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April Newsletter: Join us for a Spring Celebration!

CEF Annual Report Release. Please Join us for a spring celebration of the Community Empowerment Fund! Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 5:30 pm. Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden. 130 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill, NC. Free. Image has a dark blue background and white text. There are pink, orange, yellow, and blue flowers along the left and right borders.

CEF Annual Report Release!

A Spring Celebration

We’re excited to invite you to a spring celebration and annual report release party on Wednesday, May 24 at the Gene Strowd Rose Garden in Chapel Hill. The event will include short speeches from Donna Carrington, CEF’s Executive Director, a representative of CEF’s Board, and CEF Members. Please join us and invite anyone you know who may be interested in learning more about CEF and how they can support our work!

We're Hiring
Finance & Operations Manager
Advocacy Manager
For details and how to apply visit communityef.org/hiring
Join our Team!

Become a part of the CEF team!

CEF is hiring for two key positions

Join us in our mission to cultivate opportunities, assets, and communities that support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty!

Finance & Operations Manager:

Oversee financial management and oversight, manage CEF’s financial coaching & Safe Savings programs, and ensure compliance with all audit and legal recommendations. This role includes leading budgeting processes, financial statements and projections, financial record-keeping, payroll, and more.

Advocacy Manager:

Manage our advocacy initiatives and ensure our mission, guiding principles, and values are represented in targeted campaigns. Responsibilities include setting advocacy goals, providing guidance to frontline staff, and inspiring others to advocate for safe and affordable living conditions.

Our team is dedicated to building a joyful community focused on ending the racial wealth gap and empowering community! If you share our passion, apply now for one of our open positions.

CEF Durham is recruiting!

Summer Internships and Volunteer Advocates!

Are you looking for a meaningful paid internship or volunteer opportunity this summer in Durham?

CEF offers paid full and part-time Summer Internships for community members interested in deepening their skills, expanding their knowledge of community resources, and working directly with CEF Members on their goals.

CEF’s Durham office is also seeking additional volunteer Advocates this summer! Advocates volunteer at-least 2 hours/week, working directly with Members as they move forward with their goals.

Both Interns and Advocates will receive in-person training and have staff available to support them throughout their time at CEF.

Learn more and find the applications at the link below. Apply by this Sunday at midnight!

Meet the Team
Durham Office & Community Organizer - Sydney Pender
Staff Support - Hannah Lyles

CEF Staff Highlights

Meet Sydney & Hannah

Sydney is the Durham Office & Community Organizer. She started at CEF as an Advocate in fall 2021. Hannah is new to CEF, and the Triangle, and provides Staff Support for both the Durham and Chapel Hill Offices.

Learn more about their backgrounds, how they connected with CEF, and challenges they face in their roles at the links below!

CEF Durham Housing Debt Assistance Fund
To support Durham residents in settling housing debts related to COVID-19.
-Past-due utilities
-Past-due rent
-Mortgage delinquency
-Eviction costs

Durham Housing Debt Assistance

The Community Empowerment Fund received funding to support Durham residents in settling housing related debts related to COVID-19. This includes past-due utilities, past-due rent, mortgage delinquency, and eviction costs. There is no limit to the requested amount; however, all debts must have been accumulated AFTER February 2020 and the Housing Debt Assistance Fund can only be accessed once. Currently, funds are only available to people who did not receive assistance from the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program or another rent relief program. In July, funds will be open to anyone who qualifies, even if they have received previous assistance from other funding sources.

Resource Alert

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid NC. The Fair Housing Project works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through education, outreach, public policy initiatives, advocacy and enforcement. Informational materials are available on their website.

If you believe you are a victim of discrimination in housing, contact the Fair Housing Project for assistance at (855)-797-3247 or by email at info@fairhousingnc.org. They can assist you in filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or other appropriate administrative or judicial bodies. They can provide free and confidential legal consultation about specific situations.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight StepUp Durham. StepUp Durham offers a variety of employment readiness workshops that teach the skills needed to find and sustain employment. The classes are designed specifically for individuals facing barriers to finding employment, such as a criminal background or gaps in employment history. StepUp connects job seekers with StepUp partner employers while participants execute the skills they have learned to further their own job search.

If you are interested in their next job skills workshop register here or call their office at 919-973-0890.

May Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

May 1-19:

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

CLOSED May 22-30

Summer office hours begin May 31.

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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 May 22-31

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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March Newsletter: Join the CEF Team!

Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens in our Community

Thank you for helping us celebrate!

Last month, CEF hosted the 2023 Share the Love Art Show & Celebration of Black Queens in our Community. Congratulations to Lorie Clark, Betty Curry, Dorothy Hardin, Dawna Jones, Carolyn Suit, and Katina Welsh! We are so inspired by your work in our community.

And, a big thank you to Julius Alston, Cameron George, David Lyle, Heather Nash, Isabella Ochoa, Sandra Heard, Tonya Whitfield, and Bruce Westbrook for sharing your amazing art and talents with us.

This month you can follow along on CEF’s social media as we celebrate Women’s History Month by hearing from the Queens about the women in their lives who inspire them. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @communityef or on Linked In.

Join our team

CEF is Hiring!

Four Full-Time Positions!

Are you passionate about building relationships and making a positive impact in your community? CEF is seeking kind, collaborative individuals with the curiosity to drive their professional growth. We are currently hiring for four full-time positions!

The Development & Communications Manager will lead development and communication efforts as CEF continues to grow its reach in the community.

The Finance & Operations Manager will oversee financial management and oversight, manage CEF’s financial coaching & Safe Savings programs, and ensure the organization is complying with all audit and legal recommendations.

The Advocacy Manager will manage CEF’s advocacy efforts, in alignment with CEF’s Strategic Plan, to ensure that the organization is working towards systemic change, increasing access to affordable housing in our communities.

The Member Services Coordinator stewards all services provided to CEF Members in the Durham office and works collaboratively with the leadership of CEF’s Chapel Hill office to ensure consistent and equitable services across our two geographies.

To learn more and apply to these positions visit our website. Please share with your networks!

Band Together & United Way present the 2023 Mighty Giveback

2023 Mighty Giveback

CEF has been selected as an Impact Partner!

Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle have once again teamed up to present the Mighty Giveback on October 7, 2023 at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh. CEF is proud to be amongst the 20 local nonprofit organizations selected as an Impact Partner. These 20 nonprofits are providing housing solutions and ensuring Triangle residents and families have a safe place to live and thrive. This year’s headliner is four-time Grammy Award Winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit! You can purchase presale tickets with the presale code: Weathervanes

Jessica Cannady – Member Services & Programs Manager

Meet Jess

CEF Member Services & Programs Manager

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

I am the Member Services and Programs Manager for both the Chapel Hill and Durham Offices. In my role, I support program staff, guide program strategy, and manage reporting for Member services and Advocate programs. I support and work collaboratively with staff, Advocates, and Members to promote learning and growth.

What led you to work with CEF generally, and also in this particular role?

CEF’s leadership, commitment to community, racial equity, and economic justice foci were all driving forces that led me to work with CEF. CEF’s focus on relationship building and providing services no matter where Members are on their financial or life journey was also appealing. While crisis services are important, we also have to work collaboratively as a community to think about services that foster long-term sustainability.

Deconstructed Podcast

Tema Okun on Her Mythical Paper on White Supremacy

Last month, on the Deconstructed podcast, Tema Okun revisited her 1999 paper on White Supremacy Culture. Tema discusses the impact of the original article, its misuse, and her 2021 website that works to bring clarity on her intentions for the article and provide tools for each of us working to dismantle white supremacy.

We encourage you to have a listen and explore the tools on Okun’s website.

Resource Alert

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the NC Diaper Bank. The NC Diaper Bank distributes hygiene products through established agencies that work directly with families. Partner agencies in Orange County include the Compass Center, El Centro Hispano, Orange County Health Department, and Orange County DSS. Diapers, feminine hygiene products, and/or adult incontinence supplies are available to clients enrolled in programs at these agencies. At the Compass Center, families may pick up diapers Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight the Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Team (HEART). Durham has four new crisis response pilots operating under the name “HEART.” The intention of these pilots is to “connect people experiencing non-violent mental health crises or quality of life concerns with the right care by sending new responses that better match residents’ needs.” The program consists of the following teams:

  • Crisis Call Diversion: embeds mental health clinicians in Durham’s 911 call center
  • Community Response Team: dispatches unarmed 3-person teams as first responders to non-violent behavioral health and quality of life calls for service
  • Care Navigation: follow-up after initial contact with first responders to connect folks with community-based care
  • Co-Response: pairs clinicians with Durham police officers to respond to certain calls that pose a greater potential safety risk
April Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED April 28

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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 April 28

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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February Newsletter: This Weekend! Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens

Thank You!

Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens in our Community

This Saturday! February 25, 1:00-3:00PMend-of-year campaign!

The planning committee has put all of the final touches on the 2023 Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens in our Community! Please join us at the Carrboro Century Center from 1:00-3:00PM this Saturday, February 25. CEF strongly encourages all attendees to be fully vaccinated and boosted or have a negative COVID-19 test the day of the event. Masks are required and will be provided at the event for anyone that needs one. Registration is encouraged.

We will be honoring the leadership of six amazing Black Queens from our community and enjoying the artistic talents of CEF Members including paintings, pottery, woodworking, mixed media, textiles, and more! The event is free, but capacity is limited.

Join our team

CEF is Hiring!

Four Full-Time Positions!

Are you passionate about building relationships and making a positive impact in your community? CEF is seeking kind, collaborative individuals with the curiosity to drive their professional growth. We are currently hiring for four full-time positions!

The Development & Communications Manager will lead development and communication efforts as CEF continually grows its reach in the community. They will be responsible for sustaining CEF’s development strategy through grants and contracts management, funder relationships, communications stewardship, and donor campaigns and events; creating and posting content to CEF’s social media platforms; creating a monthly newsletter; producing CEF’s Annual Report, and managing all communications and grant processes and documentation. Although most responsibilities may be carried out remotely, some on-site work should be expected, especially for events. The Development & Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director and may supervise volunteer Advocates and Summer Interns. They are a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Finance & Operations Manager will oversee financial management and oversight, manage CEF’s financial coaching & Safe Savings programs, and ensure the organization is complying with all audit and legal recommendations. The Finance & Operations Manager will be responsible for leading organizational budgeting processes, the preparation of financial statements and projections, supervising financial record-keeping and accounting, oversight of CEF’s operating budget, check-writing, and payroll. The Finance & Operations Manager will have a combination of on- and off-site work; some tasks and duties will be performed in both CEF’s Chapel Hill and Durham offices, and other tasks can be completed remotely. The Finance & Operations Manager will report to the Executive Director, lead the Finance Committee, be an active member of the Resources & Financial Coaching team, and is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Advocacy Manager position is a cross geography position that is tasked with managing CEF’s advocacy initiatives, in alignment with CEF’s Strategic Plan. They will work with the Executive Director and frontline staff to determine overall advocacy goals and will provide guidance to ensure CEF’s mission, guiding principles, and values are represented in targeted campaigns and that campaigns and initiatives center on those with lived experience, especially CEF Members. An ideal candidate will not only be passionate about equitable and affordable housing but have demonstrated experience in inspiring others to get involved and advocate for safe and affordable living conditions. The Advocacy Manager is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Member Services Coordinator (MSC) position is a part of the core program staff and co-leads CEF’s Durham office. The MSC stewards all services provided to CEF Members in the Durham office and works collaboratively with the leadership of CEF’s Chapel Hill office to ensure consistent and equitable services across our two geographies. The MSC also maintains 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 will manage special projects specific to needs of Durham 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 teams of volunteers, supervising staff and interns, and participating in and co-facilitating regular team meetings.

To learn more and apply to these positions visit our website here. Please share with your networks!

CEF has been selected to join the Common Future Accelerator 2023 cohort!

Common Future Accelerator

CEF has been selected for the 2023 cohort!

We are so proud to announce that the Community Empowerment Fund has been selected to join the Common Future Accelerator 2023 cohort. We join 9 other BIPOC and woman-led organizations working to solve the racial wealth gap. To learn more about the cohort, visit the link below.

CEF Homebuyers Program: Financial Coaching, HUD-Certified Homebuyer Education, Homeownership Matched Savings, Register Your Interest Here: https://bit.ly/CEFHomebuyers

CEF Homebuyers Program

Working towards homeownership

The CEF Homebuyers Program has been developed to assist Orange and Durham County residents in overcoming barriers to homeownership and transitioning into safe, permanent housing. By supporting Savers in achieving financial stability and building equity, the program is intended to serve as a tool for lessening the racial-wealth gap in our community.

The Homebuyers Program has three components:

    - Financial Coaching

    - HUD-Certified Homebuyer Education

    - Homeownership Matched Savings

To be eligible for participation, community members must meet the following criteria:

    - Live in Durham or Orange County

    - Fall at or below 80% of the Area Median Income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    - For the duration of the program, remain listed as a tenant on a rental lease agreement.

Who is encouraged to apply? This program is best suited to community members who see themselves living in the are for five or more years and have been stably employed for over one year. Those receiving Housing Choice Vouchers in Orange County are encouraged to apply, as the Orange County Housing Authority has recently established a Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership option. Apply at the link below!

Durham Housing Debt Assistance- To support Durham residents in settling housing debts related to COVID-19. Past-due utilities, Past-due rent, Mortgage delinquency, Eviction costs

CEF Durham Housing Debt Assistance

Housing Debt Assistance

CEF has received funding to support Durham residents in settling housing debts related to COVID-19. This includes past-due utilities, past-due rent, mortgage delinquency, and eviction costs. There is no limit to the request amount; however, all debts must have been accumulated AFTER February 2020 and the Housing Debt Assistance Fund can only be accessed once.

To be eligible for the Durham Housing Debt Assistance Fund, community members must meet the following criteria:

    - Complete CEF New Member Orientation and be a Member for at least 30 days.

    - Have a budget on file with CEF that was completed or updated in the last 30 days

    - Live in Durham County, North Carolina

    - Have incurred housing-related debt while living in Durham County, North Carolina

    - Fall at 80% or below of the Area Median Income (AMI) according to the 2022 HUD Adjusted Limits

For more information contact the CEF Durham office at 919-797-9233. Interested in becoming a CEF Durham Member? Fill out this intake form.

Resource Alert

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month

This month, Imanie would like to highlight Families and Communities Rising. Families and Communities Rising offers children’s programs and family support in Orange and Durham Counties including resources to help families find and afford childcare, literacy, and therapeutic services for children.

They offer multiple programs including:

    - The Durham and Orange County Head Start and Early Head Start programs – free daycare and pre-K for children birth to Kindergarten age.

    - The ARCH National Respite Network – respite day care for caregivers who need a break.

    - FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP).

    - KidSCope – Painting classes, wraparound and therapeutic services for children.

    - Orange County Family Resource Centers.

For more information give them a call at 919-490-5577.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The SCSEP works to get low income seniors into the workforce. Partnering agencies/employers train participants on-the-job, while SCSEP pays for their work at the company. While working, seniors gain job skills and some short-term income, and ideally permanent employment with the placement site.

To be eligible for the program you must be unemployed, 55 years of age or older, income at 125% of the poverty level or below, and have a valid ID and Social Security card.

Participants usually work with several host organizations (4-6 weeks at each) to learn a diverse set of skills. Participants also always have the support of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging- SCSEP staff if counseling is needed. For North Carolina residents you can sign up here and a representative will be in contact.

March Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED Wed 3/15 and Fri 3/17, Reduced Capacity Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, & 5:00-7:00 pm

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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

Thursday 3/16: No Prime Time!

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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January Newsletter: Save the Date 2023 Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens

Thank You!

Thank you for your support!

We raised $138,014.65 during our end-of-year campaign!

All of the funds raised will be used to support CEF’s work to end the racial wealth gap and empower community by supporting Members in reaching their employment, housing, and finance goals. Thank you for helping us build a joyful community!

We literally couldn’t do this work without you.

Share the Love: A Celebration of Black Queens in our Community & Art Show

Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens in our Community

Save the Date February 25, 1-3PM

We are just one month away from the annual Share the Love Art Show and Celebration of Black Queens in our Community! Please save the date and join us at the Carrboro Century Center from 1-3PM on Saturday, February 25. CEF strongly encourages all attendees to be fully vaccinated and boosted or have a negative COVID-19 test the day of the event. Masks are required and will be provided at the event for anyone that needs one. Registration is encouraged.

We will be honoring the leadership of six amazing Black Queens from our community and enjoying the artistic talents of CEF Members & Advocates. The event is free, but capacity is limited.

We’re Hiring

CEF is Hiring!

Two Positions & Summer Internships

Are you passionate about building relationships and making a positive impact in your community? CEF is seeking kind, collaborative individuals with the curiosity to drive their professional growth. We are currently hiring for a full-time position Member Services Coordinator-Durham, as well as Summer Interns in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The Member Services Coordinator (MSC) position is a part of the core program staff and co-leads CEF’s Durham office. The MSC stewards all services provided to CEF Members in the Durham office and works collaboratively with the leadership of CEF’s Chapel Hill office to ensure consistent and equitable services across our two geographies. The MSC also maintains 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 will manage special projects specific to needs of Durham 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 teams of volunteers, supervising staff and interns, and participating in and co-facilitating regular team meetings.

Additionaly, applications for CEF’s Summer Internship are now open! There are part- and full-time opportunitites in both Chapel Hill and Durham. Applications close in Chapel Hill on February 12 and in Durham on February 19!

To learn more and apply to these positions visit our website here. Please share with your networks!

Donna Receives 2023 King Leader Award!

43rd Annual MLK Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

CEF Executive Director, Donna Carrington, was honored at the 43rd annual MLK Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Durham. Donna received the prestigious King Leader Award recognizing her as a leader in our community that exemplifies Dr. King’s passionate commitment to transformation and justice. At CEF, we know firsthand Donna’s commitment to this work and we are so happy to see her hard work and passion uplifted by the wider community. Read more about the celebration here.

Emily Simpson-Keyes,
Member Assistance Funds Manager

Meet Emily

Member Assistance Funds Manager at CEF

We asked Emily a few questions about her role at CEF:

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

“While providing direct financial assistance is not CEF’s primary mission, we do have a pool of resources dedicated to supporting Members as they work towards their goals. This pool is growing to include a homebuyers savings program and eviction debt assistance fund. As the Member Assistance Funds Manager, I will be responsible for developing an equitable and transparent process for distributing these funds as well as working with Members and Advocates to ensure that they know these resources are available.”

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

“As a social worker, I have been trained to approach my work through a lens of systems thinking, and I feel I naturally bring a level of empathy and vulnerability to this role. However, I am most grateful for my previous experience as an Advocate. The role required me to “take off my professional hat,” decenter myself, and learn from the wisdom and experience of Members. I plan to approach my Staff role in much the same way. I’m excited to continue building on the relationships that I established as an Advocate!”

Join the Advocacy Choir!

Join the Advocacy Choir!

We’re looking for new members! (Including Piano/Keyboard Players)

Ms. Yvette is getting the CEF Advocacy Choir back together! If you’re interested in using your musical talents in support of CEF’s advocacy initiatives, focused on affordable housing, please call (919-200-0233) or email (yvettem@communityef.org) Ms. Yvette. We’re especially in need of a wide range of beautiful voices and someone to play the keys. All are welcome!

Seeking Artists 2023 Share the Love Art Show

Seeking Artists for the 2023 Share the Love Art Show

Nominations close at midnight on January 15, 2023

Do you paint, draw, photograph, write poetry, or pursue some other creative outlet? Come display your work with the CEF community at the 2023 Share the Love Art Show! Just contact Steven (stevenh@communityef.org) and let him know you are interested. The art show will be displayed at the celebration of Black Queens in our Community on February 25, 2023 at the Carrboro Century Center.

First in Families NC & El Futuro

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight First in Families NC (FIFNC). FIFNC is a grassroots family support initiative founded by families looking for new ways to provide and receive support. They support individuals and families living with disabilities to meet self-determined wellness goals, by leveraging relationships and resources, and encouraging reciprocity in their communities.

FIFNC offers a wide variety of programs to complement formal services, help when other support is not available, and serve as a bridge to the community.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight El Futuro. With offices in Durham and Siler City El Futuro provides mental health services and substance abuse treatment for Latinos. Clients will experience an environment sensitive to Latino culture and find services to address their unique needs.

El Futuro services include:

  • Mental Health Evaluations
  • Individual, Family, and Group Therapy
  • Psychiatric Treatment
  • DWI Assessment and Treatment
  • Parenting classes, social skills classes, and DBT Skill Classes
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Trauma Treatment (all ages)

They accept Medicaid, Health Choice, and other insurances, but also serve those who do not have insurance.

February Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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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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December Newsletter: CEF Needs Your Talents!

Holiday Campaign

Help CEF raise $150,000 by December 31!

Can you believe we’re just nine days away from 2023!? We hope you are having a warm and happy holiday season. Our Holiday Campaign is almost over and we need your support to reach our $150,000 goal. So far we have raised 67% and have $49,529.03 left to go. All donations go towards CEF’s work to end the racial wealth gap by supporting Members in reaching their goals around housing, finance, employment, and more! Thanks to a group of committed CEF donors, all donations up to $44,900 will be matched dollar-for-dollar through December 31, 2022. Donate today at the link below! Please share with your friends and family, every dollar helps!

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

CEF is hiring!

Join the CEF Team2 Positions & New Compensation Packages

Are you passionate about building relationships and making a positive impact in your community? CEF is seeking kind, collaborative individuals with the curiosity to drive their professional growth. We are currently hiring for two positions, Member Services & Programs Manager (MSPM) and Member Services Coordinator (MSC)- Durham.

The MSPM is a key position at CEF requiring a strong background in management. This position is focused on supporting CEF’s program staff in Durham and Chapel Hill and guiding program strategy. The MSPM 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. This position will have responsibility onsite in Durham and Chapel Hill, with flexibility for some off-site work. This position will report directly to the Executive Director.

The Member Services Coordinator (MSC) position is a part of the core program staff and co-leads CEF’s Durham office. The MSC stewards all services provided to CEF’s Members in the 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 maintains CEF Durham’s relationships with a wide variety of local service providers, and represents CEF in collaborative spaces within Durham County’s human services systems, and will manage special projects specific to the Durham geography. 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 teams of volunteers, supervising staff and interns, and participating in and co-facilitating regular staff team meetings.

To learn more and apply to these positions visit our website here. Please share with your networks!

Join the Advocacy Choir!

Join the Advocacy Choir!

We’re looking for new members! (Including Piano/Keyboard Players)

Ms. Yvette is getting the CEF Advocacy Choir back together! If you’re interested in using your musical talents in support of CEF’s advocacy initiatives, focused on affordable housing, please call (919-200-0233) or email (yvettem@communityef.org) Ms. Yvette. We’re especially in need of a wide range of beautiful voices and someone to play the keys. All are welcome!

Nominations are open for the 2023 Black Queens in our Community | Save the Date February 25, 2023

Nominate the 2023 Black Queens in our Community

Nominations close at midnight on January 15, 2023

To be nominated your Black Queen must identify as a Black Woman and live or work in Durham or Orange County, NC. The Black Queens in our community stand out as warriors for affordable housing, criminal justice reform, breaking barriers to access, and so much more. After the nomination deadline CEF Members will decide who the Black Queens are and they will be honored at an event on February 25, 2023 at the Carrboro Century Center. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, January 15. You can find the nomination form here.

Seeking Artists 2023 Share the Love Art Show

Seeking Artists for the 2023 Share the Love Art Show

Nominations close at midnight on January 15, 2023

Do you paint, draw, photograph, write poetry, or pursue some other creative outlet? Come display your work with the CEF community at the 2023 Share the Love Art Show! Just contact Steven (stevenh@communityef.org) and let him know you are interested. The art show will be displayed at the celebration of Black Queens in our Community on February 25, 2023 at the Carrboro Century Center.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program & Eviction Diversion Program

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Imanie would like to highlight the Orange County Eviction Diversion Program. Orange County residents and families facing eviction can seek assistance through the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP). The EDP can help with eviction cases and accessing Emergency Housing Assistance funds for rental assistance, past due utilities, deposits, and application fees. Orange County residents may have a lawyer review your case and offer legal advice for free, but representation is not guaranteed. To learn more or find the intake form click here.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, the Durham office would like to highlight the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. Households with a person aged 60 or older or a disabled person receiving services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to sign up for assistance from December 1 through 31. All other households may apply from January 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted. Households that meet the following criteria may be eligible:

  • Have at least one US citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria.
  • Meet an income test.
  • Have reserves at or below $2,250.
  • Be responsible for its heating costs.

To apply visit or contact your local Department of Social Services.

Durham County DSS

Orange County DSS

January Office Hours

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Reduced Hours January 10-13:

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

Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm

New, expanded hours starting January 17:

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

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: January 2 through January 6, January 13, January 16

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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: January 2 through January 6, January 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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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

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