- Animals: Hope Animal Rescue, committed to improving the lives of abandoned animals in North Carolina.
- Animals: Animal Protection Society of Durham, feeds, shelters, and provides medical attention to neglected animals.
- Domestic Violence: NCCDAV, leads the state’s movement to end domestic violence and to enhance work with survivors.
- Environment: Don’t Waste Durham, creates solutions that prevent trash at its source.
- Food: PORCH-Durham, provides food to those children most in need.
- Firefighters: North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Foundation, leads the effort to remember North Carolina’s fallen firefighters and their families.
- Healthcare: Josh’s Hope, serves ages 18-35 who live with mental health conditions and/or struggle with a substance disorder.
- Homelessness: Urban Ministries of Durham, works to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter, and a future to neighbors in need.
- Housing: Families Moving Forward, provides families with children a stable, safe and loving environment.
- Housing: Housing for New Hope, mission to prevent and end homelessness.
- Music: Kidznotes, pre-K through 12th grade out-of-school musical program.
- Poverty: CPCANC, assists low-income families and individuals, including the working poor.
- Senior Citizens: Meals on Wheels of Durham, enhances the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities.
- Special Needs: Miracle League of the Triangle, positive experiences for children and adults with special needs.
- Teachers: Crayons2Calculators, provides Durham teachers with the supplies they need for classroom success.
- Trees: TreesDurham, creates a socially just, healthy and sustainable tree canopy in Durham.
- Veterans: Vets to Vets United, significantly improve a veteran’s life by providing companionship.
- Youth: South Durham Little League, provides baseball for children between the ages of 4 and 14.
- Youth: Girls on the Run of the Triangle, positively impacts young girls’ lives.
- Youth: SwingPals, builds a foundation of health and strong character in children facing adversity.
During the season, each adult, co-ed, rec, slow-pitch softball team will be competing to win donations for their Sponsor Organization. The amount each Sponsor earns during the season is determined based on team’s results during the season. Basically, if your team wins a game, places in the Top 3 during the regular season, or does well in the playoffs, then your charity will receive a larger donation from Durham Softball at the end of the season.
The total amounts vary each season based on registrations, but we averaged over $250 in donations per team, per season in 2023 and hope to beat that number this year!
You do not need to have any type of previous affiliation with any of these organizations in order to play for their team. You can choose the play for any team you’d like, for any reason. We hope you’ll learn a little about each sponsor’s mission and find a cause that you fully support so you are excited about helping them out every week on the ball field.
The best stories are people who found out about these charities through this league, got inspired, and become heavily involved in helping one of these causes in some way. I hope to hear more of these stories soon!