Nonprofits and Civic Groups

CenterFest features many of Durham’s finest nonprofit organizations, government services, and civic groups. Interested in participating in CenterFest? The 2019 applications for nonprofits, government services, and political groups are now open – visit the applications page for links. Updated participants will be posted summer 2019.

Our 2018 CenterFest participants!:

Government Services

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare promotes recovery and self-determination for citizens of Durham County. The booth will provide information on Mental Health.

City of Durham Department of Water Management

Water Management promotes smart and efficient water use. The Department’s booth will provide valuable water conservation and efficiency, water quality, and grease disposal information and promotional items.

City of Durham Stormwater Services & GIS Service

Learn about actions you can take to protect water quality. Hear about City of Durham projects to improve stream health.

Durham County Cooperative Extension

We connect residents to opportunities for lifelong learning through 4-H Youth Development, Gardening, Early Childhood Education, Community Outreach, and more.

Durham County Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services will bring awareness of the need for qualified foster homes for children in care.

Durham Parks and Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for residents to Play More. Participants will receive information about programs and activities.


GoDurham’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, convenient and accessible transportation for the citizens and visitors of the Triangle region. We will have information about GoDurham and GoTriangle routes and schedules and current projects.


AGAPE of North Carolina

AGAPE of NC is a state-licensed, Christian social service agency, providing foster care, adoption, & counseling services.

Animal Protection Society of Durham

A leader in building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach, and caring for animals in need since 1970.

Bhakti Yoga of NC (ISKCON)

Bhakti Yoga enhances inner peace, spirituality and compassion through Mantra Meditation. We will provide guided, simple/fun Mantra Meditation sessions.

Bike Durham

Bike Durham is a coalition working for bicycle-friendly change in Durham. Stop by, let’s talk Bull City biking!

Carolina Theatre

The Carolina Theatre is one of downtown’s most loved arts organizations; they have been operating the city-owned Carolina Theatre since 1994.

Click! Photography Festival

The Click! Photography Festival is a month long celebration of photography in the Triangle. Stop by to learn more!

Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (Project Baseline)

We are seeking 10,000 people to represent different ages, backgrounds, and medical histories on behalf of humanity over four years.

Durham Ballet Theatre

Durham Ballet Theatre focuses on providing training and public performance opportunities for dancers, singers and actors of all ages.

Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

The Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission promotes and encourages safe bicycling and walking in Durham.

Durham Community Chorale, Inc.

We work to preserve the choral music tradition by offering a wide variety of choral music through public performances. Stop by to learn more about what we do!

NAMI Durham

NAMI Durham provides education, support, and advocacy to individuals who live with mental illness, their families, and their loved ones.

NC Falun Dafa Association

Falun Dafa proudly introduces ShenYun Performing Arts, which presents classical Chinese dance and music to the public.

Newcomers of Greater Chapel Hill

Newcomers helps new residents make friends and explore the Triangle through events and field trips. Join us!

Preservation Durham & Heritage Alliance

We are partnering to promote and preserve Durham’s legacy of great architecture. Join us to learn about these architectural works of art.

Rotary Club of Durham

Visit their booth to learn about the mission of service in the four local Rotary groups: Durham Rotary Club, Durham Sunrise Rotary Club Rotary E-Club of District 7710, and Rotary Club of Southwest Durham.

Sister Cities of Durham

Promoting global understanding with partnership cities around the world (China, Japan, England, Tanzania and Russia). We link Durham with international cities for mutual understanding, cultural, educational exchanges. We will display international art and SCD information.

The River Church

The River Church is a unified family of believers called to build up the community for the Kingdom of God.

The Scrap Exchange

The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. Join us for Make-N-Take, an eco-friendly creative arts activity for all ages!

Walltown Children’s Theatre

WCT’s believes in the power of the arts and its ability to change lives.

Political Groups

Committee to Elect Josephine Kerr Davis

Committed to seeking the truth and justice, Josephine Kerr Davis has over 15 years of civil and criminal law experience.

Durham County Democratic Party

The Durham County Democratic will provide voter registration, registration information, political candidate campaign information, and election material.

Durham GOP

Educate the populace about the goals and values of the Durham GOP and provide information on candidates for upcoming elections.