Archive | March, 2012

Four Job Offers In Two Weeks!


Jackie came in to the CEF offices two weeks ago having lost his only job, and with five kids and a wife to provide for. As of yesterday—he had received four job offers, and started work on two of them! He’s been such an inspiration to all CEF Members and Advocates as to what can happen when you really put your best foot forward every day. Thanks Jackie. Congratulations!


Cupcakes at Coffee Hour!

We loved this picture and had to share it with the world. Sherry Kinlaw, our beloved Board of Directors Treasurer, sent us a surprise delivery of delicious cupcakes a Friday morning a couple weeks ago. Our volunteers and members made quick work of them — thanks, Sherry!

We host “CEF Coffee Hour” every Friday at the Community Empowerment Fund’s office on Franklin Street. Join us some Friday! We don’t always have cupcakes, but we do always have good cheer, plenty of coffee and bagels, and great company.

See you on Fridays!


Members Helping Members

Tommy and Rufus, two CEF Members, helping their fellow member move her furniture into her *new* apartment

When a CEF Member had to move out of her old apartment and into her new home last week, her fellow CEF Members were the first people there to offer a hand and help.

For all of us, the best part about being involved in CEF is the family. For Equashia’s big move, her CEF Advocate (the wonderful Kemper) recruited her college roommate to come and help, and Tommy and Rufus (see pictures!) helped Equashia move all her furniture and boxes in, and got it all done in just an afternoon. Thank you, Tommy, Rufus, Kemper and Sarah!

In gratitude, Equashia is organizing a clean-up day at Tommy’s this coming Saturday, March 10th. She is recruiting fellow members to come help Tommy clean up and settle in to his new place. If you are interested, please contact — Equashia and her fellow CEF Alumni would love to have your support.

Unloading the moving truck









Equashia (CEF Member), Kemper (her CEF Advocate), and Sarah (Kemper's roommate who came to help!)


Act Now! Your Donations Doubled

Thank you Stewards Fund!

The Stewards Fund challenge begins today!

Donate between March 1st and June 1st, and your donation will be doubled.

Act now, and your $25 donation becomes $50, your $100 gift becomes $200, your $250 contribution becomes $500… doubling your gift for twice the impact in our community.

Why donate to the Community Empowerment Fund? Because you provide one-on-one and ongoing support to unemployed and under-employed individuals, and help low-resource micro-entrepreneurs start and sustain businesses. You bring a unique community of college students and community members together, working alongside each other towards each individual’s financial freedom and well-being.

See the stories of transformation your support makes possible. Meet Maria. Meet Gary.

Join the movement, and help us reach our challenge of raising $10,000 before June 1st. Together, we can get meet the challenge. Thank you for your partnership.

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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