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 BOOK HARVEST, 2501 University Dr, bookharvestnc.org:
Encourage literacy and help surround needy kids with books by participating in Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive on Monday, January 15. Individuals, schools, workplaces, civic groups, and families are asked to drop by Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) between 1 and 4pm to donate children’s books. If you don’t have time to drop books off on January 15, you can help the following groups with theirs: Drop off children’s books on any workday at the Bouncing Bulldogs (101 White Oak Dr), Carolina Friends School (4809 Friends School Rd), Beth El Synagogue (1004 Watts St), Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St), the Museum of Life and Science (433 W Murray Ave), or Duke Memorial UMC (504 W Chapel Hill St). Click here for more locations and to learn how to run a book drive in your neighborhood.
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 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 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 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. Be sure to click the links and sign up online so they can make sure there’s room for all. Additional free and paid classes and seminars are listed on the website:
Please note: Because of the holidays, the links for registering for the classes and webinars have yet to be approved. They will be provided by January 9.
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 KEEP DURHAM BEAUTIFUL, 2011 Fay St, 919-354-2729; website:
It’s that time again—time to apply for Keep Durham Beautiful’s winter Community Grant Program. KDB is looking for individuals, community groups, businesses, and others who don’t mind volunteering to come up with and put into action projects/activities with a focus on litter prevention, recycling/waste reduction, beautification, and/or community greening.
Grants of up to $500 are available (or a reimbursement basis) for each project. While you prepare your grant application, keep these terms in mind, to help them see the value of your project and increase the chance of being chosen: Impact on the community, community/volunteer involvement, partnerships of neighbors and organizations, environmental sustainability (such as recycling, using native plants, etc), innovation/creativity, community building, project maintenance (making sure the project continues to look nice throughout the year), and matching (getting organizations, neighbors, and businesses to help fund the project; the funds will be reimbursed by the grant).
The grant application deadline is Wednesday, January 31. The decisions will be made in mid-March and projects are expected to be implemented between March and July. Call, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here for more info.
from the NC WORKS CAREER CENTER, 1105 S Briggs Ave, 919-560-6880; website:
from the STRAIGHT TALK SUPPORT GROUP AND RESOURCE CENTER TRANSITIONAL HOUSE, 1101 N Mangum St, 919-599-3370; website:
An Open House/Preview Tour of the new Straight Talk Support Group and Resource Center Transitional House will take place on Monday, January 15, 10am–4pm. Still in development, this facility will house a maximum of 16 men coming out of prison. They will reside there for a certain amount of time (depending on the person) and will receive training that will be designed to lead to employment and reentry into the community. This will also be the site for support group meetings, where family members can share ideas and help each other as their loved-ones readjust to post-prison life. Straight Talk founder Bessie Elmore explains that people with family members who will be released soon and anyone wanting to help as a financial supporter or resources provider should definitely take a look and meet the team.
The Straight Talk Resource Center Transitional House will house ex-offenders dormitory style, and needs help from the community in making it a true home. If you can help by donating any of the following, it would be greatly appreciated: dishes, bedding, knick-knacks, art, books and magazines, and anything else you feel that someone starting over would like. Call, write to email@example.com or visit the website for more info.