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.  


CEF is currently accepting new Advocate applications! See below for details. To get on our mailing list and receive all updates about upcoming Advocate application cycles and trainings,  complete the New Advocate Interest form at the bottom of this page.

Click here for the Chapel Hill Advocate Application!

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

CEF-Chapel Hill Advocates are trained 2 times per year: during September/October and January/February. 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:

Click here for the Durham Advocate Application!

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

CEF-Durham Advocates are trained seasonally in early Fall, Spring and sometimes Summer. A multi-year commitment is preferred. Applicants may be invited to complete a brief interview with a CEF Member and Advocate. Selected new Advocates will receive 10+ hours of training before beginning their Advocate hours. Folks with lived experience of housing and financial insecurity are encouraged to apply.  Please contact our Durham Advocate Program Coordinator, Leah Whitehead ( if you have questions.

Stay Updated:

Fill Out the CEF New Advocate Interest Form


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Also consider becoming a full-time, paid summer intern!

To Apply: Applications will come out on December 1st! See the “Join Our Team” page to get to know the available opportunities.

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

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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