Student Service Organizations

Student service organizations are categorized by Health, Youth, Sports, Hunger & Homelessness, and Miscellaneous. Note that the list below is not exhaustive. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact us at partnershipforservice@duke.edu.

HEALTH

  • Project HEAL

The mission of Project HEAL is to implement research and service projects in Latinx communities with the aim of reducing global health disparities through education and empowerment. We value sustainable development and preventative measures to improve community health. 

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/projecthealduke/

  • Blue Devils vs. Cancer 

We are a service organization affiliated with Duke Cancer Institute aiming to raise awareness for different cancers, fundraise for Duke Cancer Institute, and build a community within the Duke population of students with a similar goal of fighting cancer!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bdvsc

Instagram: @bluedevilsvscancer

  • Adopt a Grandparent

Adopt a Grandparent is committed to providing senior citizens with social and emotional support and fostering the formation of positive relationships between Duke students and the local senior citizen community. We currently volunteer virtually with the DNRC every Saturday! 

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/dukeaag/

  • Harmonies for Health 

Harmonies for Health is an organization dedicated to bringing empathy and kindness to the local healthcare community through music therapy at the Ronald McDonald House and the Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to play live music for residents of the DNRC via Zoom on Saturdays from 2-3 pm EST. We are also open to video submissions if you are unable to volunteer live. For more information, you can contact harmoniesforhealth@gmail.com.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/harmoniesforhealth

  • Duke eNable

eNable is an organization of Duke students that strive to build prosthetics and adaptive devices for limb-different recipients in the Durham area and beyond! All of our devices are customized and designed specifically to suit the recipients and their lifestyles.

Website: https://dukeenable.wordpress.com/

  • Pancakes for Parkinson’s

Pancakes For Parkinson’s is a service organization with a goal to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support Parkinson’s research. We do this by holding multiple events each year that involve pancakes, puppies, and more to raise money for a fantastic cause.

Instagram: @p4p_duke

Facebook: https://fb.me/dukepancakesforparkinsons 

  • Duke DevilThon

Duke DevilThon is Duke’s chapter of Dance Marathon! We fundraise year-round for our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, culminating in a multiple hour dance marathon where we stand and dance for all the kids that can’t. Everything we do is FTK!

Instagram: @devilthon

  • Be The Match

We hold fundraisers, bone marrow donor registry drives, and other events to help those suffering from deadly blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma to receive life-saving transplants.

Duke Groups: https://dukegroups.com/btmoc/home/

  • Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health

Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health (PASH) is Duke University’s peer-run Sexual Health Resource Center. We are a group of students passionate about improving sexual health at Duke. Our goal is to do this by empowering our peers with knowledge they need to engage in healthy sexual interactions and encouraging non-judgmental discourse on a variety of sexual health topics such as STI prevention, birth control, sexual pleasure and sexual relationships.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukePASH/

  • Progress Period

Progress PERIOD is a student organization dedicated to destigmatizing menstruation and raising money to supply menstrual hygiene products to those in need.

Instagram: @progressperiodduke

  • GlobeMed at Duke

GlobeMed aims to mobilize a community of students and grassroots leaders to work together to improve the health of people around the world. Today, more than 1,000 students across 36 university-based chapters use the GlobeMed model sustain one-to-one, long-term partnerships with grassroots organizations in communities across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Through these partnerships, we are building a global network of human connection and impact.

Website: https://globemedatduke.wixsite.com/home  

  • Leaders UNITE

Leaders UNITE is a leadership organization that volunteers with elementary, middle, and high school students all across North Carolina. We conduct hands-on leadership activities, discussions, service-projects, leadership conferences, and other events that give students the opportunity to practice leadership and teamwork in a fun way. In Leaders UNITE, we believe that anyone can be a leader and that everyone can use their own unique strengths to become leaders in the classroom and in their community!

Website: www.leadersuniteclub.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leadersuniteclub/ 

  • Healthy Hands Initiative 

The Healthy Hands Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeking to provide sustainable clean water solutions to underserved families and students in order to reduce the rates of prevalent, preventable diseases and work towards promoting social welfare and healthcare in our targeted areas. The Healthy Hands Initiative solution is centered around installing Afridev handpumps across several Bokaro district villages and monitoring their maintenance over a five-to-ten-year period with the help of our community partner, Jan Chetna Manch Bokaro. Healthy Hands Initiative aims not only to bring the cost-efficient, community-specific, and sustainable clean water solutions to underserved villages, but also to create benchmark models on which our nonprofit and other local community programs can build.

Website: https://hhinitiative.org/

Instagram: @hhinitiative

  • Duke Remote Area Medical

Duke Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a student organization partnered with a national nonprofit that hosts weekend-long pop up clinics around the country to provide free medical, dental, and vision care for underserved communities. We travel to volunteer at these clinics, engage in multidimensional research and advocacy efforts, and are planning a pop-up clinic with the national organization in North Carolina for the spring of 2022.

Website: dukeram.org

  • Duke Global Medical Brigade

Duke Global Medical Brigades highlights the importance of sustainable global engagement and volunteering through a medical context. We embark on brigades across the world where members witness how cultural and global differences shape healthcare. Through this firsthand experience, members gain an understanding of sustainable medical work and how communities can be empowered to grow for themselves.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukegmb

YOUTH

  • FEMMES+

FEMMES+ is an educational outreach organization that aims to empower young students with underrepresented identities to become involved in STEM fields through a variety of programs and events open to elementary, middle, and high school students in Durham and surrounding areas. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/femmesatduke

Instagram/Twitter: @femmesatduke

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/femmes/

  • Duke Innoworks

Innoworks is a free, week-long STEM camp for local Durham students who will be in 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall. We are run by Duke undergraduate students in Pratt and Trinity who organize, teach, and mentor campers. Our goal is to present STEM in a fun and engaging way that goes beyond the classroom and looks at real-world experiences!

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/innoworks/home/

  • Bull City Scholars

The mission of Bull City Scholars is to create a sustainable mentorship and tutoring program focused on college access for Durham middle school students. In order to support an informed model of service, students may participate in an optional, introductory house course investigating education inequality and pedagogy.

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/bullcityscholars/

  • Big Brother Big Sisters

BBBS is a national non-profit organization whose goal is to provide mentorship and tutoring through one-on-one relationships between volunteers and students ages 5 and up facing adversity in low resource areas. Our Duke chapter collaborates with BBBS of the Triangle, which encompasses the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

  • Duke Jewels Inc. 

The purpose of Jewels, Inc. is to empower young urban girls, called Junior Jewels and TenderSTONES, as future leaders through education, training, and social activism. We are an organization dedicated to changing the negative connotation associated with being an “urban girl” in today’s society. We strive to make a difference in the lives of young girls and assist them in becoming successful with the path they choose upon graduating high school. Jewels, Inc. strongly believes in giving back to the community and has been doing so through mentorship of elementary, middle and high school girls in Washington, DC, and throughout the nation. The organization continues its initiatives to reach out to young girls everywhere. As members of Jewels, Inc., we strive to be mentors who are role models, leaders, and positive agents of change for our mentees.

We achieve these goals by prioritizing providing venues where young urban girls can acquire understanding of the technical and social skills necessary to assume leadership roles through actual practice. Hosting collaborative events between Jewels, Inc. and our TenderStones and Junior Jewels will instill responsibility for producing community-based events centered around entertainment, education and health awareness.

Instagram: @dukejewelsinc

  • Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem supports children through and beyond a parent’s cancer through year round support services and a free sleep away summer camp.

Website: https://dukepr.wixsite.com/ckduke

  • Audacity Labs

Audacity Labs is a startup incubator and co-working space for teens with the mission of democratizing entrepreneurship. Our curriculum and amenities empower local 9th-12th grade students with the tools and resources to effectively develop a start-up commercial or social enterprise. The program will enable participants to zoom in on a specific issue or customer need, prototype ideas to address that need, develop a new product or service, and eventually lead to a sustained enterprise. In doing so, students will develop key 21st century skills associated with the start-up process, including problem-solving, creativity, confident communications, computational thinking, and collaboration. To support them in this endeavor, members are empowered by workshops, mentors, virtual reality excursions, academic support, and counseling.

Website: https://www.audacitylabs.org/

  • The Girls’ Club

The Girls’ Club is a mentorship and community program at the Emily K Center that matches femme/ female-identifying Duke students to local middle school girls for educational support and socioemotional learning. We hold weekly sessions to discuss topics of particular importance to young girls, as well as middle school students generally. These topics range from female empowerment and leadership to mental health and stress management to informed and active citizenship.

  • Duke China Care

Duke China Care strives to help Chinese adoptees and orphans on a local and national level. 

We will be hosting mentorship programs, penpals, and sending out bi-weekly DIY crafts, food recipes, and movie/show recommendations for adoptees and their parents to do at home. These events focus on teaching children about their cultural heritage through activities like arts and crafts, food, and connecting with other Asian American students. Every year we also hold an Annual Banquet to fundraise for the OneSky Foundation to help provide medical treatment for orphans in Beijing.

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/chinacare/

  • Duke Health and STEM Connect

DHSC’s mission is to provide STEM exposure to students in Durham Public Schools with the hopes of inspiring students to further explore their interests in STEM. Duke students in DHSC design interactive, engaging lessons and related experiments, and teach them to DPS students (in person in non-covid times).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DHSC21

  • Duke Association of Debate Coaches

The Duke Association of Debate coaches provides Duke students with the opportunity to volunteer with the Triangle Debate League – a Durham-based nonprofit dedicated to providing a completely free and fully accessible debate league for high school students in the Triangle Area of NC. 

Website: https://triangledebate.com/

  • CHANCE Tutoring

CHANCE tutoring offers free academic support to local Durham students. We hold drop-in tutoring hours, which are 7-9pm on Tuesdays, and encourage students to bring their homework, study materials, or simply concepts they may need help with. We also provide ACT/SAT prep.

SPORTS 

  • Special Olympics College

We host Special Olympics programming for Duke students and local SO athletes.

  • Athlete Ally

Our mission is to create visibility, inclusivity and awareness surrounding the LGBTQ+ community in sport and champion equality for all individuals.

Instagram: @dukeathleteally

HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS

  • Duke From Houses to Homes

From Houses to Homes is a nonprofit organization that fights poverty in Guatemala through sustainable housing, education, and healthcare. As the Duke branch, we wish to expand the horizons of the Blue Devil community concerning Guatemalan culture, language and tradition, through campus events, travel, and volunteerism. Another major component will be our annual trip to Guatemala, where students from our club will directly serve From Houses to Homes in Antigua by physically building homes, volunteering in the medical clinic, and tutoring children at Kemna’oj school.

Instagram: @dukefhth

  • Duke Simple Charity

We are a movement of Christian students that helps our global neighbors overcome poverty by fundraising for trustworthy charities, advocating for restorative justice, and building Kingdom-minded community.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplecharityduke

Website: https://simplecharity.org

  • Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger is a nationally recognized organization in which students bake and sell challah to raise money for charities that fight hunger. We bake Challah once a month on Thursdays and sell it on Friday mornings on the BC Plaza.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukechallah4hunger

  • Duke Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/dukehfh/

  • Community Empowerment Fund

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a non-profit organization in Durham and Orange Counties of North Carolina. CEF’s mission is to cultivate opportunities, assets, and communities that sustain transitions out of homelessness and poverty.

Founded in 2009, CEF provides person-centered support, financial education, and asset building tools to individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Website: https://communityempowermentfund.org/

Instagram: @communityef

  • Hearts for the Homeless Durham

We provide blood pressure screenings free of charge to Durham’s homeless, and connect them to local health resources!

Website: http://h4hinternational.org/

MISCELLANEOUS 

  • Duke PAWS

Duke PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare through Service) is a Duke student community service group organized to raise awareness on campus and in the community about the companion animal (cats, dogs, gerbils, etc.) population in Durham and educate the public on the importance of proper animal care. We organize volunteer trips to the Orange County Animal Shelter where students can help care for dogs, cats, and other animals.

Instagram: @paws_duke

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukepaws

  • Rotaract Club of Duke University

Duke Rotaract is a service and professional development organization affiliated with Rotary International, a global network of over 1.2 million business and community leaders in virtually every country and territory on the planet. The mission of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RotaractofDuke

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/dukerotaract/

  • Coalition for Preserving Memory

CPM is dedicated to memorializing genocide victims from the 20th and 21st centuries in a way that will be relevant and meaningful to future generations. Our small team of students works to plan on campus events such as film screenings, speakers, and our annual 24-hour name reading ceremony in order to foster conversation and remembrance.

“Remembering humanity at its worst to inspire it at its best.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukecpm/

Website: www.coalitionforpreservingmemory.com

  • Duke NAACP

Focusing on healthcare, education, and political action, Duke’s NAACP chapter aims to establish the foundation for lifelong involvement in social justice and engage with social justice work at Duke and in Durham. 

Instagram/Twitter: @dukenaacp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukeNAACPchapter

  • Alpha Phi Omega 

We are the Lambda Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the only co-ed community service fraternity at Duke University. Founded in 1955, our chapter takes pride in its service to humanity, as well as the bonds within its diverse membership. We are engineers, pre-meds, humanities majors, athletes, artists, dancers, environmentalists, and activists. In spite of our differences, we are a family that serves together. We do everything from tutoring Durham high school students to tending crops at the Duke Campus Farm to taking care of tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue! We welcome new brothers at the beginning of every semester.

Instagram: @dukeapo

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/dukeapo

  • Duke Conservation Society

The Duke Conservation Society is a professional student group focusing on contemporary conservation issues and solutions. We cover a variety of fields and explore multiple forms of conservation including wildlife, land trusts, market-based, community-based, and policy-based among others. Our vision is to provide a resource for students and future conservationists in finding solutions to our natural world’s most pressing problems.

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/conservationsociety/

  • Project Tadpole

Project Tadpole is an engineering service club striving to increase the accessibility of toys for children with disabilities. We work on projects to repair broken toys, modify commercially available toys to be more adaptive, design tools and toy parts, and host community workshops on making toys more accessible.

Website: https://dukegroups.com/tadpole/home/

  • Inside Education

Inside Education is an organization that allows Duke students interested to education to come together to meet others with similar interests and have conversations about a variety of different issues pertaining to education. We also do service projects and host social events.

Facebook: Duke Inside Education

  • Wingman’s Society

Group for Air Force ROTC members to have fun together and serve the Duke and NCCU communities.