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 — NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT SERVICES, 807 E Main St, Building 2, Suite 2-300, Durham, 919-560-1647:
Landlords, property managers, resident managers, and anyone else involved in rental-property management are invited to attend the City’s Landlord Training Workshop on Thursday, October 19, 8am–5pm. Learn about City code enforcement, the Proactive Rental Inspection Ordinance (PRIP), the new Property Management Entrepreneurs Program Plan (PMEP), learn how to manage properties effectively, screen applicants and how to successfully deal with illegal activities that could jeopardize your other tenants and your property. There’s a $10 fee for materials (be sure to pay by check or money order by Monday, October 16); call for more info.
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 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 CROP HUNGER WALK, website:
World Food Day is Monday, October 16, and the folks from Durham CROP Hunger Walk invite you to eat at one of its partner restaurants. If you do so, 10% will be donated to local hunger-fighting agencies.
So far, the restaurants that signed up to participate are Benetis Athena (5410 Hwy 55), City BBQ (208 W Hwy 54), El Chapin (4600 Hwy 15-501, Suite #38), Harvest 18 (8128 Renaissance Pkwy, Suite 114), Joe Van Gogh–Broad St (1104-B Broad St), Joe Van Gogh–Duke (120 Spence Dr/Bryan Center), Joe Van Gogh–West End (114-B W Chapel Hill Rd), Joe Van Gogh–Woodcroft (4711-5A Hope Valley Rd), Only Burger (3710 Shannon Rd #118), Parizade (2200 W Main St), Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant (4711 Hope Valley Rd #1E), Saladelia (4201 University Dr), Skewers Bar and Grill (1013 W Main St), Thai China Buffet (4900 Hwy 55), The Refactory Café (2726 Hwy 15-501), and Vine Sushi and Thai (607 Ninth St). Additional restaurants are joining; get an updated list by clicking here.
from the DURHAM RESCUE MISSION, 919-688-9641, durhamrescuemission.org:
The Durham Rescue Mission plans to distribute $20 gift cards to needy Durham residents who attend their annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner. You can help by making a donation at any one of the Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Stores. Each donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the Mission, which means that your $10 donation will yield a $20 gift card, $20 will yield two, and $100 will yield 10. Click here to make your donation online, or drop it off at one of the stores listed below (all have the same telephone number, 919-401-1935):
The Durham Rescue Mission has longterm homeless shelters, and runs programs that include addiction recovery, domestic violence, Biblical counseling, vocational training, job placement, and more. The Men’s Shelter is located at 1201 E Main St, and the Women’s and Children’s Shelter is in the Good Samaritan Inn at 507 E Knox St.
from the DURHAM SOLIDARITY CENTER, 1803 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite C, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
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 the NC WORKS CAREER CENTER, 1105 S Briggs Ave, 919-560-6880; website:
from PRESERVATION DURHAM, 115 Market St #221,
Preservation Durham and the Durham City/County Planning Department are teaming up to collect Durham stories as one way to update a book called the “Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory.” This wonderful book goes neighborhood by neighborhood, showing photos of homes and buildings with short histories of their former inhabitants and businesses. It was last updated in 1982 and is in need of another update. At upcoming meetings you can learn about the open-source online resource, OpenDurham, where you can upload photos and recordings to help tell the stories of communities’ homes, businesses, houses of worship, schools, and more. The next Architectural Inventory Update meeting/workshop will be held on Thursday, September 14, 6–8pm, at the South Regional Library (4505 S Alston Ave). (The last one will be held on November 16 at the East Regional Library.) Your stories are needed, and this is where you can learn how to explore the Open Durham website and add what you know. Check it out today—it’s really fun and fascinating. Click here for more info on the project.