Archive | April, 2010

Summer 2010 Internship Opportunity in Local Microfinance!

Hear more about it! Come to the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30pm in Room

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a local microfinance initiative based in Chapel Hill, NC that offers small loans, savings opportunities, financial education, and assertive support to individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The opportunities for employment, self-employment, and greater housing that CEF advances motivate participants to build personal assets, gain higher income, and engage in a healthy community.

CEF is currently seeking individuals interested in being a part of the program’s pilot launch of a micro-loan program in Durham during the summer of 2010.

For interested students, we are willing to facilitate part-time, unpaid internships, with weekly commitments between 4 and 20 hours.

Student interns will have the opportunity to:

  • —Deepen knowledge of public policy, economics, business, sociology, social work, and community development
  • —Research the applicability of microfinance to the specific needs of the Durham community
  • —Build mentoring relationships with program participants
  • —Learn alongside community partners and program participants, on topics ranging from criminal justice to affordable housing to asset inequality
  • —Develop skills in nonprofit management
  • —Gain first-hand experience in banking, lending, and savings management
  • —Extend opportunities to individuals traditionally marginalized from financial services

Internship responsibilities will include:

  • —Attending a training session, during which CEF staff will train you sufficiently to equip you with the skills you will need to fulfill the internship responsibilities
  • —Facilitating CEF Small Business Trainings in area shelters and low-income housing
  • —Working one-on-one with CEF borrowers and savers
  • —Building partnerships with community agencies and supportive services
  • —Assisting borrowers and savers in budgeting, resume-building, job-searching, goal-setting, and accessing services
  • —Consulting with participants in CEF business trainings to provide follow-up support

For more information, with questions, or to apply, join CEF staff at the DMLI meeting on Wed. April 14th at 7:30pm in Room

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Fundraising Event: Homeless Near and Far

Hosted By

Friday, April 23rd 5pm-8pm
James Wallace Plaza
(on top of the Rosemary Street Parking Deck) Chapel Hill, NC

Homeless Near and Far is the first of an annual free festival to help end homelessness in Orange County. The festival will take place on Friday April 23rd, from 5pm-8pm at the James Wallace Plaza on top of the Rosemary Parking Deck, and will feature local musicians from the homeless community, area bands, keynote speakers, a drum circle intermission and more. The festival is free of charge, though donations taken at the event will go directly toward the Community Empowerment Fund, a UNC Campus Y microfinance initiative offering small loans, savings opportunities, financial services and assertive support to individuals who are either homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. (

After the celebrations subside, HNAF will host a dance party to raise funds for the rebuilding of the New Victorian School in Haiti.

If you would like more information or to volunteer, send an email to

(Volunteers get free tshirts and food, making the experience wearable and delicious!)

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund