Read about the different ways you can get involved! 

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] Thank you for supporting Participatory Budgeting Durham!

Join our Budget Ambassador team! (accepting applications on a rolling basis) 

Budget Ambassadors help ensure that the Budget department can reach residents where they are and provide them with information to make them aware of decisions made within the City. Our Budget Ambassadors will be active in various ways to bring awareness to the community around initiatives and projects through the Budget & Management department. Budget ambassadors will be active in attending various community events.

One of the most important initiatives they will assist with is Participatory Budgeting and be heavily involved in the idea-collection and voting phase of the PB process.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours a month

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Attending community events
  • Facilitating idea-collection sessions
  • Promoting PB through your networks and social media
  • Attending outreach check-in sessions during the idea-collection and voting phase
  • Distributing PB flyers, posters, and PB materials across the City of Durham
  • Setting up and/or volunteering for at least two idea collection events
  • Setting up and/or volunteering for at least three voting events
  • Recruiting volunteers to serve as Budget Delegates

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Interested in helping develop, review, and qualify grant proposals for a public vote? Would you like to get more involved in how the city uses taxpayer money? The following two opportunities (Budget facilitators & Budgets delegates) are essential to Participatory Budgeting. It is their job to take the ideas developed by community members during the Idea Collection phase and turn them into concrete proposals to put on the final ballot. You can serve as a budget delegate if you are over the age of 13.

Budget delegate and faciliatory positions are short-term and run between 1-2 months. Budget delegates and facilitators are also eligible to receive a stipend.

Budget Delegate (Role begins during the next PB Cycle)

Budget Delegates are volunteers who work in the fall to research, evaluate, and prioritize the project ideas submitted by community members from August - November. Budget Delegates ultimately develop the final project proposals for the annual PB vote in December. They do this through research, and community assessments, as well as through consultations with City staff regarding project feasibility and cost. Budget Delegates evaluate submitted ideas on three main criteria: equity, impact, and feasibility. 

Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Review and score grant applications.
  • Coordinate with City staff and applicants to solicit additional information, conduct interviews, complete reference checks.
  • Rank and prioritize applications for the ballot
Budget Facilitator (Role begins during the next PB Cycle)

Time Commitment: 6-8 hours a week

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate committee discussions
  • The first line of support for the delegates
  • Supports consensus building during meetings
  • Manages Google drive folders, permissions, and processes
  • Guaranteed stipend positions

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Data Entry Volunteer (Role begins during the next PB Cycle)

Hurray for data! Sometimes seemingly tedious tasks can have an immeasurable effect on the success of an organization, and this certainly rings true with data entry. Participatory budgeting Durham is looking for a reliable and detail-oriented volunteer to enter data during our PB voting phase.

Time Commitment: 4-5 hours a week

Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Keep track of received data and documents.
  • Input collected data into an electronic spreadsheet or designated database.
  • Ensure that all data is entered accurately.
  • Review all information entered and make corrections where necessary.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all data entered.

These volunteer opportunities are a great opportunity to become a community leader, develop team-building skills, get to know your neighbors, build your resume, and help make your city a better place.