Empty Bowls is just around the corner

UMD’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is Thursday, March 5, at the Durham Convention Center. Now in its 14th year, this family-friendly event is quintessential Durham, attracting award-winning chefs, local artists and artisans, and 1,000 members of our community from all walks of life. Last year’s Empty Bowls was our most successful ever, and this year we’re working to top that by raising $140,000 or more. There are two ways you can help make that happen.

Be a sponsor

More than 70% of the money raised by Empty Bowls comes from sponsorships. Aligning yourself with UMD is a marvelous way to promote your organization’s brand and/or simply announce to the community how much you value our mission of helping neighbors in need. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve secured a number of commitments already, including The Forest at Duke as Presenting Sponsor again this year, but there are many slots still available.

Choose from six sponsorship levels, ranging from $350 for an Individual Sponsorship to $10,000 for an Area Sponsorship. All sponsors will be listed in the event program and receive complimentary tickets, with those at the Bronze level and higher earning additional perks. Please click here to learn more and then download an Individual or Small Business Sponsorship form or a “Metal” Sponsorship form.

Or purchase tickets

If a sponsorship isn’t to your taste, be sure to purchase tickets to Empty Bowls. You’ll get to sample delicious soups prepared by local chefs from some of Durham’s hottest restaurants, plus enjoy other culinary surprises. You’ll also have the option to purchase a hand-crafted bowl created by a local artist or artisan as a reminder of the evening and our efforts to address hunger, homelessness and poverty. Ticket sales are open now! You can make sure that you stay in the loop about Empty Bowls and other UMD news by requesting to join our enews list. Just email us at devel@umdurham.org if you're not a subscriber.

We look forward to seeing you at Empty Bowls 2020!


Join the UMD team

UMD is currently looking to add a clinical case manager to our team. Case managers work closely with shelter clients to help them successfully transition from UMD, including by developing individualized plans for securing permanent housing and a steady income, often through employment and/or enhancing skill sets. This position requires an MSW or other Master's degree in a related human service field, licensed at the Associate level or Full Licensure (LCSWA/LCSW, LPCA/LPC). For more information, including salary range and instructions for applying, please click here.


We ended homelessness for 248 people in FY 2018-19.

We welcome neighbors in need regardless of ethnicity, religious belief or non-belief, sexual orientation or gender identification, or disability. Our programs end homelessness by providing neighbors with emergency shelter and case management to help them overcome barriers such as unemployment, medical and mental health problems, past criminal convictions and addiction. We assist some 6,000 people each year who need food, shelter, clothing and/or supportive services through these main programs:

Community Shelter for men, women and families who need a safe emergency place to sleep. We offer case management to all shelter clients to help them create an individualized plan for obtaining permanent housing and sufficient income to remain independent. We have a robust workforce development program to help clients enhance their skills and secure gainful employment.

Community Café serves three meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to shelter guests and anyone in Durham who is hungry.

Food Pantry and Clothing Closet distribute groceries, clothing and hygiene products to approximately 500 households per month to help those with extremely limited means to make ends meet.


Join our leadership team

UMD is accepting applications for the position of Director of Finance. The ideal candidate will have at least three years' experience in a similar role, including responsibility for bookkeeping, administrative support and benefits administration. Expert knowledge of QuickBooks and Microsoft Office programs is required. Click here for a complete job description and instructions on how to apply. Applications will be accepted until January 3rd, 2020, or until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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Gifts that give twice.

Connect yourself and your friends with everyday things that enable food, shelter and a future for our clients. From teddy bears to tampons, bus passes to bed sheets, cans of vegetables to case managers, naming rights are available at namesforchange.org, the most interesting and meaningful gift they'll get this online slots guide year.

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