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


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.


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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