Archive | October, 2017

Congratulations Donna

Congratulations to Donna Carrington, CEF’s Housing Stabilization Specialist for winning the Humanitarian Service Award from Duke Chapel!

“As a change agent and a dedicated champion, Donna has worked tirelessly with Members to navigate crises, access resources, budget, repair credit, save money and build stability. She brings her full self with authenticity and courage, often drawing from the depths of her own experiences to offer support to others as they walk their own paths!”

Read more about the award and the amazing work that Donna does here:


Paige is a Homebuyer

CEF matched savings accounts support Members in reaching goals all along the continuum from homelessness to homeownership! We launched a new program in 2016 to support first-time homebuyers with Reinvestment Partners and the Duke Homebuyers Club.

Paige was one of the first 5 CEF Members to successfully purchase their own home! Paige worked incredibly hard and with amazing focus to reach her goal in just ten months. In addition to her full-time job at Duke, she worked extra jobs in order to stay on track with her financial goals. She participated in CEF’s Financial Coaching program and was able to pay off debts and improve her credit score, qualifying her for an affordable mortgage. Meanwhile, she successfully saved for her down payment and closing costs, receiving a dollar-for-dollar match from CEF!

Paige is proud to be a homeowner. Some of the best parts? Her mortgage payment is actually cheaper than her rent payments were, and she is building an asset for the long term!

This story about Paige was featured in CEF’s 2016 Annual Report!


OAR: Groundwater Event Co-Sponsorship

Saturday, December 2nd — 9am-12pm

Orange-Organizing Against Racism (Orange-OAR) and CEF are co-sponsoring REI’s “Groundwater Presentation,” an event designed to introduce people to the realities of racially-determined inequities in all of the United States’ foundational systems and institutions. Groundwater is an effective tool for disarming defensiveness and opening constructive conversations about the nature and impact of racism within our particular organizations and communities.
        Registration is $15, and childcare will be provided.

Piggy Bank Bash 2017

Today's the Day!

You may purchase or pick up your tickets at the door.

Where to Park: You may park in the lot across the street from the restaurant (Address: 1200 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701)

  • Park in the spots dedicated to the offices (they share the same lot as the Durham Co-op Market).
  • Cross the street at the nearby crosswalk, and you’ll be there!

When: Monday, November 6th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: GRUB Durham, the newest restaurant by Durham-based restaurateurs Wendy Woods and Stacey Poston

Ticket Price: $30

Ticket price includes admission to the event, a delicious dinner (including a meatball bar with vegan options!), and one drink ticket


Join us on Monday, November 6th to support the innovative work of the Community Empowerment Fund through a fundraiser hosted by GRUB Durham. This will be a night of education, food, drink, and camaraderie. There will be ample opportunities to learn about CEF’s work and mission at the event, while meeting CEF members, supporters, West End neighbors, and more.

100% of the ticket proceeds benefit CEF. Purchase tickets here. The GRUB Durham team looks forward to celebrating and supporting CEF’s continuing work with you!

About CEF: CEF supports over 1,000 Members in Durham and Orange Counties experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity to gain jobs, secure housing, and build savings. Founded in 2009, CEF coordinates hundreds of trained volunteer Advocates, primarily from area universities, to work alongside CEF Members towards achieving their personal goals. Click here to learn more about CEF and read stories from CEF’s Members and Advocates.

Can’t make it to the party?

Sponsor a ticket for a CEF Member / Advocate! (mention Piggy Bank Bash in a comment!)

Event Location

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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