Events in Durham and Beaufort Set for Nicholas School Volunteer Day, Sept. 19

September 10, 2009

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM N.C. – The third annual Nicholas School Volunteer Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 19.

The event gives students, faculty and staff on Duke’s main campus a chance to give back to the community by helping out at Durham-area nonprofit organizations, farms and community gardens.

Nicholas School faculty, staff and students in Beaufort can take part in a beach clean-up at Hammocks Beach State Park.

Volunteers must sign up by Monday, Sept. 12, by registering at

Durham-area volunteer projects generally will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Transportation will be provided for those who don’t have a car.

This year’s Durham-area Volunteer Day partners are: Coon Rock Farm, Honey Patch Community Garden, The Scrap Exchange, Seeds, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Crayons 2 Calculators, Woodcrest Heritage Farm, Duke Communiy Garden, Dress for Success, Fern Hill Farm and Natural Environmental and Ecological Management.

Faculty, staff and second-year CEM students at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C., can volunteer for a beach clean-up at Hammocks Beach State Park.

The clean-up, which is being organized by the Duke Student Chapter of the Coastal Society in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to collecting trash from the state park’s three islands, volunteers will log data on the volume and type of litter they find to help raise awareness about global marine debris.

Pre-registration is required due to limited ferry boat seating. To sign up or for more information, contact Carmen Yeung at or go online to the Volunteer Day survey site (listed above).

Volunteers for the beach clean-up should wear close-toed shoes and comfortable work clothes that may get wet and/or dirty. Sunscreen, bug spray, gloves, and trash bags will be provided, along with a light lunch and drinks.