from the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 800-227-2345 x1, website:
The Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from cancer-related treatments for Durham County residents. You need to give at least four business days’ notice, with the date, time, and location of your appointment. This service operates on weekdays, 8am to 5pm, and it relies on volunteer drivers—so if you have the time and ability to offer assistance as a driver, please click here for more information. Drivers might not be able to accommodate physically disabled patients, but it’s usually okay to take a friend/family member who can help you in and out the vehicle.
from the AMERICAN RED CROSS — CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER, 4737 University Dr, Durham, 919-489-6541,
Have you ever said, “One of these days I’m gonna learn first aid”? The American Red Cross holds classes at their facility on University Dr and online classes with one-day classroom components. Those classes are listed below. Check the website for the online-only classes, which you can take at your convenience. Pay for the classes at the office or online:
Visit redcross.org/nc/raleigh for the Triangle Area Chapter’s classes, which are held in Raleigh.
from the CITY OF DURHAM:
There are a lot of new job openings with the City, some of which are seasonal (with quickly approaching application deadline dates). If you’re looking for part-time or full-time work, check out the list and see what jobs appeal to you. When you click on the job title, you can see the job requirements and responsibilities, salary, and hours. You can even apply online. Good luck with your job search!
from the CITY OF DURHAM — CIVILIAN POLICE REVIEW BOARD, City Manager’s office, 101 City Hall Plz, 919-560-4222, website:
Anyone interested in serving on the City of Durham’s Civilian Police Review Board is encouraged to help fill the five vacancies by filing an application by the Monday, March 26, 5pm deadline. The board hears appeals of complaints filed by Durham residents about certain police actions. So if an investigation into the matter by the Durham Police doesn’t satisfy the complainant, he or she can ask the board to look into whether the investigation was carried out correctly. The board members look at the written evidence (submitted by both the resident and the police) and decide whether a hearing needs to be held. (And then the board’s findings are turned over to the city manager for his decision.)
Applicants to the Civilian Police Review Board must meet three criteria:
Click here for more info and to download an application; contact the chairman, DeWarren K Langley, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-423-8089 if you have more questions.
from the CITY OF DURHAM — ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, 807 E Main St, 919-560-4965, website:
Young people ages 14 through 24 who think they’d like to get a job this summer are invited to attend the SummerWork Youth Job Expo on Saturday, March 3, 10am–noon, at the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N Driver St). Find out what opportunities will be available in just a few short months, learn how to put together a resumé, and take part in job-readiness workshops. It’s free; call 919-560-4965 for more info.
UPDATE: James Dickens, the senior employment program coordinator, explained that young people who missed the job expo can still find summer jobs, as long as they fill out a YouthWork Internship Program application online by the Sunday, March 18 midnight deadline. Click here to get started. After the application is received, there will be an interview and screening to help match the job or internship with the interests of the applicant.
from the CITY OF DURHAM — SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT:
You can drop off Hazardous Household Waste on Tuesdays and Wednesdays noon to 6pm, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30am to 3pm, and Saturdays 7:30am to 3pm, at 1900 E Club Blvd. They'll take paint, used motor oil, pesticides, fertilizers, pool cleaner, strong cleansers, stains, varnishes, and fluorescent bulbs. If necessary, wrap the containers with newspapers to absorb spills and place them cardboard boxes for safe transport. For individuals only, not commercial users. Call the City of Durham—Environmental Resources Dept at 919-560-4381 or visit City of Durham—Hazardous Waste for more info.
from DURHAM COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE:
Durham County Fire & Rescue offers a free service where you can have someone carefully check over the child seat that you use in your car or van. There's no industry standard when it comes to their operation and installation and parents are often surprised to find out that they haven’t installed their child seat correctly. The Durham Fire Department no longer offers this service but three of the County stations do:
Be sure to call to make an appointment.
from the DURHAM COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND:
Tom Shaffer, leader of the Durham Community Concert Band, invites all interested musicians to consider joining. The band performs at local events and welcomes musicians of all ages and skill levels. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 7:15–9:15pm, in the Durham Arts Council Building’s IBM Rehearsal Room (120 Morris St). Feel free to drop by; no audition is required. Click here for more info, and visit their YouTube page to see the band in action.
from DURHAM COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTEES, 1208 W Chapel Hill St, 919-490-0063, dclt.org:
DCLT is in need of general contractors and subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, painters, concrete installers, drywall, masons, framers, roofers, etc) for housing renovation and repair projects. Call to make that connection.
from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
It’s already turning out to be a super-cold winter. Not all of us are equipped to handle the near-zero nighttime temps and the ensuing high heating bills. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LiEAP) is federally funded and is offered locally by the Durham County Department of Social Services. The way it works is that one month’s heating bill will be paid for eligible households. (That means households with incomes that are 138% of the Federal Poverty Level: $19,127 for a one-person household; $25,765 for two; $32,402 for three; $39,040 for four, etc.)
If you believe you are eligible and you do need help with your heating bill, you are encouraged to go to the old DSS building (212 E Main St) on a weekday between 8:30am and 4pm. No appointment is necessary. Durham DSS LiEAP specialists will look at three criteria—income, the heating bill, and the number of people living in the home. The bill must be in the name of you or someone else in the household; if it isn’t, an explanation is needed explaining the situation. If the DSS has already met capacity for the day you stop by, you’ll probably get an application to be brought in one another day. (Obviously, I would suggest that you go during morning hours.)
from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
DSS has a new mobile app, which you can use to complete and send applications for Food & Nutrition Services, Work First benefits, and Medicaid. You can also send documents for Crisis/Emergency Assistance applications. Grab your cell phone and go to dssmobile.dconc.gov. You’ll need to enter your date of birth and either your social security number or county case number. The DSS Mobile App is a secure website. By using the camera on your cell phone, you’ll be able to “Click It! Snap It! Send It” and save lots of time and effort.
from DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION, 400 Cleveland St, 919-560-4355, website:
If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, you can sign up online to help with any (or all) of DPR’s special events, including the Earth Day Festival, Senior Games, Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, Latino Fiesta, Barktoberfest, Holiday Fun Fest, Holiday Parade, and more.
from the DURHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT, website,
Some bad guys out there are posing as Durham Police Department officers and scamming local residents. They are calling people and demanding payments for warrants or unpaid fines. What should send up a red flag is the fact that these “officers” are directing people to send the payments to an account. That’s not how the system works, but not everyone knows this. A phone number starting with the familiar “560” fools people, but the criminals are simply using spoofing software to make you think you’re getting a call from the police (or other City of Durham personnel). If you receive a phone call like this, just hang up. No one from the City should ever be calling residents asking for personal information or demanding payments. But if you have information that could lead to an arrest, please contact the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit at 919-560-4440.
from the DURHAM SOLIDARITY CENTER, 1803 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite C, email@example.com, website:
The Durham Solidarity Center recently held an open house at its new location in the Lakewood community. Totally run by volunteers, the center supports the efforts of social justice workers and organizations. Sound equipment—microphones (both wired and wireless), portable PAs, speakers with speaker stands, and large and small bullhorns—can be borrowed from the DSC office; they’ll also show you how to use the equipment. Supplies, including legal-observer hats, vests for marshals, first-aid supplies, candles and glowsticks for vigils, dropcloths for banner making, and pop-up tents, can also be provided for protests.
The DSC’s conference and coworking space can be used for meetings, film screenings, and planning space; ask about details on coworking weekly rates and one-time rentals. The space comes with portable projectors, easels, a button maker, and a large library of subversive and otherwise helpful materials. Click here to reserve the conference room.
from DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE’s RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) (1637 Lawson St)
Here is the official schedule for the VITA free tax assistance program, where most individuals with an income of $54,000/year or less are eligible for having their annual taxes done free of charge. Be sure to check the bottom of this flyer before going in order to make sure that you have the necessary paperwork.
from DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE’s SMALL BUSINESS CENTER (SOUTHBank Building, 500 W Main St, 919-536-7241 x4505, website)
Durham Tech’s Small Business Center offers classes, seminars, and webinars for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs who want to ensure their success in business. Here are a few of the free seminars. Click here to register. Additional free and paid classes and seminars are listed on the website:
from the FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY:
Former President Obama’s HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) ends December 31, 2018. Administered by the FHFA, HARP has been extended twice and helps homeowners whose mortgages are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac save money through refinancing. This takes time and preparation, so don’t wait too long to check this out.
from the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S OFFICE OF CONSUMER INFORMATION:
You might have heard about the security breach of Equifax, one of the three services used to determine the creditworthiness of American consumers. Hackers were able to get in and gain access to millions of people’s private information and passwords. The entire system was vulnerable from mid-May through July, and it took a month for Equifax to even admit that someone had found their way in. It would be worth your while to check to see if your information has been breached—especially when you might be held liable for purchases made in your name. Click here, enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security number, and see if your information has been accessed. If so, you can sign up for a new free monitoring services that’s designed to keep your information safe.
from GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA / NC COASTAL PINES OFFICE, 800-284-4475, website:
This official app can help you locate sellers of Girl Scout cookies by date, GPS or radius (if your location is activated), or map. I was concerned about the low rating and checked with the NC Coastal Pines (local Girl Scout Council) office to find out if the app was worth downloading. I was told that unlike some girl scout troops, our local troops’ cookie-selling campaigns are fairly well coordinated and organized, which makes the app more accurate. The Girl Scout Cookie Finder app is free and can be downloaded from the App Store for iOs and Google Play for Android. If you’re on your desktop or laptop computer, you can click here, enter your zipcode, and locate Girl Scout cookies that way.
The last day for cookie sales will be Sunday, March 4.
from KEEP DURHAM BEAUTIFUL, 2011 Fay St, 919-354-2729; website:
Saturday, March 17 is the first day of Creek Week, an annual observation where special attention is given to our waterways: creeks, rivers, and lakes. Individuals, families, and groups are invited to participate in litter cleanups, hikes, and tours, and to also make connections to local conservation groups. Creek Week is made possible thanks to Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with the City of Durham’s Stormwater Services and nearly two dozen additional cosponsors. Here are a couple of events taking place on that date:
This cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, March 18:
Creek Week ends on Saturday, March 24. Click here to learn more and to see more events.
from the NC WORKS CAREER CENTER, 1105 S Briggs Ave, 919-560-6880; website:
from OPERATION MEDICINE DROP, website:
Formed by a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina, and local law enforcement agencies, Operation Medicine Drop is an initiative that helps people safely dispose of expired and unused medications. A common practice is to flush them down the toilet, but that poisons the waters and endangers wildlife. Simply tossing them in the trash is also a bad idea. Someone could come along, fish them out, and use them as recreation drugs. A large percentage of overdoses and other drug-related problems are actually due to the abuse of over-the-counter medications (some of which have been improperly disposed of).
Operation Medicine Drop provides safe dropoff points for those who want to get rid of their old medications easily and safely. Here are the Durham locations:
from THROUGH THIS LENS, 303 E Chapel Hill St), 919-687-0250; website:
Attention, photographers: There’s a call for entries for Through This Lens’s 6th annual Will Grossman Memorial Photo Competition. This year’s theme is Your Best Images, and all works must be nicely framed and submitted by the Saturday, March 10 deadline. The entry fee is $30 for up to three images, and entries can be dropped off during gallery hours (Tuesday–Friday 10:30am–5:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am–4pm). The grand prize will be $1,000; 2nd prize $350, 3rd prize $250, and there will also be Honorable Mentions and a People’s Choice award. Selected works will be on display from Saturday, March 31 (opening reception from 2 to 4pm) to Sunday, May 13.
Photographers can enter from 15 to 30 works in the One Person Exhibition Competition at no extra charge. Images can be dropped off on a CD, DVD, or flash drive, or sent via email. The winner will receive $1000 in credit toward future printing or framing orders, and the date of exhibition will be agreed upon between the photographer and Through This Lens.
from the UNITED WAY OF THE GREATER TRIANGLE, 2400 Perimeter Park Dr, #150, in Morrisville, 919-460-8687; website:
Join volunteers from local Rotary clubs, Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, and United Way of the Greater Triangle as they prepare 100,000 meals for the hungry. The 100k Meal Packing Event will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Durham Convention Center (301 W Morgan St, Grand Ballroom III; enter through the Marriott). Everyone will create soup mixes, rice bags, and bean bags for local pantries around the Triangle. Click here for more info and to sign up for one of four shifts: Set Up (7:30–9am), the 9–11am Shift, the 11am–1pm Shift, and Clean Up (1–2pm).
from VETS TO VETS UNITED, 919-683-1360, website:
Led by veterinarian Dr Terry V Morris, this Durham-based nonprofit matches military veterans with companion/therapeutic/service dogs. The vet-and-dog team then train together to form a partnership and help the vet deal with loneliness, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical disabilities, and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whenever you shop online at Amazon, a small percentage (.5%) can be shared with Vets to Vets United if you first go to AmazonSmile, click “Start shopping,” and continue on from there. It’s automatic; you don’t have to do anything else. And during the period from Monday, March 12 to Saturday, March 31, the percentage will be raised to 1.5%. Dr Morris thanks you in advance.