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Looking to make a difference in your local community? It’s easy. Many different nonprofits offer volunteer opportunities in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn about some of our favorites below.

7 Local Durham Nonprofits Near You

The Beehive Collective

The Beehive Collective is an organization that focuses on raising money for community projects. Every member of the collective donates half of a percentage of their annual income to the cause, which gets pooled together to be awarded as grants to local nonprofits. In addition, they host fundraising events, which also goes toward their grants.

To get involved, learn about joining the collective, or make a donation here.

The ReCity Network

The ReCity Network is a nonprofit center located in Durham. It was created to build thriving communities in Durham. Every member of the network is working toward making a positive difference in the community, and the ReCity facility functions as a space for co-working, meetings, and community events.

You can help ReCity’s mission by becoming a member, donating, or attending one of their roundtables.


The foundation of SEEDS is their two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom, located in Durham. Here, the non-profit helps teach young people about growing, cooking, and sharing food. They achieve their mission by hosting summer camps, after-school programs, middle school internships, workshops, and other events.

Learn more about volunteering at SEEDS here.

Durham Literacy Center

The Durham Literacy Center is the leading independent adult literacy provider in Durham County. They offer a wide variety of classes to teach skills to adults, such as:

  • Reading and writing
  • English for immigrant adults
  • Preparation for high school equivalency tests, such as the GED
  • Basic computer skills

They also offer classes that provide GED and life skills to incarcerated youth at the Durham County Detention Center.

See how you can volunteer at the Durham Literacy Center here.


TROSA’s mission is to support people with substance abuse disorders in their recovery as they return to being productive members of society. They offer a multi-year residential program that provides comprehensive treatments, vocational training, education, and more.

Find out how you can volunteer at TROSA here. They also accept donations.

The Animal Protection Society of Durham

With the help from volunteers and donations, the Animal Protection Society of Durham is able to provide food, shelter, and medical attention to nearly 5,000 stray, surrendered, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals every year.

Learn about how you can volunteer at the animal shelter, foster an animal, or make a donation.

Help Solve Homelessness With CASA

At CASA, we’re dedicated to helping solve the issue of homelessness in the Triangle by creating more affordable housing. When you give your time by volunteering with CASA, you’ll be working to keep the housing costs low for our residents.

See how you can volunteer at our Durham non-profit and help solve homelessness in Durham, Raleigh, and the entire Triangle area. Contact us if you are interested.