunteers really enjoy it, they can sign up to go once a week on an individual basis.

Contact: Devin Jones dmj12@duke.edu

Others

Interfaith Hospitality Network provides intermediate housing for homeless families. Wesley normally volunteers with them once a quarter by acting as overnight hosts.

Habitat for Humanity is an organization focused on providing clean, safe and dry housing for all.

Pancakes for the People provides monthly breakfast for the downtown homeless.

Contact: Jennifer Copeland jec16@duke.edu


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