Today, The Duke Endowment launches a new and ongoing series that spotlights everyday men and women who are making a difference in their communities. “Profiles of Service” will share behind-the-scenes stories and videos of nonprofit staff and volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and hearts to serve others and improve lives.
They include Pearl Johnson, kitchen manager for Ashe Outreach Ministry, who arrives before dawn to cook hot meals for 60 seniors and shut-ins in rural western North Carolina. “I don’t think I’d really be happy doing anything else,” she says.
Using high-tech tools, a new geriatric mobility clinic is helping seniors stay active.
In South Carolina, a statewide collaborative is working to ensure that children receive the best treatment if they’ve been abused or traumatized.
A series of winter workshops helped N.C. congregations find ways to connect local food to people in need.
At Davidson College, an innovative program is providing research and study opportunities for students.