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Durham Nonprofits

Durham Nonprofits are a dedicated group of service organizations that offer volunteer opportunities that help strengthen our community.

The Durham Business Association (DBA) is an active, non-profit organization comprised of businesses and professionals working together to foster a “Good Neighbor” approach toward the local government, the residents and the students living and working in the Durham, NH area. The DBA, financed by annual dues and community donations, includes businesses from single-person operations to large corporations. DBA exists to promote its members and their services and to provide a voice for the interests of the area businesses.

Through partnership with the Town of Durham, NH and the University of New Hampshire (UNH), DBA encourages economic growth and well-being, tourism, civic pride and community awareness

Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. In the local area the Durham-Great Bay Rotary, who services Durham, Lee, Madbury and Newmarket, is dedicated to the goals of Rotary International; Building relationships, improving lives and creating a better world. We “think globally and act locally”. Our local focus areas are supporting education, promoting peace, fighting disease around the world and most importantly, building a sense of community in our own supported towns. 

The Freedom Cafe of Durham is a non-profit specialty café dedicated to ending human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of all people. The café provides a collaborative space that invites the local community to take ownership and action toward a slave-free world. Through presentations, discussion groups and community events, we seek to educate local citizens about the complexities of the issue and its root causes, the actions necessary for preventing it, and ways to support reputable organizations working to bring about a world where all people are free.

Friends in Action’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities. Friends in Action is about friendship, laughter, companionship, fun and community connections. Everything that we all want in our lives to make us happy.

The goal of Friends in Action is to have people who might otherwise be very isolated have real, meaningful friendships, places to go, things to do and people to meet. To have something and someone to look forward to.

Growing Places Early Education and Youth Recreation is a private, non-profit early care, education and recreation organization governed by a Board of Directors and licensed by the State of New Hampshire's Bureau of Child Care Standards and Licensing. Growing Places currently serves approximately 200 families in the seacoast area.


Our organization has programs for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years at three different sites located in Durham, Lee and Madbury.  We embrace learning through play and emphasize the process of exploration and discovery through rich, open-ended experiences each day including dramatic play, music and movement, reading, process oriented art and intentional time in our  outdoor classroom and playground.  


Our highly qualified teachers care deeply about early childhood education;  they see the unlimited potential in each child and recognize the opportunity and responsibility we have to help lay a strong foundation for each child’s future success.  

Soteria Solutions provides new approaches to prevent sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. We work with you to activate bystanders at all levels, to create lasting change and build a safe, respectful, and sustainable culture in your organization or school. 

We  foster collaborations with our partners that leverage individual and organizational strengths to build safe and respectful learning, working, and living communities via training, consultation, and implementation of proven prevention and response strategies.

9 Madbury Road, Suite 404,

Durham, NH, 03824,

United States


Our mission is to support and empower the individual and community by creating spaces for communion, service, and social justice. We do this by alleviating the impacts of material, emotional, and spiritual poverty through direct service, education, community building, fostering dialogue and by providing witness, sanctuary, and support. Our vision is to create engaged citizen leaders who will honor the complexities of the human spirit and work to create just and sustainable communities.

The Waysmeet Center is an open and inclusive campus ministry that is in service to the University of New Hampshire community and the world. We are a community which celebrates people of all races, belief systems, cultures, sexual orientations, ages, abilities and gender identities.

The Waysmeet Center host the Cornucopia Food Pantry.  It offers food on a weekly basis, and provides food baskets three times a year. The Cornucopia Food Pantry and Waysmeet Center also work with families and community members to link folks with transportation, gift, and support resources. We currently serve around 1,500 customers a year feeding over 6,000 people, not counting food baskets.

Oyster River Womenade
  • Oyster River Womenade has been helping friends and neighbors since 2006, providing short term assistance to people in crisis.


  • Oyster River Womenade serves men, women and children in the towns of Durham, Lee, Madbury, and Newmarket, and works with other area Womenade groups to coordinate support for for surrounding community families 


  • Our organization works within the local community to raise money through sponsored events and generous donations from businesses and individuals.

  • The unique appeal of Womenade is our ability to react quickly to the needs of the community. There is no national organization guiding our mission. It really is about using local resources to help local people. Our guiding principle is one neighbor helping another is what builds a stronger community


  • This "simple" idea has spread throughout the country as well as here in the Seacoast. Since 2006, Oyster River Womenade has raised almost $300,000 in aid for local families.

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