Become An Advocate

CEF Advocates work side by side with community members who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and working towards goals of greater income, affordable housing, savings, and financial independence.  

Become an Advocate

As a CEF Advocate, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely alongside one of our CEF Members on their goals: everything from financial coaching, connecting to resources, and building savings, to searching for right-sized housing and employment. Our Members set their own individualized goals, and Advocates support them in their journey.

No experience necessary – CEF provides training to all new volunteers!

If you’re interested in becoming an Advocate, fill out the form below and we’ll keep you updated on our most current application and training dates!

Fill Out the CEF Advocate Inquiry Form

In Chapel Hill

We seek passionate and highly committed applicants for our 2-year Advocate program.

CEF-Chapel Hill Advocates are trained 3 times per year: during the Fall and Spring semesters and at the beginning of the Summer term. Community members and students are welcome to apply to become Advocates! Please contact our Chapel Hill Advocate Program Coordinator, Kristina Smith ( if you have questions.

Stay Updated:

Apply to be a Chapel Hill Advocate Today at The application closes September 6th at 11:59 PM!

In Durham

We are currently seeking passionate and highly committed individuals for our CEF-Durham Advocate program.

For Duke students: CEF-Durham Advocates are trained through a Duke House Course (HOUSECS 59), “Tools for Financial Coaching.” Interested Duke students are encouraged to enroll. This course is one semester long and is held once a week for 1.5 hours. “Tools for Financial Coaching” is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters each year. For more information about enrolling in this course, please contact the CEF-Durham Advocate Program Coordinator, Jess, at   

For Community Members: Non-student community members who are interested in becoming an Advocate with CEF should contact the CEF-Durham Advocate Program Coordinator, Jess (, to explore non-student training opportunities.   

For all current Advocates – join CEF Leadership or become a Summer intern!

Are you a current Advocate who is interested in becoming even more deeply involved? There are endless opportunities to help shape and grow the way we do things! You can get involved in various positions through the Leadership Teams in Chapel Hill and Durham.

To Apply: Applications are accepted annually at the end of the Spring semester. See the “Our Team” page to get to know some of these roles and keep an eye out for the annual application process. Positions for full-time Summer internships in Chapel Hill and Durham are announced each Spring.

Feel free to reach out to Kristina Smith in Chapel Hill ( or Jess in Durham ( with any questions about these processes.

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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