It brings me joy to do something even as little as providing a meal to someone, knowing that it’s making an impact.
— Tahmeko, StepUp Volunteer

Join the StepUp Durham Community

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Employment Readiness Workshop Volunteer

Job seekers begin their partnership with StepUp by completing a 28-hour Employment Readiness Workshop. These workshops run about every three weeks and serve as a space for job seekers to develop the skills required to obtain and maintain employment.

The following are volunteer roles you might consider:

Meal Provider - Prepare or purchase breakfast or lunch for a class of 10-12 employment seekers.

Data Entry Volunteer - Support StepUp staff in setting up new participant records in our Salesforce database.

Resume Editor - Support StepUp staff in editing participant resumes for spelling, grammar, formatting, etc.

Guest Employer or HR Professional - Help participants practice speaking about their employment gaps or criminal background by offering feedback and expertise.

Mock Interviewer - Ask job seekers mock interview questions and provide constructive, encouraging feedback.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator

Luke at Workshop

ENER-G / Step2 Volunteer

ENER-G reminds us of the five areas we focus on with our participants: Empowerment, Networking, Employment, Resources, and Growth. Step2 is a multi-phased curriculum in which working families set and accomplish their personal, financial, and professional goals.

The following are volunteer roles you might consider:

Co-partner – Walk alongside and support a StepUp participant as they set and accomplish their personal, professional, and financial goals.

Childcare & Homework Buddy - Supervise and provide homework assistance for children (ages 0-16).

Meal Provider - Provide a nutritious dinner to the 20 families participating in ENER-G and Step2.

Instructor - Teach or coach participants on a skill in which you have expertise (e.g. setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, leaning into personality strengths, credit repair, career development, etc.)

Mock Interviewer - Ask job seekers mock interview questions and provide constructive, encouraging feedback.

Guest Employer or HR Professional - Share your company's hiring needs or offer advice on interviewing, resume-writing, and networking.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator

Cary Cain II

Special Projects & Consulting Volunteer

Administrative Volunteer - If you're looking for a way to volunteer that is more "behind the scenes," consider answering phones, assembling workshop booklets, and supporting special mailings.

Event Planning Volunteer - Help plan special events for StepUp employers, volunteers, and friends throughout the year, including the annual Impact Luncheon.

Newsletter & Press Release Writer - Author short articles for our E-Newsletter, website, and media outlets.

Professional Development Trainer - We are always on the lookout for training that will develop and challenge our staff professionally and improve our service to participants.

Topics we are interested in exploring include racial equity, case management, effective workplace communication, crisis conversations, family systems theory, volunteer management, trauma awareness, self-care, leadership, community organizing, and general professional development.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator


Become a StepUp Volunteer.

Are you interested in giving the gift of time and talent as a StepUp Volunteer?