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

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 ( 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 ( 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


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.


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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