SwingPals

SwingPals’ mission is to build a foundation of health and strong character in children facing adversity. SwingPals uses golf as a medium through which students develop mindfulness and self-regulation skills, empowering them to pursue their passion and fulfill their potential to create positive change in their community.

The SwingPals’ program goals:

  • Impact the life-long health and wellness of our students
  • Develop in each student a deep sense of integrity and personal character
  • Ensure all our students are successful through high school and have an opportunity to enroll in college
  • Create change within and improve the school community so all students may benefit from SwingPals

SwingPals uses the following principles to guide our work:

  • Serve children who face economic and social adversity.
  • Promote and support mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Vulnerability is at the core of learning and growth.
  • Celebrate mistakes, not fix them.
  • Character and integrity endures.
  • Success derives from hard work, not talent.
  • Guide students on their journey, not ours.
  • Balance acceptance and change

SwingPals is built on the foundational principal that by developing a sense of safety and confidence in their abilities, students will be able to live healthier and happier lives. To facilitate this, our programming provides opportunities for students to improve their ability to emotionally self-regulate and build self-awareness through learning an entirely new sport. By experiencing first-class golf and mindfulness coaching, as well as community-focused service projects, students develop mentoring and leadership skills and connection to others, giving them the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and challenge their status quo.

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SwingPals currently serves four middle schools within the Durham Public Schools system: Githens; Lowe’s Grove; Neal; and Shepard. These schools have high percentages of minority students and students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches (averaging 75% – DPS Free & Reduced Statistics – State Report. School year 2017/18. Raw data. Durham, NC.). Additionally, these schools have markedly low percentages of students testing at or above grade level in reading and math.

Miracle League of the Triangle

In 2004, after watching a television program about the national Miracle League, local businessmen Robin Rose and Tony Withers were inspired to establish the Miracle League of the Triangle. The goal was simple–provide children with special needs the opportunity to play America’s favorite pastime. Their hope was to have 40 children and at least 100 volunteers for Opening Day.

On September 16, 2006, The Miracle League of the Triangle opened its first season at Andy’s Foundation Ball Field with more than 100 players and 200 volunteers from throughout the Triangle.

Less than eight years later, a second field was built in north Raleigh. Between the 2 locations we serve nearly 400 players with special needs each season on 30 teams. In the spring of 2015 we expanded our program by offering an Adult League age-group and a competitive camp. Approximately 4000 volunteer opportunities exist each year.

There are approximately 250 Miracle League organizations across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia, serving more than 200,000 children and adults with disabilities worldwide.

Our Vision
“Everyone deserves to experience joy and community through baseball.”

Our Mission
To create positive life experiences for children and adults with special needs and for their families through baseball.

Core Values
Everything we do should be player-centered and create an accepting, safe, and fun environment. All players with special needs, regardless of race, religion or economic ability, should have the opportunity to participate. Integrity will be practiced in all that we do.Development of people–board, staff, coaches and volunteers–is critical to our success. Collaboration with families and community is critical to our success.

Games are listed HOME vs. AWAY.

Meals on Wheels of Durham

Meals on Wheels of Durham delivers a nutritious meal, a safety check and a smile that serves as a lifeline to seniors of limited mobility. This combination goes well beyond fighting the battle against the hunger that threatens one in six of America’s seniors – it provides the support and peace of mind that enable them to remain safely and securely in their own homes as they continue to age. Enabling seniors to stay in their own homes means they remain happier, extend their independence and can stay connected to the communities and surroundings that provide them comfort. The powerful side effect of this result is that it means seniors can stay out of expensive nursing facilities and hospitals.

Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities and other eligible citizens in our community who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves.

Our Vision: To have the capacity to ensure that any member of our community who needs our services will receive them.

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South Durham Little League

South Durham Little League is a part of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, a non-profit organization with the mission to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.” Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being.

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Housing for New Hope

At Housing for New Hope we are opening doors to security, sustainability and empowerment by helping those who are experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk of homelessness to:

  • end their housing crisis
  • ​overcome obstacles that stand in the way of stable housing
  • experience the freedom and dignity of a place to call home

For too many people stuck in the cycle of poverty and experiencing homelessness, an open door may be simply a figure of speech.

At Housing for New Hope, we open doors in both a figurative and literal way in people’s lives. Through comprehensive and compassionate services, we support our clients – individuals and families – toward finding their own brighter tomorrow. Housing for New Hope aims to end homelessness in the city of Durham one valuable person at a time by empowering and assisting our clients in finding and maintaining housing – a front door to call their own.

Games are listed HOME vs. AWAY.

Vets to Vets United

Vets To Vets United, Inc. (Veterinarians to Veterans United) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to unite veterans and dogs for a common goal: improving and saving lives. By pairing veterans with dogs, we seek to:

  • Significantly improve a veteran’s life by providing companionship and/or help with a mental or physical disability.
  • Save the life of a dog facing euthanization by adopting the animal from a local animal shelter.

The benefits of companion, therapeutic, and service dogs for veterans suffering from depression,  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other disabling conditions is well known. This type of human/animal bond:

  • Creates a life-long, loving relationship between two souls.
  • Provides therapeutic interventions that can improve the veterans mental and physical health.
  • Promotes a healthier more productive community by increasing independence for men and women veterans with disabling medical and physical conditions.

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Crayons2Calculators

Crayons2Calculators supports Durham teachers by providing the supplies they need for classroom success. Teachers must often buy school supplies for their students and classrooms. At C2C, teachers shop for supplies they need free of charge. They believe that when you support our teachers, you support our kids.

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Girls on the Run of the Triangle

Girls on the Run of the Triangle is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, established in 2000 to serve Wake, Durham and Orange Counties. Since inception, we’ve served more than 12,000 girls all across the Triangle. The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but in the words of the girls who participate. “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “As a Girl on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!” Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to continue creating programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity, and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.

Games are listed HOME vs. AWAY.