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 — 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 the DURHAM CENTER FOR SENIOR LIFE, 919-688-8247, website:
If you can help out with donations to the Food Pantry, that would be greatly appreciated. Needy seniors are glad they they know they can count on receiving food from the Center when needed. Here’s the schedule for what can be donated and when:
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 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:
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 DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 511 Cleveland St, website:
The annual Durham Public Schools Art Show, featuring a selection of the best drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, collages, photographs, and multimedia works by k-12 students, will be on display throughout Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) from Wednesday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 23. Click here for more info and to see a couple of samples.
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. 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 the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS, website:
United States Postal Service employees want to help feed families in need with a Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. They’re asking people who’d like to join them in this endeavor to buy nonperishable food and leave it in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 12. Mail carriers will collect the food and help deliver them to hungry families in the community. This food drive is made possible with the participation of these partners: the US Postal Service, AFL-CIO, United Way, Valpak, Valassis, and local food pantries. Click here for more info.
from the NC HIPHOP FESTIVAL, website:
Up-and-coming artists are invited to take part in the NC Hiphop Festival Auditions on Thursdays, May 10 and 24, 5:30–8:30pm, at the Hayti Heritage Center (Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Contestants can audition for any one of four categories—DJ battle/producer battle, emcee battle, hiphop dance, and hiphop performance. The festival will take place in Durham on Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. After paying a fee of $40, each participant will receive a free general admission pass to the festival. Artists will be competing for a spot on the Main Stage, and the top three acts will be voted on by K97.5fm listeners a week before the festival. Be sure to have your music available in mp3 form on a flash (thumb) drive. Click here to sign up and click here to visit the NC Hiphop Festival Facebook event page.
from NC MomsRising, website:
Physical education (PE) programs vary from school to school, and many parents feel that their kids aren’t given enough opportunities to exercise and let off steam. Physical education is actually an essential part of students’ well-being and can lead to better concentration (and ideally better grades). MomsRising is asking parents/grandparents/guardians to fill out the NC Alliance for Health’s Physical Education Survey. Tell them about your child’s experience with PE, and at the same time, enter into a competition where the winner is awarded PE equipment for the school of his or her choice.
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 PLAYHOUSE TOYS, 702 Ninth St, 919-699-1236:
Donna Frederick, owner of Playhouse Toys, has announced that the toy store is out of business and that she’s relaunching her Ninth St space to accommodate local entrepreneurs, artists, craftspersons, and/or vegan foodies. Spaces will be available pop-up style and the rent will be divided among the tenants. The store is situated on a stretch of Ninth St that gets excellent foot and vehicle traffic and is within walking distance of Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, FedX, and Duke’s East Campus. If you’re interested in participating in this new venture and showcasing your art or products, call or text Donna for more info.