Urban Ministries of Durham connects with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need.
UMD welcomes all neighbors regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or non-faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
A hurricane might be rolling in, but the Carolina Hurricanes are rolling out the red carpet to help local non-profits. And we couldn’t be more proud that they picked UMD to represent Durham! We’re one of 2 agencies selected as beneficiaries of a charity toiletry drive. From September 27th to October 4th the Canes are asking fans to drop off hygiene supplies at the VIP entrance of PNC Arena during normal business hours. And if you have gameday tickets for Saturday and Monday, collections bins will be placed at all entrances. So if you’re in the #Raleigh area or you’re a Canes fan, this is a great way to get involved. Learn more here: https://www.nhl.com/hurricanes/community/charity-drives #GoCanes
With a hurricane on the weather radar, it's important to think about disaster preparedness plans. Last week we were honored to have the Director of DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Marcus Coleman, and some of his team members from FEMA tour our facility. It was a wonderful opportunity for his team to learn about the on-the-ground needs of emergency shelters and how UMD uses diverse partnerships to help our neighbors in need. UMD learned some key insights on how to better connect to federal resources that could help us if a crisis were to arise. We love building connections!
It’s a small price tag. $15.76. What can that buy? Well, a lot. That’s the cost to house every homeless person in Durham for a year. You might be scratching your head, but it’s true. Our friends at McKinney helped us do the math. If every person in Durham gave just $15.76, there would be enough money to house everyone. We’re building a movement, and we need YOU! It’s called Let’s House Durham. Buy a brick for $15.76, and then challenge the people around you to do the same. To represent everyone in Durham, some of us will need to pay it forward and cover the costs of our neighbors. And some of you already have! Many of our former Empty Bowls sponsors and UMD supporters have already created a strong foundation for this campaign. Leading the way, we have The Forest at Duke Continuing Care Retirement Community , RTI International , Bart D. Ehrman Foundation, Olive & Olive, P.A., and Elms Lane Realty Group. Add your brick for $15.76 today by going to http://letshousedurham.org/. Then, spread the word! We're all in this together!
It’s coming…AGAIN! And this time, you’re in the driver’s seat! On Tuesday, September 20th, we’re going to reveal our Empty Bowls replacement fundraiser on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook couldn’t fix our tech problem that would allow this “big reveal” to be shared with a wider audience—so we need YOU! When you see our announcement on Tuesday, please share it widely on your social media feeds! You can help us close the gap in getting the message out. We’re counting on you—and so are our neighbors in need!
Summer is fading fast, but rays of light still shine bright. It’s not just the sun--it’s our fantastic community! Tomorrow, UMD board member Tarkisha Poole and some of her coworkers from Coastal Credit Union are dropping off 100 bags of non-perishable food that their staff collected over the summer. Their employees are not back to volunteering in-person yet, so they challenged each other to shop for a neighbor in need instead. Such a large donation of groceries will go a long way to re-stock our Food Pantry and Clothing, which provides essential goods to nearly 125 households each Tuesday morning. But to make that happen—someone has to weigh, sort, and store that donation. Weighing donations is key to calculating the cost of in-kind gifts for UMD’s financial accountability. So, it’s an important job. We are lucky to have 16 friends from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin coming in to help as part of their Day of Service! They will spend a few hours hard at work at UMD, making sure the food is ready to go out quickly to the people who need it most.
Special Delivery! The Carolina Arbors community dropped off 249 pairs of underwear for their neighbors in need at UMD! These sweet friends of ours hold an underwear drive twice a year and then celebrate with something sweet: an ice cream party! But do you know who else is celebrating? The residents at UMD. Our staff works really hard to keep our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet stocked with underwear. It's a basic need for hygiene and dignity. Want to lead a drive? Find out more here: https://umdurham.org/volunteer/#section-1345-138.
Every few months, our friends from Old Navy give us a call to schedule special volunteer activities for their staff. As you can see, they have a great time sorting clothing and working on one-time project needs. These "small" jobs make a big impact at UMD. Serving 6,000 people each year means it's all hands on board! Want to lend a hand? Find out more about volunteering on our webpage: https://umdurham.org/