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November Newsletter: Piggy Bank Bash & CEF is hiring!

The Piggy Bank Bash; Celebrate! A chance to learn, connect, and support the work of CEF. Sustaining transitions out of homelessness and poverty by building relationships. Monday, November 14, 6:00-8:00 pm at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe. Tickets available at
https://communityef.org/piggy-bank-bash-2022/

2022 Piggy Bank Bash

CEF’s Annual Event

Join us on November 14, for the first in-person Piggy Bank Bash since 2019. We will be at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, sharing updates and building deeper connections with the wider community. Invite your friends for a fun evening of delicious food and drink, a performance by the CEF Advocacy Choir, and opportunities to hear directly from people impacted by our work. VIP tickets are available which will include a VIP Happy Hour with CEF Executive Director, Donna Carrington, from 5:00-6:00pm.

There will be lots of fun door prizes throughout the night as we reach our fundraising thresholds! We will also have a silent auction for folks to bid on trip packages to Alaska, Iceland, Tuscany, San Francisco/Napa Valley, Sedona, Spain, or Costa Rica!

All proceeds from the Piggy Bank Bash support CEF’s work reducing homelessness and poverty in Orange and Durham Counties. Purchase your tickets at the link below.

Looking to join the CEF team? We’re hiring! Apply at www.communityef.org/hiring

CEF is hiring!

Join the CEF Team!

Are you looking to be a part of building a joyful community? We are currently hiring the following full-time positions:

Member Services & Programs Manager (Chapel Hill & Durham): This position will represent CEF in city-wide coalitions, provide supervision to CEF’s core program staff, manage data & reporting for Member Services and Advocate programs, and further the mission and vision of the organization as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Member Services Coordinator (Durham): This position is a part of the core program staff and co-leads CEF’s Durham office. The MSC is responsible for stewarding services for Members in CEF’s Durham office and works collaboratively with the leadership of CEF’s Chapel Hill program to ensure consistent and equitable services across our two geographies. The MSC also maintain CEF Durham’s relationships with a wide variety of local service providers, represents CEF in collaborative spaces within Durham County’s human services systems, and manages special projects specific to the needs of Durham-based Members. This position works closely with the Durham staff team to support office operations, including providing in-person support in the office several days a week, facilitating and supporting volunteers, supervising interns, and participating in and co-facilitating regular team meetings.

Office & Community Organizer (Durham): This position is responsible for both bottom-lining office operations in the Durham office and leading CEF’s organizing and advocacy efforts with Members in our Durham office. The Office and Community Organizer creates a welcoming, healing-centered office environment that emphasizes each person as creative, resourceful, and whole. The OCO facilitates Member-led advocacy efforts including monthly Time + Talents meetings, marches and rallies, etc.

For more info and to apply click the link below!

Ishaan Kumar

Welcome Ishaan!

Chapel Hill Member Resource Specialist

“The bulk of my work is focused on identifying and building out resources for the community to expand the way that CEF can support Members. My long-project is focused on a Homebuyers Program, where we are trying to work with other local housing organizations to try and expand access to home ownership!

I worked as an Advocate for multiple years in the Durham office, so that introduced me to CEF’s work. I think in particular, I learnt to slow down and hold space for Members, peers and myself. This is a skill I hope to continue to develop through the next few years. In addition, I think that I can be extremely reliable, and hope to bring this constancy to my work at CEF.”

Read more from Ishaan at the blog post linked below.

The Student Loan Debt Relief Application is OPEN!

Student Loan Debt Relief

Application is OPEN! Debt Discharge Temporarily Halted

A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the Biden Administration’s Student Debt Relief plan, but you can still fill out the application! Filling out the application now will expedite your debt relief later if the courts rule in favor of the Biden Administration. The application takes less than 5 minutes with no login or documents required. Individuals who made less than $125,000 and couples who made less than $250,000 in 2021 or 2020 are eligible. After you apply, the Department of Education will determine your eligibility or contact you if more information is needed. Your loan servicer will let you know when your relief has been processed. To learn more and apply visit here.

Resource Alert Triangle Veteran’s Bridge Home & The Giving Closet

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the Triangle Veteran’s Bridge Home. Veterans Bridge Home connects Veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through a network of partners, Veteran Bridge helps Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. All Veterans are eligible regardless of discharge status or criminal history.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight The Giving Closet. The Giving Closet is where Durham County residents can receive free infant, toddler, children and maternity clothing, as well as accessories and baby equipment. To be eligible shoppers must:

  • be a Durham County resident (must verify once a year).
  • be 4 months pregnant and/or have at least one child ages 0-5 years (must verify that children are legally in your care).
  • provide valid photo ID each visit.

Shoppers can select

  • a variety of clothing
  • accessories (socks, bibs, blankets, shoes, books, bottles, etc.)
  • 1 large piece of equipment (if available)
  • diapers 

The Giving Closet is currently open Fridays from 9:00AM til 1:00PM by appointment only. Call 919-560-7150 to make an appointment. They are located at 721 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701.

October Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: November 21 through 25

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: November 21 through 25

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

Twitter

We recognize that we work and CEF’s offices are located on the unceded territories of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes. We acknowledge and respect the ancestral & present land stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. Please support them directly.

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CEF Staff Highlight: Ishaan

Meet Ishaan! Member Resource Specialist in Chapel Hill

Ishaan Kumar, Member Resource Specialist
CEF’s Chapel Hill Office

Your Role: In your own words, how would you describe the work you do at CEF and why is it important?

I am the Member Resource Specialist for the Chapel Hill Office. The bulk of my work is focused on identifying and building out resources for the community to expand the way that CEF can support Members. My long-term project is focused on a Homebuyers Program, where we are trying to work with other local housing organizations to expand access to home ownership!

Your Background: What experiences, strengths, and skills do you bring to this work at CEF?

I worked as an Advocate for multiple years in the Durham office, so that introduced me to CEF’s work. I think in particular, I learnt to slow down and hold space for Members, peers, and myself. This is a skill I hope to continue to develop through the next few years. In addition, I think that I can be extremely reliable, and hope to bring this constancy to my work at CEF.

Connecting to CEF: What led you to working with CEF generally, and also to this particular role?

In particular, CEF’s model of Member-centered advocacy really spoke to me. In some other spaces, it was unclear to me if what we were doing was really in the interest of the people we were working for. I believe wholeheartedly in the power and necessity of social work to reflect the needs of Members and for everyone to be engaged in collaborative decision-making.

Energy: When you think about your work in this role at CEF (and/or in general at CEF) where do you find energy and renewal?

Primarily, I find energy in people; my partner, my family, and my roommate are all places to go to recharge. When I’m alone, I often find myself tinkering in the kitchen, trying to remake childhood memories into new creations.

Challenge: When you think about your work in this role at CEF (and/or in general at CEF)  where do you find challenges and how do you seek to find the best way forward?

Many challenges are unknown right now, as this is a new position to CEF! In addition, being a recent college grad means that I’m looking forward to challenges I can’t even begin to imagine. I hope to approach all these future challenges with an empathetic and critical eye. I hope to approach these problems through creative collaborations and new solutions. Everyone has creativity and capacity – I hope to tap into our collective power!

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October Newsletter: CEF is hiring!

The Piggy Bank Bash; Celebrate! A chance to learn, connect, and support the work of CEF. Sustaining transitions out of homelessness and poverty by building relationships. Monday, November 14, 6:00-8:00 pm at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe. Tickets available at
https://communityef.org/piggy-bank-bash-2022/

2022 Piggy Bank Bash

CEF’s Annual Event

Join us on November 14, for the first in-person Piggy Bank Bash since 2019. We will be at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, sharing updates about our work and building deeper connections with our wider community. Invite your friends for a fun evening of delicious food and drink, a performance by the CEF Advocacy Choir, and opportunities to hear directly from people impacted by our work. All proceeds from the Piggy Bank Bash support CEF’s work reducing homelessness and poverty in Orange and Durham Counties. Purchase your tickets at the link below.

Looking to join the CEF team? We’re hiring! Durham Office and Community Organizer. Join our team now! Apply at www.communityef.org/hiring

CEF is hiring!

Durham Office and Community Organizer

We are seeking kind, compassionate candidates to apply for the Durham Office and Community Organizer position at CEF! This position is responsible for both bottom-lining office operations in the Durham office and leading CEF’s organizing and advocacy efforts with Members in our Durham office. The Office and Community Organizer creates a welcoming, healing-centered office environment that emphasizes each person as creative, resourceful, and whole. Applications are due by Friday, September 30.

Please help us by sharing this opportunity with your networks and anyone you think would be a good fit for CEF!

Affordable Housing in Orange County

House Us NOW

Join CEF this Sunday! Meet on the Weaver Street lawn, September 25 at 2pm, to join the House Us Now coalition (Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, CEF, Empowerment Inc., Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History) in a rally and march to advocate for affordable housing. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and elsewhere, regardless of their income. The march will end at the Lincoln Center where there will be food, a live DJ, speeches, and free hair cuts until 5pm!

Resource Alert OCPEH & Bull E-Bike Pilot

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) at UNC. SHAC is a student-run organization that provides free health services to underserved individuals. The clinic sees people by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (984) 538-1031 and leave a message clearly stating your name, phone number, and reason for an appointment. You can request free STI and HIV testing in your message. Someone will call you back to let you know your appointment time. Alternatively, you can request an appointment using this online form. For a full list of services check out the resource here.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Leah would like to highlight Open Table Ministry’s Street Outreach program. The Street Outreach program works to build relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness and increase their awareness of available services. They provide the following services:

  • Free store, every Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 am, clothing, personal items, and showers are available at Open Table Ministry, 215 North Church Street, Durham, NC.
  • Assistance with obtaining identify documents (state IDs, birth certificates, Social Security cards).
  • Ongoing case management to help clients transitions into housing.
  • Connections with other community partners.
October Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: October 11

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

Twitter

We recognize that we work and CEF’s offices are located on the unceded territories of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes. We acknowledge and respect the ancestral & present land stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. Please support them directly.

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September Newsletter: CEF is hiring!

Join Our Team! We’re Looking for: Member Resource Specialist (Chapel Hill), Member Assistance Funds Manager (Chapel Hill & Durham), Advocate Applications Open! Apply NOW

CEF is hiring!

Two new positions + volunteer Advocate applications

We are seeking kind, compassionate candidates to fill two full-time positions at CEF! The Member Assistance Funds Manager will be responsible for managing processes and use related to CEF’s direct Member assistance funds including the Housing Assistance Fund, Debt Assistance Fund, Eviction Debt Assistance Fund, First-time Homebuyers Fund, and support requests for assistance from community partners.

The Member Resource Specialist is focused on cultivating resources that supplement our Member Services in targeted content areas. In addition to providing in-office support for CEF Members and Advocates as a member of the Chapel Hill team, the MRS will be responsible for leading our efforts to grow targeted program services focused on housing and employment.

We are also looking for volunteer Advocates! Advocates are trained to walk with Member in achieving their goals, often related to housing, employment, or financial independence. Advocates are not experts, but are curious, empathetic, and highly dedicated team players who commit to holding two Advocate hours per week for a minimum of two years. CEF Advocates work 1-1 or 2-1 with CEF Members to provide long-term, relationship-based support through challenges and barriers, and celebrate achievements.

Please help us out by sharing these opportunities with your networks and anyone you think would be a good fit for CEF!

30 for 30 rally in Durham

Rally for affordable housing

30 for 30

On August 20, CEF Durham held the 30 for 30 rally to advocate that 30% of future Durham housing projects be reserved for tenants earning 30% Area Median Income or below. We have to continue amplifying voices of folks experiencing housing insecurity and raising public awareness of the need for additional affordable housing options in both Chapel Hill and Durham. Stay tuned for future ways to get involved!

CEF Alumni Advocate Reunion

Virtual Alumni Advocate Reunion

In Community

The first ever virtual CEF Alumni Advocate Reunion was such a joy! Former Advocates from all over the US joined us to discuss what they (and we) are up to now and connect with each other. We are so excited to cultivate the Alumni Advocate community and continue building relationships that will last a lifetime. If you are a former or senior Advocate and would like to connect with the CEF Alumni Advocate network you can find a group on Facebook or LinkedIn. There are opportunities for increased involvement if you would like to be part of the Alumni Advocate steering committee or represent Alumni Advocates through Board service.

Band Together Mighty Giveback

Band Together

Mighty Giveback 2022

Band Together and the United Way of the Greater Triangle are teaming up for the Mighty Giveback benefit concerts. Profits from this benefit event go toward a $1 million goal to help ensure that Triangle residents and families have a safe place to live and thrive. CEF has been selected as one of eleven nonprofit organizations that will share the proceeds from these concerts!

Black Pumas have canceled the rest of their shows for 2022, but you should definitely listen to their tunes! For October 2 ticket holders Band Together will reach out about refunds. Turnpike Troubadours will headline a sold out show on October 28 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh. For more information click the link below!

Resource Alert OCPEH & Bull E-Bike Pilot

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness. OCPEH is a coalition of service providers, local governments, and community members who work together to coordinate funding and bring best practices to the work of ending homelessness in Orange County. OCPEH stepped up this past month by paying arrears for fifteen families of University Gardens facing eviction as the property is in the process of being sold. OCPEH also provided funding for those families to stay an additional 60 days so they have more time to determine where they are going to live.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Leah would like to highlight the Bull E-Bike Pilot. The City of Durham’s Transportation Department is conducting the Bull E-Bike Pilot to learn more about how electric bikes can be deployed to improve the transportation experience in the Bull City. They’re seeking participants to use a pedal-assist e-bike for 4+ weeks in exchange for sharing information about their experience, including tracking their travel via a smartphone app.

They are looking for participants who

  • work in downtown Durham
  • would use an e-bike to replace driving alone
  • would benefit from the use of an e-bike, especially folks from groups that are transportation-disadvantaged
  • are flexible, communicative, and excited about this opportunity!
September Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: September 5

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: September 5

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

Twitter

We recognize that we work and CEF’s offices are located on the unceded territories of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes. We acknowledge and respect the ancestral & present land stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. Please support them directly.

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Juneteenth Celebrations

Durham and Orange Counties

CEF is excited about all of the #Juneteenth celebrations coming up! Juneteenth is a celebration of African American Emancipation and a time to pay homage to those that have forged the path towards freedom. As an organization that recognizes the detrimental impacts of systemic racism on Black and Brown members of our communities this is an important holiday for us to reflect on our victories. If you would like to spend time with CEF community in celebration of Juneteenth, we will be attending the Art of Freedom – Juneteenth Exhibit – Third Friday Opening Reception at 6:00 PM June 17th. We will gather at the CEF Durham Office at 4:30 to eat and carpool, leaving at 5:30 for Golden Belt Campus (800 Taylor St). Check out what’s going on:

Durham County:

June 14-16 Juneteenth Celebration at Durty Bull brought to you by Twiwan Joyner. This three-day event will feature live musical performances from Durham’s finest artists, theatrical screenings, meet and greets, dance parties and more! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-celebration-tickets-363720887967

June 15 6:30-7:30 pm Juneteenth at Carolina Theatre – Exceptional Measures. Supported by Durham County Library and the Durham Library Foundation. Featuring: Grammy nominated artist Rissi Palmer, nationally competing spoken word artist Dasan Ahanu, and the acclaimed African American Dance Ensemble! Free, but registration is required https://durhamcountylibrary.libcal.com/event/9042082

June 17 6:00 pm Join the CEF Durham community in celebration of Juneteenth, we will be attending the Art of Freedom – Juneteenth Exhibit – Third Friday Opening Reception at 6:00 PM June 17th. We will gather at the CEF Durham Office at 4:30 to eat and carpool, leaving at 5:30 for Golden Belt. https://www.facebook.com/events/384797563675785

June 17 6:30 pm – 12:00 am – Juneteenth Jubilee at The Fruit in Durham: Afrofuturism – Digital Art Show, Panel Discussion, Lo-Fi, and Celebration. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-jubilee-afrofuturism-art-show-discussion-celebration-tickets-273252384237

June 18 & 19 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm – 17th Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration at the Golden Belt Campus. This fun-filled, educational and uplifting event kicks off with the official Opening Ceremony that includes a processional with dancers, drummers, and the community, is followed by a presentation by the United States Colored Troops, prayer, proclamations, pouring of the libation, and presentations on the origin and significance of Juneteenth. Ends with a BBQ Cook-off Sunday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm https://spectacularmag.com/events/ncjuneteenth/

June 18 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Father’s Day x Juneteenth Playdate at Motorco. $10 individuals, $20 family(up to 4). Join two of North Carolina’s most creative Dads for an all-ages Juneteenth x Father’s Day Play Date featuring Grammy-nominee and father of two Pierce Freelon and Puppet Master and father of six Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins (Missy Elliot, Pharrell). https://motorcomusic.com/event/juneteenth-play-date/

Orange County:

June 18 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sacrifices- a Juneteenth Presentation with Spirit Freedom at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public, attendees will explore the trauma, struggle, and triumph and achievements of African Americans through performances, storytelling, and discussions of little known Hillsborough figures. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacrifices-and-celebration-a-juneteenth-presentation-with-spirit-freedom-tickets-350604446337

June 19 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Ackland F.A.M.: Juneteenth Celebration at Ackland Art Museum – Celebrate Juneteenth with several activities available in person on the final day of our current exhibition Modern Black Culture: The Art of Aaron Douglas. https://events.ackland.org/event/ackland-f-a-m-juneteenth-celebration/

June 19 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Celebrate Black Community & Culture at Hargraves Community Center – A coalition of local organizations invites you to be a part of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration! Celebrate Black community and culture with live performances, Black-owned small business and non-profit expos, kids activities, food trucks, and more. @CHCNAACP @mcjcenter @chapelhillgov @carrborotowngov @ChapelHillCarrboroCitySchools https://www.chapelhillarts.org/calendar/juneteenth-celebration/

We hope you have a happy holiday wherever you are!

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CEF Staff Highlight: Jada

Meet Jada! Advocate Program Coordinator at CEF’s Durham Office

Jada McLeod, Advocate Program Coordinator
CEF’s Durham Office

Your Role: In your own words, how would you describe the work you do at the CEF and why is it important?

I am the Advocate Program Coordinator for the Durham Office. My role revolves around Advocate recruitment, selection, training, and support. Advocates are essential to the work we do at CEF given that they handle much of the day-to-day work of supporting members in reaching their goals. Our cohort of Advocates must be committed to learning and growth and well equipped to work with members in order to serve the community well.

Your Background: What experiences, strengths, and skills do you bring to this work at CEF?

I was an Advocate at the Chapel Hill office for a few years before joining the Durham office staff, so I know what it’s like to be in their shoes. I can easily empathize with Advocates’ experiences which makes me well suited to support people in navigating this role. Another major strength of mine is my curiosity. I am eager to learn about other people’s experiences, identities, and approaches to how they show up in this space. I’m committed to breaking down my own biases and harmful ways of thinking. I’m always looking for ways to expand my understanding of the world around me.

Connecting to CEF: What led you to working with CEF generally, and also to this particular role?

CEF’s focus on relationship-building is what initially attracted me to the organization. I’ve worked with several nonprofits and CEF is so unique in its emphasis on authentically building supportive communities. It was important to me to continue being a part of that. Being an Advocate at CEF was such a transformative experience for me. As an Advocate, I went through so much learning and growth that significantly shaped my worldview, especially concerning racial equity and other social justice issues. I am excited to help guide other people through that process in my new role.

Energy: When you think about your work in this role at CEF (and/or in general at CEF) where do you find energy and renewal?

I find energy by remembering to make room for joy and excitement in my work. Doing direct service with people who are experiencing the violence of systemic oppression can quickly become a heavy burden to bear. My passion for this work is renewed when I expand my perspective and hold space to celebrate everyday victories. Whether it’s a member finding housing, getting a new job, or just feeling extra supported by Advocates and staff, those moments keep me grounded and give me a renewed sense of purpose. I love all the light-hearted moments that happen in the office where we get to laugh and joke with one another. These moments remind me that although our work can be challenging, it doesn’t always have to be oriented around struggle and suffering.

Challenge: When you think about your work in this role at CEF (and/or in general at CEF)  where do you find challenges and how do you seek to find the best way forward?

I think the biggest challenge is coming to terms with the realization that regardless of how supportive of a space we try to create for Members, once they walk out the door they’re still dealing with systemic racism and other forms of trauma, oppression, and violence. It’s tough knowing that there are some barriers that we just can’t solve. I think this challenge is further escalated when you consider the sense of urgency that we experience as many Members come to us in crises. To move forward, I’ve had to learn that the work we do is about so much more than the tangible steps we take toward supporting Members in reaching their goals. There is real power in making someone feel heard and validated in their experience. We can’t solve every problem, but at the very least, we can show people that they have a community that loves and supports them in their corner. Having a supportive community that sticks with you long-term makes all the difference in someone feeling empowered to move forward and keep fighting for their needs despite the barriers they face.

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March Newsletter: Marching into April!

House Us NOW! March for affordable housing 30% AMI and below

House Us NOW!

Join us Saturday, April 9, 1:00-5:00 pm

CEF, alongside IFC, MCJC, CHC-NAACP, and EmPOWERment Inc., is hosting the second biannual House Us NOW! march on April 9. The march will raise awareness and raise voices of people needing to find affordable housing at 30% AMI and below.

We will meet at the Peace and Justice Plaza, 179 E Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill at 1:00 PM and march to the Jackson Center at 512 W Rosemary Street. There will be food, dancing, a live DJ taking requests, and a chance for people to speak out!

A recent WRAL Tech Wire article focused on the current housing market in the Triangle. Demand is at an all-time high while affordability is at an all-time low. The article shared data from the Triangle Multiple Listing Service (TMLS) showing that median sales prices are up by 23.9% from just last year! 

This data shows that it is more important than ever to show up and advocate for safe, affordable housing for folks at 30% AMI and below. Join us April 9! Get there early and march at 1:00 PM.

CEF Durham Spring Celebration!

April 16, 1-3 PM

CEF Durham’s Spring Celebration will be on April 16 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hillside Park, 1301 S Roxboro Street! All CEF Members, Advocates, and staff are welcome! Come celebrate Durham’s graduating Advocates and enjoy food, music, activities, and the spring weather!

Women’s Voices: We Are Speaking

Women’s Voices: We Are Speaking

Affordable Housing: A Local Response to a National Challenge

This Saturday from 10:00-12:00 PM be sure to join in on this discussion with local affordable housing professionals focused on issues related to affordable housing and advocacy. Register for the event here.

CEF is looking for new Board Members!

Join the CEF Board!

CEF is actively recruiting Board Members

Are you interested in an active role in guiding CEF’s future? Join the Board to participate with CEF in a deeper way. Learn more and fill out the interest form here.

Resource Alert The Kramden Institute & NC Fines and Fees Relief

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the NC Fines & Fees Coalition.

In early March, a federal judge signed off on a court settlement requiring the NCDMV to send a special notice to tens of thousands of drivers about how they can request a court hearing if their license was revoked because of an inability to pay fines and fees. During the hearing petitioners can request an adjustment to the fines and fees and reinstatement of their license. In addition to the special notice, the DMV will be required:

To include in future notices specific information about how a driver can petition and show to the court an inability to pay a traffic-related fine before receiving a revocation notice.

To fund an informational website with videos, written explanations, and other materials on how to prevent loss of license because of non-payment.

To reference this website in the special and newly revised notices for 18 months and to include this information on the DMV’s website and in its various offices across the state.

A toolkit which includes the form is available at the website here.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Leah would like to highlight the Kramden Institute. The Kramden Institute provides affordable computers for low-income adults. Recently they have reduced prices starting at $70 for laptops and have started offering desktops at $30! If you are a CEF Member and interested in purchasing a computer through Kramden, let us know! CEF is a partner agency and can help you apply for a computer.

If you are interested in donating old computer equipment check here to see if Kramden could use it.

April Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours through April 22:

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

If you’d like to schedule an appointment after April 22 please call 919.797.9233

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

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We recognize that we work and CEF’s offices are located on the unceded territories of the Eno, Lumbee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes. We acknowledge and respect the ancestral & present land stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. Please support them directly.

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October Newsletter: Last Chance to Register for the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash

Piggy Bank Bash

Last chance to register for the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash!

The Piggy Bank Bash is Monday November 8 at 6PM

Can you believe November is almost here?? The 2021 Piggy Bank Bash is coming up fast! This year CEF’s annual fundraiser will be virtual, but we are encouraging house parties as a way to be social, safe, and spread the word about CEF! Tickets are free, registration is required. Parties with 10 or more people are eligible to register for free food courtesy of our food sponsors! Join us November 8 at 6pm! All donations will support CEF’s work to end the racial wealth gap and sustain transitions out of homelessness and poverty. Registration and the food form are available here.

5-Year Strategic Plan

5-Year Strategic Plan

Survey is open until October 31

CEF is engaged with A Visual Approach to conduct a 5-year Strategic Plan. As part of this process, CEF is requesting feedback from Advocates, Members, Staff, Board Members, and Community Partners. This anonymous survey will take approximately 15-25 minutes to complete and will be used to help guide the Strategic Planning process. Thank you for participating. Survey collection will be open October 1-31, 2021. Take the survey here!

The Center for Intentional Leadership Presents: The Piggy Bank Bash

Thank You to the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash Premier Sponsors!

The Center for Intentional Leadership

Intentional Leadership

This year’s presenting sponsor, The Center for Intentional Leadership, is a consulting firm committed to the development of leaders, teams, and organizational cultures. The firm’s approach is centered in the assertion that high performing organizations are the product of a compelling purpose, effective leader, engaged and committed employees, and a clear, aligned focus on results. Clients of the firm range from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses, as well as non-profit, municipal, and civic organizations.

Premier Sponsors

Carol Woods

Situated on 120 wooded acres in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Carol Woods is an accredited not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. Carol Woods is an inclusive community that promotes an active lifestyle supported by the area’s educational, cultural and medical resources. A commitment to well-being enables residents to pursue activities that support a sense of individual fulfillment and purpose.

Strata Clean Energy

Strata’s mission is to deliver value to their customers, communities, and future generations by creating new opportunities for clean energy. The success of Strata comes completely from its people, who share a passion for bringing more solar to more communities and reducing our reliance on less sustainable energy sources.

Food Sponsors

Carrboro Pizza Oven

GRUB Durham

Mediterranean Deli Bakery and Catering

Our wonderful food sponsors are providing you with free food for house parties that register 10 or more people! Fill out the form and a CEF staff person will be in contact! Carrboro Pizza Oven, GRUB, and Mediterranean Deli are three of our local favorites and we’re excited to share them with you.

LocoPops Give Back Week 11/8-11/14

LocoPops Give Back Week!

November 8 through 14

Sundries@LocoPops is giving 10% to the Community Empowerment Fund for all online and in person purchases* 11/8 – 11/14. Here’s some great ideas for supporting CEF through this special opportunity:

  • Grab an after school treat
  • Snag a few specialty ingredients to kick your at-home dinner scene up a notch
  • Stock up on essentials from your favorite local producers
  • Get a gift for an exciting new crush or old friend
  • Pick up a 6 pack or bottle of something tasty to go with dinner
  • Bring home a new puzzle – winter is coming!
  • Be and Early Elf – get some holiday shopping done with their Shop Local gift packs

*gift certificate purchases not included in offer

For more information visit here.

Resource Alert Get Covered Carolina & Durham Child Care Services

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Diiv would like to highlight Get Covered Carolina (GCC)! Get Covered Carolina works with underserved and vulnerable patients in the area in order to help them navigate the online insurance marketplace and their options for insurance coverage. GCC will be offering in person Healthcare Enrollment help at the OC Hub (as well as their other community based and virtual offerings) starting when Open Enrollment opens on November 1st! They have been a strong partner at the Hub for 5 years now! Learn more here!

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, CEF Durham would like to highlight the Durham County DSS Child Care Subsidy Program. Services offered include

  • Child Care Subsidies,
  • Information on choosing quality child care
  • Technical Assistance including record keeping, completion of attendance sheets, and workshops on best business practices for child care providers
  • Information and referral on other services for families and children.

Priority is given to Low income families with children between ages 0-12 who meet income guidelines, live in Durham County, and are employed or in school. Additionally, the following are considered priority groups and may be eligible:

  • The child is in Protective services or in Foster care
  • Work First recipients and need child care in order to pursue employment
  • The family resides in a homeless shelter
  • Parent/guardian is in a substance abuse treatment program

To get on the waitlist call 919-560-8300. To find out where you are on the waiting list, email dsschildcarewaitlist@dconc.gov (include your name and children’s name). Learn more here!

November Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday November 19 pickup for Thanksgiving meals is 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Members can sign up here to receive one.

CLOSED November 24, 25, 26

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED November 24, 25, 26

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

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July Newsletter: Quilts, Bagels, and Independence

Financial Independence Day

It’s about the relationships

On June 26 CEF Members, Advocates, staff, friends, and family came together to honor the hard work that CEF Members are putting in to achieve financial stability and independence. Thank you to everyone that joined us in celebration and made Financial Independence Day a success! Thank you to our musical guests, Chapel Hill’s Finest! Book them for your next event by contacting OD Sanders at 919-259-2619. And special thanks to full-time interns – Olivia, Hannah, Jada, Collyn, and Audrey – who planned the event!

We are all excited for future events to build and celebrate our treasured community. “It’s not about the money. It’s about the relationships.” -Thomas Owens, CEF Alumnus

Old Fashioned Quilting Made Fun!

Every Thursday At CEF Chapel Hill

Have you ever had the desire to learn quilting? Do you enjoy crafting in good company? Want to get a head start working on that 2022 holiday gift? Join David every Thursday from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the CEF office in Chapel Hill, 208 North Columbia St. No quilting experience is needed!

COVID-19 Guidelines: Please wear a mask and abide by social distancing protocols.

Donations of fabric and crafting supplies are welcomed! Please drop off at the CEF Chapel Hill office.

If you have any questions or concerns please call (919) 200-0233 and leave a message for David!

Brandwein’s Bagels SAVE THE DATE!

Fundraiser Friday August 20

Friday, August 20, Brandwein’s Bagels will donate 15% of all sales to the Community Empowerment Fund. This fundraiser will assist CEF in our ongoing work to provide person-centered support with financial services that pursue equity in order to reduce the racial wealth gap. Mark your calendar for August 20 and check out their menu at brandweinsbagels.com!

2021 Piggy Bank Bash

Registration is open! Is your business interested in sponsoring

CEF’s 2021 Piggy Bank Bash will be held virtually this year on Monday, November 8 from 6:00-7:00PM EST. Tickets are free, registration is required. The Piggy Bank Bash is CEF’s annual fundraiser and all donations will support CEF’s work in Durham and Orange Counties. Visit the website to register for the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash presented by The Center for Intentional Leadership.

Sponsorships are still available for businesses at the Premier and Community Sponsor levels. You can check out the sponsorship benefits on the registration page here. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact: ari rosenberg, Director of Development and Finance, at arir@communityef.org

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Diiv would like to highlight Care to Share a partnership between IFC and OWASA to provide up to $200 in financial assistance for overdue water bills from OWASA. This community water bill assistance program helps to make sure that no one in our community will have to go without water – or scrimp on medications or food to pay their water bill.

Care to Share funds are administered by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services (IFC) in partnership with OWASA. CEF is partnering with IFC and OWASA to be an application site! Contact the Chapel Hill office at 919-200-0233 for more info.

Folks can also help out by donating to the Care to Share program. If you are an OWASA customer you can add a monthly donation to your water bill or donate a lump sum. Both options available at the link here.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Debbie would like to highlight LaunchDURHAM for folks seeking small business support. Applications are being accepted until August 8 for the next LaunchDURHAM cohort. In this ten-week training program you will learn how to refine your product, determine core customers, and how best to reach them, create financial tools for your business, and navigate the fundraising process. By the end of these ten two-hour classes, you will have a working business plan, a strategic plan for the next year, and be on your way towards growing your business!

To qualify applicants must be active in their business, working at least 5 hours each week, have access to an internet capable computer that can manage zoom calls, come from a household that earns less than $60,000 (if not, applicants may still be eligible, but will have to pay the $250 fee). The application can be found here and more information here.

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Durham ERAP Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: August 9-13

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Through Aug 19 Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

After Aug 19 Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm except Aug 19

No orientations Aug 9-20.

CLOSED: August 9-16

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

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June Newsletter: 10th anniversary of CEF’s Financial Independence Day!

Donate Now A $10 donation will aid CEF in our ongoing work ending the racial wealth gap by supporting Members in reaching their employment, housing, and financial goals What are you waiting for? Act now during our Spring Appeal! 55% Goal 20K Text "GIVECEF" to 44-321 or visit linktr.ee/communityef to get started!

Spring Appeal Last Chance!

We have raised $11,725 so just $8,275 to go!

We are almost at the end of our 2021 Spring Appeal and still need your help to meet our goal! New and returning donors will be matched for up to $5,000 thanks to Epworth United Methodist and an anonymous donor! Can you donate now to help us finish strong!

Already donated? There are still ways you can support us in meeting our goal! Please like and share Spring Appeal posts you see pop up on our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Share our Facebook fundraiser with your friends (add a little note about why CEF’s work is important to you!), and forward this newsletter to friends who might be interested in supporting CEF’s ongoing work to end the racial wealth gap!

Thanks to everyone who has already donated and supported us during this year’s Spring Appeal!

The Center for Intentional Leadership Presents: The Piggy Bank Bash
The Center for Intentional Leadership Presents: The Piggy Bank Bash

2021 Piggy Bank Bash

Registration is open! Is your business interested in sponsoring?    

CEF’s 2021 Piggy Bank Bash will be held virtually this year on Monday, November 8 from 6:00-7:00PM EST. Tickets are free, registration is required. The Piggy Bank Bash is CEF’s annual fundraiser and all donations will support CEF’s work in Durham and Orange Counties. Visit the website to register for the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash presented by The Center for Intentional Leadership.

Sponsorships are still available for businesses at the Premier and Community Sponsor levels. You can check out the sponsorship benefits on the registration page here. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact: ari rosenberg, Director of Development and Finance, at arir@communityef.org

Come Celebrate! Financial Independence Day 2021
June 26 from 5-7pm
music, activities, cookout food
Everyone is welcome!
We'll be encouraging people to distance and wear masks to accommodate COVID safety!
Please RSVP at linktr.ee/communityef
Hargraves Community Park
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC

Financial Independence Day 2021!

This year marks 10 years since CEF’s first Financial Independence Day!

The people of CEF declared independence from the oppression and tyranny of the unjust financial system, whose banks are built on the backs of poor people and nations. Join us in celebration of a financial system that upholds justice, equality, and people, June 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Hargraves Community Park.

Financial Independence Day is a celebration to honor the hard work that CEF Members are putting in to achieve financial stability and independence. We will honor CEF Members who have reached their Safe Savings Goals since January 2021. The event includes cookout food, activities, and music.

Everyone is welcome! This includes anyone who has ever been a CEF Member or Advocate, community partners, and your family and friends!

Please fill out the RSVP form if you will be in attendance.

We’ll be encouraging people to distance and wear masks to accommodate COVID safety. Unfortunately, we are choosing not to give rides this year because of COVID, but we hope to return to this next year. If you need support figuring out how you will get to FID, please give our Chapel Hill Office a call at 919-200-0233

We Are Hiring! Advocacy & Community Building Manager This is a full time position focused on supporting CEF with managing staff, program strategy, and advocacy strategy while supporting both our Durham and Chapel Hill offices. Apply Now! communityempowermentfund.org/hiring/

CEF is hiring!

Advocacy & Community Building Manager

The Community Empowerment Fund is seeking a full-time Advocacy & Community Building Manager that will work with both our Durham and Chapel Hill offices. Are you experienced in community and volunteer organizing? Do you have supervisory skills? Are you excited to join an organization working to end the racial wealth gap by supporting people experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity? Apply now! Priority deadline is June 30 and applications are accepted until the position is filled.

CEF Durham Food Pantry Free and fresh food available at the CEF Durham office: 2364 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, NC 27707 Delivery available first come first served Friday 1:00-3:00PM visit linktr.ee/communityef to fill out the delivery form. Questions? Email dufoodpantry@communityef.org or call 919-797-9233

CEF Durham Food Pantry

Free and Fresh at the CEF Durham Office

Please come to the Durham office to pick up free and fresh food. Available items include fresh produce, dairy, meat, soup, pasta, beans, bread, and more. The freshest produce is provided by the kindness of local farms, such as Lil’ Farm (you can get their produce every Saturday at the Durham Farmers’ Market or order a CSA share today for weekly delivery). CEF Food Pantry Delivery is available Fridays from 1:00-3:00PM and is first come first served. Click the link below to sign-up.

Resource Alert: Emergency Broadband Benefit & Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Diiv would like to highlight Medicaid Ombudsman and Medicaid Enrollment Broker which will help folks with newly privatized Medicaid plans enroll, change their enrollments, and navigate their benefits statewide! New Medicaid plans take effect July 1st and the last day to change health plans without a special reason or until next recertification is September 30.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Debbie would like to continue highlighting the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The ERAP is open to all Durham Residents that make 80% Area Median Income or less and are obligated to pay rent for a residential dwelling. Applicants must have experienced a hardship due to COVID-19 and demonstrate a risk of housing instability or homelessness. All applicants will need an email address to register.

The Community Empowerment Fund will support anyone in need of assistance with an application. If you are in need of assistance pleasecontactourDurham office at 919-797-9233. The application can be found at https://durhamerap.dconc.gov/cares

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award numbers ERA0207, awarded to the City of Durham, and ERA0422, awarded to Durham County, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm except July 22

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Durham ERAP Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: July 2, 5

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CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday-Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

CLOSED: July 5

Can I still make a virtual appointment?

Yes! CEF Members with the capacity to meet through online video chat software (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet) or over the phone will be encouraged to continue with this option. You can specify this option when you call the office to make an appointment.

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