We are DOC NC.
In the Triangle, there aren’t many organizations that allow younger students to volunteer, often seeing them as a liability, minimizing opportunities available for them to help their community. But luckily, DOC NC allows students of all ages to connect and learn from each other.
DOC NC is a nonprofit organization consisting of students of all ages and their parents working to “little by little, make a difference in people’s lives”. Each year, they choose a different nonprofit to raise money for, whether it be Duke Children’s Hospital, the Suhanee Foundation, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle. In the 2018-2019 school year, they even raised funds for the construction of a playground that is inclusive of children with special needs because “together we play better.” In the nine years since the group was founded, they have raised over $100,000 for people in need across the Triangle.
While DOC NC makes a huge difference in the lives of people in the Triangle, fundraising isn’t their main goal. The goal of DOC NC is to empower students and show them that any goal, no matter how big or small, can be accomplished as long as they give it their all. Students from kindergarten to twelfth grade are part of a team that is ambitious, passionate, driven, and focused. DOC NC provides these students the tools they need to learn how to make a difference and the steps they can take on their own to foster change.
DOC NC even provides leadership positions that students advance into overtime. Students volunteer at a young age and take on leadership roles during high school. They begin by simply leading individual events and are eventually elected as a committee lead, secretary, treasurer, vice president, or president. Even younger students show an unprecedented level of maturity. Students can learn early how to partner with businesses and run events. Members learn how to work collaboratively, stay organized, communicate effectively, find sponsors, plan events, and manage their time, skills that many of their peers may struggle with.
Being part of DOC NC does not require money, just time and motivation. You get out of it what you put in. Students that take initiative, improve and learn more about themselves. As Shreya Gundam, the Co-Vice President says, “If you take initiative, you can see the vast impacts of your actions and the difference it can make it other people’s lives.”