June Newsletter: 10th anniversary of CEF’s Financial Independence Day!

Donate Now A $10 donation will aid CEF in our ongoing work ending the racial wealth gap by supporting Members in reaching their employment, housing, and financial goals What are you waiting for? Act now during our Spring Appeal! 55% Goal 20K Text "GIVECEF" to 44-321 or visit linktr.ee/communityef to get started!

Spring Appeal Last Chance!

We have raised $11,725 so just $8,275 to go!

We are almost at the end of our 2021 Spring Appeal and still need your help to meet our goal! New and returning donors will be matched for up to $5,000 thanks to Epworth United Methodist and an anonymous donor! Can you donate now to help us finish strong!

Already donated? There are still ways you can support us in meeting our goal! Please like and share Spring Appeal posts you see pop up on our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Share our Facebook fundraiser with your friends (add a little note about why CEF’s work is important to you!), and forward this newsletter to friends who might be interested in supporting CEF’s ongoing work to end the racial wealth gap!

Thanks to everyone who has already donated and supported us during this year’s Spring Appeal!

The Center for Intentional Leadership Presents: The Piggy Bank Bash
The Center for Intentional Leadership Presents: The Piggy Bank Bash

2021 Piggy Bank Bash

Registration is open! Is your business interested in sponsoring?    

CEF’s 2021 Piggy Bank Bash will be held virtually this year on Monday, November 8 from 6:00-7:00PM EST. Tickets are free, registration is required. The Piggy Bank Bash is CEF’s annual fundraiser and all donations will support CEF’s work in Durham and Orange Counties. Visit the website to register for the 2021 Piggy Bank Bash presented by The Center for Intentional Leadership.

Sponsorships are still available for businesses at the Premier and Community Sponsor levels. You can check out the sponsorship benefits on the registration page here. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact: ari rosenberg, Director of Development and Finance, at arir@communityef.org

Come Celebrate! Financial Independence Day 2021
June 26 from 5-7pm
music, activities, cookout food
Everyone is welcome!
We'll be encouraging people to distance and wear masks to accommodate COVID safety!
Please RSVP at linktr.ee/communityef
Hargraves Community Park
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC

Financial Independence Day 2021!

This year marks 10 years since CEF’s first Financial Independence Day!

The people of CEF declared independence from the oppression and tyranny of the unjust financial system, whose banks are built on the backs of poor people and nations. Join us in celebration of a financial system that upholds justice, equality, and people, June 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Hargraves Community Park.

Financial Independence Day is a celebration to honor the hard work that CEF Members are putting in to achieve financial stability and independence. We will honor CEF Members who have reached their Safe Savings Goals since January 2021. The event includes cookout food, activities, and music.

Everyone is welcome! This includes anyone who has ever been a CEF Member or Advocate, community partners, and your family and friends!

Please fill out the RSVP form if you will be in attendance.

We’ll be encouraging people to distance and wear masks to accommodate COVID safety. Unfortunately, we are choosing not to give rides this year because of COVID, but we hope to return to this next year. If you need support figuring out how you will get to FID, please give our Chapel Hill Office a call at 919-200-0233

We Are Hiring! Advocacy & Community Building Manager This is a full time position focused on supporting CEF with managing staff, program strategy, and advocacy strategy while supporting both our Durham and Chapel Hill offices. Apply Now! communityempowermentfund.org/hiring/

CEF is hiring!

Advocacy & Community Building Manager

The Community Empowerment Fund is seeking a full-time Advocacy & Community Building Manager that will work with both our Durham and Chapel Hill offices. Are you experienced in community and volunteer organizing? Do you have supervisory skills? Are you excited to join an organization working to end the racial wealth gap by supporting people experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity? Apply now! Priority deadline is June 30 and applications are accepted until the position is filled.

CEF Durham Food Pantry Free and fresh food available at the CEF Durham office: 2364 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, NC 27707 Delivery available first come first served Friday 1:00-3:00PM visit linktr.ee/communityef to fill out the delivery form. Questions? Email dufoodpantry@communityef.org or call 919-797-9233

CEF Durham Food Pantry

Free and Fresh at the CEF Durham Office

Please come to the Durham office to pick up free and fresh food. Available items include fresh produce, dairy, meat, soup, pasta, beans, bread, and more. The freshest produce is provided by the kindness of local farms, such as Lil’ Farm (you can get their produce every Saturday at the Durham Farmers’ Market or order a CSA share today for weekly delivery). CEF Food Pantry Delivery is available Fridays from 1:00-3:00PM and is first come first served. Click the link below to sign-up.

Resource Alert: Emergency Broadband Benefit & Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Resources of the Month

Orange County Resource of the Month:

This month, Diiv would like to highlight Medicaid Ombudsman and Medicaid Enrollment Broker which will help folks with newly privatized Medicaid plans enroll, change their enrollments, and navigate their benefits statewide! New Medicaid plans take effect July 1st and the last day to change health plans without a special reason or until next recertification is September 30.

Durham County Resource of the Month:

This month, Debbie would like to continue highlighting the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The ERAP is open to all Durham Residents that make 80% Area Median Income or less and are obligated to pay rent for a residential dwelling. Applicants must have experienced a hardship due to COVID-19 and demonstrate a risk of housing instability or homelessness. All applicants will need an email address to register.

The Community Empowerment Fund will support anyone in need of assistance with an application. If you are in need of assistance pleasecontactourDurham office at 919-797-9233. The application can be found at https://durhamerap.dconc.gov/cares

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award numbers ERA0207, awarded to the City of Durham, and ERA0422, awarded to Durham County, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Office Availability Updates

CEF Durham’s Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm except July 22

Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Durham ERAP Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CLOSED: July 2, 5


CEF Chapel Hill’s Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday-Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thurs: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

CLOSED: July 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.

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