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

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


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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