As a community-based nonprofit organization, it is crucial that DCLT:

Durham CAN and DCLT staff and volunteers preparing for a community canvas

1) Have first-hand knowledge of what is going on in our target neighborhoods.

2) Have community input in our revitalization efforts.

3) Know the needs of the people.

4) Know how to obtain resources for the community, and

5) Know how to develop the people as leaders and advocates for improvements in the overall quality of their lives.

Burch Avenue Community Garden

DCLT owns the land on which the Burch Avenue Community Association grows a community garden.

Neighborhood residents lease the fourteen beds on a yearly basis by donation and plant during all seasons of the year.

Garden beds are available for lease starting mid-March on a first come, first serve basis.

If interested in more information, please get in touch with Rachel Tilley at Rachaelktilley@gmail.com.


Make A Difference Day

High school students from DPS’s City of Medicine Academy help dig a community garden for Make A Difference Day in 2015 with DCLT Property Manager, Karl Hammond (left) and Executive Director, Selina Mack (far right).

Recognized annually on the last Friday in October, Make A Difference Day is a national day of neighbors helping neighbors.

Community Engagement Committee Chair Sandy Demeree and her husband Michael are featured in the News & Observer

Sandy and Michael bought the building on North Street and turned it into a collective house for people with disabilities and their yard into a community garden. Jim Wise of the News & Observer wrote this piece on August 20, 2014.