Have you heard of the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI)? It’s a little organization with a big goal– to have all children and youth in the EDCI zone successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career.
Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, EDCI helps children and families within a 120-block area of East Durham. EDCI serves the underserved, providing resources that help kids to stay in school and work towards a brighter future. EDCI does this by connecting with other organizations in our area and providing a pipeline, from cradle to high school, of programs available to kids and families who live within the EDCI zone.
To combat the “summer slide”, a byproduct of idle minds not being challenged when school is out of session, EDCI recently rolled out some new programs, including summer camps, Hunger-Free Summer lunches, Story Hours, Zumba, and more activities aimed at improving access to nutrition, literacy, and physical fitness.
Triangle Transit’s Communications and Public Affairs department chooses a volunteer opportunity each quarter. In the past we’ve worked with Habitat For Humanity, Paws for Cause Thrift Shop, and the Ronald McDonald house. Last Tuesday we served lunch at EDCI. We, along with another group of volunteers, dished out over 78 meals to kids and adults who came by during the lunch hour.
EDCI serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm until August 16.