Thank you for volunteering!

Our wonderful volunteers are one of the most important community resources we have for helping us serve children birth to 5 and their families.

Volunteering at the Partnership is a great way to be engaged in early childhood issues, to spend time with young children and families, to support important work being done in the Durham community, and to have fun!

We have ongoing volunteer opportunities as well as one-time events and other needs. Please contact Elaine Erteschik at elaine@dpfc.net for more information about upcoming opportunities.

Download the Volunteer Application

A background check may be required for some volunteer opportunities.

Reading to Young Children

The Partnership sponsors Readers as Leaders, a volunteer-based reading program whereby each volunteer is matched with a child care site in Durham County conveniently located near their home or office. Volunteers read to groups of young children at their designated site for 4 months (at a minimum of 2 hours per month) during the fall (August-November) and/or spring (March-June) session.

ATTENTION: the Readers as Leaders program is currently on hiatus. Please contact Elaine Erteschik to be added to an interest list.

Why is it important?

Early literacy is a crucial part of a child’s development. It enhances vocabulary, builds important communication skills, and gives them the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning on their own! It is one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, and it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory, and forms bonds between adults and children.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Kit Assembly

Throughout the year, volunteers are needed to help assemble various educational and  health supply kits for young children. The major ongoing need is to help build School Readiness Kits to support the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative.

Event Support

The Partnership holds various events throughout the year, often as part of our community initiatives. Volunteers are needed for event setup and cleanup, making name tags and checking in guests, tabling events, serving food and other tasks. Holiday event opportunities include picking up, sorting, labeling and/or delivering books during our annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, wrapping gifts and collecting donations at Barnes & Noble, and making ornaments and decorating the Partnership’s tree for the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge.

Professional Services

Support the Partnership by contributing professional services such as business consulting, writing and editing and graphic design, as well as general office support such as making copies, stuffing envelopes and preparing meeting packets.

Committee Membership

Volunteers can become a member of an advisory committee, attend regular meetings and participate in making decisions and supporting early childhood initiatives. Click here to read more about our committees. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Laura Benson, Executive Director, at laura@dpfc.net.

We are proud to partner with these organizations in our volunteer recruitment efforts:

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