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Established in 2011, PORCH-Durham’s mission is to provide supplemental food to children and families facing hunger in Durham County.

Our nonperishable food collections support a number of hunger programs, including pantries in Durham Public Schools and community pantries across our community.


In 2021 alone, PORCH-Durham distributed over 125,000 pounds of food and $93,500 worth of grocery gift cards into the local Durham community.

Following us on Facebook and signing up for our newsletter are the best two ways to keep up with PORCH-Durham’s updates and happenings. 

You can also connect with us on instagram (@porchdurham) and twitter (@PORCHDurham).



Forty years ago, the world looked remarkably different for LGBTQ people. Our community was on the brink of the AIDS crisis -- an epidemic that would wipe out a generation of leaders, creators, thinkers and innovators, many of them in the prime of their lives. Rights and protections for LGBTQ folks were nonexistent. People of color had barely achieved equal legal recognition under the eyes of the law.

In 1979, seven individuals with varying backgrounds came together to form the North Carolina Human Rights Fund with the goal of creating a more just and equitable world for folks facing threats to life and safety from their government and communities. The organization’s primary focus was to offer legal services to LGBTQ folks being prosecuted under the Crimes Against Nature Law.

It was a remarkably bold and brave move and today’s world looks radically different for many members of the LGBTQ community, at least in part due to the work of these seven founders. The group also worked to foster local organizations across the state, and help fund the first NC Pride marches. In the late eighties, the focus shifted to providing education on lesbian and gay issues. The North Carolina Human Rights Fund went on to become today what we call Equality NC Foundation.

Separately, in 1990 a group of folks founded the NC Pride PAC in the wake of LGBTQ mobilization surrounding the 1990 Jesse Helms-Harvey Gantt Race for U.S. Senate. This Political Action Committee sought to use that energy to affect change at the state level. Since then, the group has been active in state legislative races and other races of statewide importance.

In 2002, the Board agreed that it was time to form a parent organization to link the PAC and the Foundation, and to manage the group's growing lobbying and advocacy work. This organization is Equality North Carolina as you know it today, and we couldn’t be prouder of the work of countless activists, organizers and community leaders over the years who brought this incarnation of ENC into fruition.

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RunningWorks is a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides wellness initiatives, life skill development, social support, and case management to promote healthy lifestyle habits. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
"NCCJ (North Carolina for Community and Justice) is a human relations organization. We work to build more compassionate, inclusive and equitable communities free of bias, bigotry and racism. We are best known for Anytown, a youth leadership summer camp, and our annual Citation Award Dinner. We work with people of all ages and organizations of all types. We also offer community programs that are free and open to everyone. NCCJ can help you approach difficult topics from a place of curiosity and practice communicating more effectively and respectfully."
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Building Hope is a faith-based non-profit youth and family development organization founded in 2001 with a desire to serve the children and families of our community. Building Hope has served over 1,500 youth and their families by providing academic support, spiritual formation, character and leadership development, service opportunities, summer programs, and parent engagement.

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