Archive | March, 2017

Double Your Dollars: Here’s Why

Your gifts always go a long way at CEF, but between now and May 31st, they will go even further! Thanks to a generous $10,000 matching challenge from the Stewards Fund, your donation may be doubled.

Why Give?

Check out this recent newspaper article featuring Steven, a current CEF Member who started a Facebook fundraiser for CEF that he is running through his birthday in July. Steven’s goal is to raise $1,000 for CEF, sharing “I understand how hard it is for a lot of people to donate, but CEF helps so many people in the community… I’m just trying to help them in a way — to give back.”

Join Steven’s inspiring call by making a gift to CEF today.


We’re Hiring!

CEF is seeking an Advocate Program Coordinator! In this position, you will coordinate the activities of 60-80 volunteer Advocates and 4+ volunteer leadership teams for CEF’s Durham County programs and services. You’ll serve as a key leader for CEF’s overall programming in Durham County also collaborate with CEF’s Chapel Hill office to shape volunteer training and programming with a counterpart program coordinator.

Click Here to learn more about the position and to apply!


CEF Speaking at TEDxUNC April 2nd!

Presented at the 2017 TEDxUNC event at Memorial Hall: CEF’s Co-Founders / Co-Directors sharing the transformative story of a group of college students and shelter residents who built a community organization and financial tools that support sustained transitions out of homelessness. The CEF Advocacy Choir sings to close out the talk, with an original song about the joy of finding a home after experiencing homelessness.

photographs by TEDxUNC

Join us   Sunday, April 2nd from 1-2pm at UNC Memorial Hall to hear Co-founders and Co-Directors Maggie West,  Jon Young, and Janet Xiao share the story of how a student group transformed into a non-profit and a community that strives together towards better solutions and supports for individuals experiencing and at-risk of homelessness. The CEF Advocacy Choir and will be unveiling a new celebration song, that captures the joy of moving from homelessness into housing.

TEDxUNC is an all afternoon event from 12-6pm, with speakers of all kinds speaking about topics related to the idea of home. CEF’s presentation will be at the end of the 2nd section called “Boroughs” that is happening from 1-2pm.  Please come at 1 pm if you can to catch our talk!

You don’t need tickets to attend – it’s open to the public at Memorial Hall. Hope to see you there!

Members and Advocates, join in a special part of the talk by singing with the CEF Advocacy Choir. Contact us at (919) 200-0233 or reach out to Yvette at to join in!

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233