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Volunteer Opportunities

University Presbyterian Church through Local Outreach supports a number of worthy organizations with dollars throughout the year. Almost all of these organizations would love to have volunteers, as well. Please click here to view a list of organizations UPC has supported, along with contact information for you to peruse and explore.

Volunteering at one of these organizations can make a profound difference in someone else’s life, as well as your own.


Communion Preparation.  Would you like to help at church but don’t want a weekly commitment?  Can you stack and un-stack little cups?  The chancel Guild is looking for people to receive and re-set the communion trays following the traditional communion service at 11:00 a.m. on Communion Sundays.  No dishwashing skills are necessary; supplies are disposable.  Training is provided.  Contact Laura Piver or Lee Ann Buck.

Flower Committee.  Do you enjoy arranging flowers?  If so, the UPC Flower Committee invites you to join them.  They provide arrangements for worship on Sundays when none are given as memorial gifts or in honor of weddings, etc.  They also arrange the Christmas and Easter flowers that decorate the sanctuary, adding beauty at those special services. Call or text Lean Caison at (919) 636-1595 or email her at if you are interested.


Habitat for Humanity.  Be a part of the dream of home ownership.  Join a work crew this spring.  There are two shifts on Saturday — 8:30 to noon or 12:30 to 4:30.  There are also workdays on Wednesday and Friday.  Volunteers must be 16 and over, with restricted activities for those under 18 (no power tools, no climbing on the roof), but no formal construction experience is needed.  Carpooling is available.  Providing lunch for the crew is another great way to participate, by yourself or partnering with someone else.  Volunteers are also needed to sort and be cashiers at the Hand-Me-Up store, and to serve on committees.  Contact Brian Curran  [].  Visit for more information.

Hispanic Ministry.  If you have computer skills and some Spanish language fluency, please consider volunteering to teach basic computer classes to Hispanic adults in the computer lab at Northgate Presbyterian Church in Durham.  Contact Julio Ramirez-Eve [], Pastor.

Community Outreach Program Opportunities

Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC):  The IFC provides shelter, food, direct services, advocacy and information to people in need.

Meals on Wheels:  Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals and personal visits to seniors and disabled individuals; this improves health, reduces isolation and helps seniors and the disabled maintain their independent lifestyles.

Table:.  The mission of TABLE is to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to hungry elementary school children living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC.

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County:.  Habitat for Humanity of Orange County changes lives by bringing together God’s people and resources to help families in need build and own quality affordable homes in safe and supportive communities.

New Hope Camp and Conference Center:.  Provides a unique natural setting, a place apart for persons of all ages and faiths to grow in their relationship with God, themselves, and others in an environment of Christian hospitality.

Operation New Life:.  The program’s purpose is to help all children reach their full potential, to support and assist families in Chapel Hill and Carrboro spiritually, emotionally, and academically.

ARC of the Triangle:.  Provides advocacy and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Services include home respite care, adult group programs, group respite programs and employment support programs.

A Helping Hand:.  A Helping Hand provides services to older adults and younger adults who need assistance because of a temporary or permanent disability, accident or injury.

Diaper Bank:.  The Diaper Bank of North Carolina (DBNC) works to ensure that families in the Durham community receive adequate diapers in three ways: Partner organizations, diaper drives and drop-off locations, and emergency diaper kits.

YMCA:  The YMCA of the Triangle offers full-day and half-day summer camps with activities that include swimming, hiking, archery, sports, games, devotions and arts & crafts.

Orange County Rape Crisis Center:.  Trained staff and volunteers provide support for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

Book Harvest:.  Works with our community to collect new and gently used children’s books to provide a home library of books for all the Triangle’s children, regardless of income

Cornucopia House:.  Brings together people touched by cancer in a nurturing environment to share experiences, services, and information that foster well-being.

Freedom House.  Provides non-hospital medical detox, acute substance abuse stabilization, extended care and transitional living to promote recovery from the disease of dual diagnosis addiction (addiction plus a mental illness).  Call 942-2803 or visit

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC:.  The Food Bank serves a network of partner agencies to provide food for people at risk of hunger in Central and Eastern NC.

Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocacy:.  A comprehensive support program for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, they provide students with mentoring, tutoring, advocacy, enrichment, leadership training, and scholarship services.