Get Involved

How you can be involved in building community through history:


Donate. Support the Center with your financial contributions and/or the gift of your archival materials.

Volunteer. Join the Food Ministry team. Help us make our archives accessible on-site and online. Become a distribution partner for Northside News. Partipate in developing local events.

Tell us. No one can tell your story the way you can.  Allow a youth intern or Center staff member to hear and to record your life history.

Come visit. Stop by the Center. Enjoy our photo gallery and the extraordinary collection that makes up the John “Yonni” Chapman Peace and Justice Library.

Join in. Attend Sustaining OurSelves (SOS) meetings. Send your stories, recipes, neighborhood notes, favorite photos, and letters of concern for publication in the Northside News. Be part of a local working group or join our email list.

Envision. Share your ideas for the Center. Suggest ways we can work together to save and make history in the Northside, across Chapel Hill/Carrboro and the surrounding counties, and throughout North Carolina.

Ten minutes at the Jackson Center:

Jackson Scholars

A support meeting for small businesses in the historic Midway Business District comes to a close. Conversation carries over into the hallway, where a task force team is preparing to meet with area leaders about ways to address disparities in local health care. Downstairs, dozens of volunteers sort perishable food for distribution to today’s guests of ‘Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial,” St. Joe’s unique food ministry. In the Center office, a woman from the local women’s shelter meets with the loan officer coordinator of the Community Empowerment Fund about employment; another begins an impromptu tutorial on audio recording software. The display table is stacked with donated books ready for database entry. A visitor drops in for a handful of Community Resource Handbooks. Two of us find a corner in which to review the proposed budget for the new black history culture series, “The Living Past Remembered.” Sitting on the old pew banking one wall, one of the new Jackson Scholars practices interview-listening skills with the Associate Director for Youth Initiatives. A song playing from a forthcoming CD featuring St. Joseph gospel choirs brings everyone into a moment of hushed pause—until the hum of saving and making history takes over again.

-Della Pollock, Executive Director