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


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.


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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