The Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center

Special Volunteer Programs

The Center is dedicated to addressing community needs. These needs can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, thus calling for unique solutions. 

Keep reading to check out some of our special volunteer programs and the impact they’ve made on the community!

The Digital Navigator program is designed to bring senior adults to a high standard of digital literacy. This is an evidence-based 3-tiered digital education program, offering 1:1 and socially distanced pop-up internet cafes to conduct lessons in partnership with Duke University’s Help Desk and Durham Partnership for Seniors (DPS). High school and college students called Digital Navigators provide one-on-one training to adults 55 and over, guiding them through the use of essential online resources including email, social media, and video communication for telehealth and other services.

The Oral History program was originally created during the COVID-19 crisis as a collaboration between TNVLC and DPS. Through this project, high school students interview older adults in the community, giving them an opportunity to tell their stories/share their history. A finished “memory book”, including photos, is produced and given to the intervieweer.

Since the start of the pandemic TNVLC has been coordinating all the volunteers for Durham County’s Feeding Durham Initiative to ensure food distribution at county-wide food pantries. We do this by way of our online volunteer platform, HandsOn Triangle. To date, we have recruited 2,747 volunteers. 

The Feeding Durham Initiative connects with over 60 pantries, including but not limited to: 

  • Feed My Sheep 
  • Iglesia Presbitariana Emanuel 
  • Durham Food Pantry (Catholic Charities) 
  • Walltown Ministries 
  • St. John’s Ministries 
  • Hannah’s Kitchen @ Greater Orange Grove Baptist  
  • Root Causes 
  • Two fishes & 5 loaves 
  • Antioch Baptist Church 
  • Believers For Progress 
  • Bell Yeager Free Will Baptist 
  • CAARE 
  • Seed Time & Harvest Fellowship 
  • Southside Church of Christ 
  • St. Joseph AME Church 
  • Durham Spanish SDA Church 

 

The importance of neighborhood and local food pantries is undeniable. By connecting these pantries and their volunteers through our Feeding Durham Initiative we are able to source resources and ensure that efforts are not diminished by duplicating services.  

Want to get involved? Visit www.handsontriangle.org (Feeding Durham Together)