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Commemorative cowbell at the Marry Durham event in downtown Durham NC

Central North Carolina chapter: 4737 University Dr, Bldg 3,


Learn how to save a life and gain other skills that can come in handy in an emergency; after going to the website, click on “Training & Certification” and then “Take a Class”:

  • Adult CPR/AED-R.21—Tuesday, July 2, 9–11:15am, classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Tuesday, July 2, 9am–12:30pm, classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED—Tuesday, July 2, 9am–2pm, classroom, $126

  • Adult CPR/AED-R.21—Friday, July 19, 9–11:15am, classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Friday, July 19, 9am–12:30pm, classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Friday, July 19, 9am–2pm, classroom, $126

  • Adult CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–4pm, classroom, $42

  • Adult CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–4pm, online + classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–4:15pm, classroom, $62

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–4:15pm, online + classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–5pm, classroom, $82

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Friday, July 19, 2:45–5pm, online + classroom, $126

  • Adult CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–10:15am, classroom, $42

  • Adult CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–10:15am, online + classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–10:30am, classroom, $62

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–10:30am, online + classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–11:15am, classroom, $82

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Thursday, July 25, 9–11:15am, online + classroom, $126

  • Basic Life Support—Thursday, July 25, noon–3pm, online + classroom, $92

  • Babysitters Training—Saturday, July 27, 9am–4:30pm, classroom, $97

  • Adult CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 12:15–2:30pm, classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 12:15–3:45pm, classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 12:15–5:15pm, classroom, $126

  • Adult CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–7:15pm, classroom, $42

  • Adult CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–7:15pm, online + classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–7:30pm, classroom, $62

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–7:30pm, online + classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–8:15pm, classroom, $82

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-BL-R.21—Wednesday, July 31, 6–8:15pm, online + classroom, $126

  • Adult CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, August 7, 9–11:15am, classroom, $84

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, August 7, 9am–12:30pm, classroom, $105

  • Adult + Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED-R.21—Wednesday, August 7, 9am–2pm, classroom, $126.

Here are some online-only classes; click here to sign up and to see more classes:

  • Adult, Child, and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED—$37

  • Adult CPR/AED—$37

  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED—$37

  • Advanced Child Care Training—$45

  • Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector—$35

  • Babysitting Basics—$45

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists—$35

  • Cat and Dog First Aid—$25

  • Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED—$37

  • First Aid—$37

  • First Aid for Opioid Overdoses—$20

  • First Aid for Severe Bleeding—$30

  • First Aid for Severe Trauma—$30

  • Water Safety for Parents and Caregiversfree 

  • Seguridad en el Àgua para Padres y Cuidadores (Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers)gratis (free)

  • Until Help Arrives—$40.

*     AED = automated external defibrillator

       CPR = cardiopulmonary resuscitation


2117 E Club Blvd, 919-560-0640, website

APS of Durham (2117 E Club Blvd) offers dog and cat food (and kitty litter) for pet owners in the City of Durham/Durham County facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more info about the Pet Pantry and the link to the online application. You’ll need to be able to pick up your order after being approved and letting them know when you’re available.

If you’re able to help, you can help APS of Durham by donating funds to one or more of their projects: the Pet Pantry (mentioned above), Adoption Assistance (reduction of adoption fees for people in need; covers exams, deworming, immunizations, microchipping, spay/neuter surgeries, heartworm testing (for dogs), and FLV/FIV testing (for cats)), Spay/Neuter service (lessens overpopulation, which can lead to neglect and abandonment), Heartworm Treatment service (gives dogs a second chance to be adopted), or Tiffany/Lifesaving Medical Treatment (helps provide resources for specialized medical treatment instead of giving up on animals with treatable conditions).


2501 University Dr, 252-497-2665, website

Need books for your kids? The Book Harvest has outdoor bookshelves filled with culturally inclusive books for young people from preschool through high school age. The shelves are accessible 24/7 and you’re invited to browse and choose books to take home (and keep). You are also welcome to donate like-new books; there’s a large dropoff box right behind the book shelves.

Inside, they have the Book Harvest Family Space, where parents, grandparents, and their young children can read and/or play with the puppets and magnet wall. The Family Space is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am–5pm, and there’s no admission fee.


2020 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite 30, 919-286-1964, website


Our local Catholic Charities runs the Durham Community Food Pantry in the Lakewood Shopping Center. If you are in need, stop by, register, and if you qualify, receive a week’s worth of groceries to take home. In addition to food, they also have diapers and other supplies (just ask). Once you’re in the system, you can stop by the food pantry once every 30 days. The hours are: Wednesdays 10am–1pm and 5–7pm, and Thursdays 10am–1pm. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and French. Call for more info.


Click on the calendar below to see all of the City of Durham committee, subcommittee, commission, board, and other meetings for the month of July.

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The City of Durham encourages interested citizens to serve on the following boards; if you’re interested, file your application by the following deadlines:

Wednesday, July 10

  • Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission

  • Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board

  • Durham Historic Preservation Commission

  • Durham Sports Commission

Wednesday, July 24

  • Durham Open Space and Trails Commission

  • Durham Planning Commission

  • Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee.

Click here for more info, including the reasons for the vacancies, the expected duties, the meeting schedule, and instructions for filing your application.




The City of Durham has just announced its new Durham Down Payment Assistance Program in an effort to expand homeownership. Eligible low-income individuals and families will be able to apply for up to $20,000 to help with those downpayment and closing costs. These are 0% interest loans, which means you pay back only what you receive. To be eligible, the household income must be less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). This city program will be run by the Community Home Trust, a local nonprofit that focuses of affordable housing. The Durham Down Payment Assistance Program is part of the Forever Home Durham Initiative, which is funded from that $95 million affordable-housing bond that was approved in 2019. Click here to visit the website, and contact Ivelisse Mercado at or 919-967-1545 x302 for more info. Help is available in English and Spanish and can be arranged for other languages.



The City of Durham’s Stormwater & GIS Services has just announced its Septic to Sewer project. Qualifying City residents can see if they can share the costs of replacing their septic systems with connections to the City’s sewer system. The water quality of local groundwater, creeks, and lakes will be greatly improved as the number of septic systems exist are reduced within the Northeast Creek Watershed. After you’re connected, the responsibility for maintaining your private sewer system will then be transferred to a public utility. If you’re worried that you might not be able to afford to participate in this project, visit the Septic to Sewer information page and look for “Financial Hardship.” You could be eligible for additional funds if you’re already enrolled in a Durham County property tax relief program or if your household income is less than (or equal to) twice the Federal poverty income guidelines (or if it’s less than or equal to Durham County's median household income).


Click here for more info and to apply for this new project. You’ll be able to submit your application online, by mail, or in person.


919-560-4186, website


You can drop off Household Hazardous Waste on weekdays 7:30am to 4pm, and Saturdays 7:30am to noon, at 2115 E Club Blvd. They'll take aerosol cans, fire extinguishers (dry chemical only), oil-based paints, cooking oil, used motor oil/petroleum-based products, road flares, lead acid cell batteries (vehicle batteries), antifreeze, pesticides, garden chemicals and fertilizers, gasoline, batteries (alkaline, lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel cadmium (ni-cad) rechargeable), pool cleaner, household cleansers, stains, varnishes, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (small appliances). 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 Department at 919-560-4381 or visit City of Durham—Household Hazardous Waste for more info.

If you’re not sure what you can place in your recycling bin, click here for more info.

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The City’s Department of Water Management is giving away Fat Trapper kits to help keep fats, oils, and grease (including meat juices, salad dressings, and condiments) from clogging up the pipes and causing backups. Included in the kit is a plastic fat trapper receptacle, an aluminum resealable bag, and a metal strainer. Click here to fill out the form for having one mailed to you (you can request a receptacle only, refill bags only, or the whole kit).

One way to save water and lower your water bill is to replace an old toilet (which can use up to 7 gallons per flush) with a modern, efficient one that uses 1.28 gallons or less. The City has a Toilet Rebate Program that rewards the purchase of a High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) with a credit of up to $100 to your water bill. The rebate is restricted to one toilet only, and the toilet must be on the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense list. Apply by providing the original, dated sales receipt/invoice. If you have a plumber handle the purchase and installation of your new toilet, make sure that the invoice is detailed, showing the purchase and the installation cost (because the City will only credit the cost of the toilet itself (up to $100)). Click here for more info and to fill out the application.

CORE (Children Of Restaurant Employees)

national program with main offices in Tennessee and Georgia


As most of us know, many restaurant employees are not highly paid. When there’s a medical crisis, injury, or death in the family, it’s hard to keep up with finances. CORE was set up to help people working in the food and beverage service industry with grants that can be used to help with rent/mortgage, utilities, prescriptions/medical equipment, childcare, funeral expenses, and funds for basic necessities. Click here for more info (in English and Spanish) and to see what they will and will not pay for and what situations they’ll take into consideration. Applications can be submitted online.




Dress for Success helps women who struggle to make the steps up to employment. Sometimes they want to find work or get a better job because they feel held back because they lack a wardrobe that looks professional and gives them confidence. Dress for Success offers the following services, all of which are offered free of charge:


  • Going Places Network—Each woman identifies her strengths, develops her “elevator pitch” (short verbal explanation of what she‘s about), updates her resumé and LinkedIn profile, and creates strong networking skills. She also prepares for job searches by participating in mock interviews.

  • Career and Image Coaching—Each woman gets help with her resumé, her personal “elevator pitch,” and interview preparation. She can then select an outfit for her interview and then can return for a 10-piece wardrobe once she gets a job.

  • Wednesday Webinars—Online lessons teach such concepts as strengthening conversation skills, negotiating salary offers, and developing leadership skills.

  • Transition Industries—Some women are already working but are thinking about switching over to a different industry. This program helps them to identify where their skills align with careers in new industries so they can conduct successful job searches.

  • Senior Planet from AARP/Digital Skills Ready@50+—Older women can gain new skills and learn how to navigate a world that is increasingly online/digital. 


Click here for more info and to see where to sign up.


Dress for Success is best known for the clothing that they provide to unemployed and underemployed women looking toward a better future. If you would like to make a clothing donation, please make sure whatever you donate is in like-new condition, clean, and not more than 5 years old. Click here for more info and to learn where to donate clothing for men. 


919-668-3154,, website


Researchers at Duke Health are conducting a study to see if Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented with cognitive training. The PACT* Study is looking for people age 65+ who would like to volunteer to participate in the study and undergo computerized training exercises that are designed to reduce that risk.


To qualify, participants should be age 65 and older, with no neurological disorders or cognitive impairments and no history of stroke or brain injury. The potential benefits of taking the computerized training exercises can include enhanced mental quickness, improved gait and balance, and protection against depression. The length of the study will be approximately 3 years, with three study visits of up to 2 hours each. The 45 1-hour computer training sessions will be done in your own home.


* PACT = Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training


Click on the calendar to see all of the Durham County committee, commission, advisory council, and other meetings for the month of July.

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Here’s the July 2024 edition of Durham County Utilities News, which is updated quarterly. Click on the image below to read about capital improvement updates, jobs with the county, and more.


414 E Main St, 919-560-7600, website

The folks at the Durham County Department of Public Health, Durham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Durham County Firearm Injury Prevention Partnership want to make sure that gun owners are keeping their families safe by locking them and putting them away when not in use. (Firearms are the leading cause of death in children—even more than car accidents.) They also suggest asking the parents of your kids’ friends if they have firearms in their homes; doing so can serve as a reminder to safely secure them and put them up. Gun owners are invited to call 919-560-7765 and pick up a free gun lock.


414 E Main St, 919-560-8000website

DSS has launched the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help keep water service from being disconnected because homeowners fell behind in paying their bills. If you’re already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Work First services, or you benefited from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), you’re already eligible to participate in this program. Everyone else can get the ball rolling by picking up an application at the information kiosk outside the DSS office (414 E Main St). You can also call 919-560-8000 or click here to apply online. Jump on this immediately if you’re in danger of having your water cut off, if it’s already disconnected, or if you currently have an outstanding water bill.

DSS has a 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 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.

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This department makes sure that residents of Durham County who register for AlertDurham get notifications about severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. When you register, you can choose your mobile phone, home phone, email, or text; you can even choose the order you receive notifications (for example, text first, mobile phone second, etc). For the weather alerts, you can set quiet times so the calls won’t wake you up. If you subscribe to a call-blocking system (by AT&T, Verizon, Nomorobo, CenturyLink, etc), be sure to add 919-560-0660 to your approved caller list. Visit the website to register for AlertDurham emergency notifications.


201 E Main St, Suite 660, 919-560-8285

Durham County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) offers free Vials of LIFE (Lifesaving Information for Emergencies) to anyone who wants to make sure that vital information can easily be found during emergencies. It’s a great way to help ensure that you and your loved ones are protected in times of medical emergencies.

Each Vial of LIFE kit is made up of one labeled bottle (approximately 3 inches tall with a screw-on cap—it looks like an oversized prescription bottle), an instruction sheet, a special business-card-sized magnet and a form to fill out with the following information: Name, address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number, hospital preference, medical history (there’s a list of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, plus a blank space), other medical history/assistive devices, allergies (to medications or otherwise), doctor’s name and phone, advanced directives (like DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), etc), space for listing medications and dosages, health insurance policy info, emergency contacts (names and phone numbers), and a space for additional information.

After filling out the form, you should fold or roll it up, put it in the bottle, and screw the cap on. Then place the bottle somewhere on the top or condiment shelf of your refrigerator so it can be found easily and stick the magnet on the refrigerator door.  If EMS is called to your home, they’ll know to check your refrigerator for a Vial of LIFE magnet, which will then lead them to the Vial of LIFE bottle inside. Emotions can run high, people can get confused, and it’s so important to have one place where vital information can be accessed quickly.

You can get a set for yourself and even get an extra set so you can place a bottle in your vehicle‘s glove compartment. And if you have a family or live with someone, consider getting a Vial of LIFE set for each person (especially for elderly members of your family).

You can pick up your free Vials of LIFE at the Durham County EMS office; call first to make sure they have them in stock. If you can’t stop by, you can order kits by calling Durham One Call (919-560-1200) or via the Durham One Call app, and your order will be mailed to you.




The Men’s Health Council invites men from all walks of life who want to get involved in looking after their own health and well-being. They host monthly community walks in various Durham Parks and Recreation sites, health forums and presentations, and disease prevention and management workshops. If you‘d like to join or need more information, call Joyce Page at 919-560-7109.


Project Lifesaver, website:


Every now and then, we hear about people with special needs who wander off and become lost, which is pretty scary for all involved. Our local Sheriff’s Office is participating in Project Lifesaver, a rapid-response program for finding Durham County residents who have wandered away from home. Here’s how it works: You register your loved-one (with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia, or other related condition) and then have them wear a small transmitter (either a bracelet or anklet). If they go missing, you then contact the Sheriff’s Department and they’ll send out officers to find your loved-one. This service is free, thanks to donations from caring individuals (call 919-560-0871 if you’d like to make one). To download the application, click on the website above and then click on “Project Lifesaver User Agreement.”



The Main Library has had its grand opening, and now all of the libraries are open during regular hours (see below)*. Be sure to have your face mask ready. The meeting and study rooms, water fountains, and one-on-one computer help are unavailable at this time, and in-person programming (special events) aren’t in the works just yet. (You can still visit the website and put books, CDs, and DVDs on reserve to be picked up later.)


  • Main Library—300 N Roxboro St, 919-560-0100

  • East Regional Library—211 Lick Creek Ln, 919-560-0203

  • North Regional Library—221 Milton Rd, 919-560-0231

  • South Regional Library—4505 S Alston Ave, 919-560-7410

  • Southwest Regional Library—3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590

  • Stanford L Warren Branch Library—1201 Fayetteville St, 919-560-0270 (closed for extensive repairs through 2024)

  • Bragtown Family Literacy Center—3200 Dearborn Dr, 919-560-0210.

Here are the current walk-in hours: 

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:30am–8pm (all libraries except Bragtown)

  • Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9:30am–6pm (all libraries except Bragtown)

  • Bragtown hours: Mondays 1–8pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10am–6pm.

* Stanford L Warren is closed for extensive repairs and is scheduled to reopen sometime in 2024.


206 N Dillard St, 919-403-6562 (English), 919-519-3735 (español), website:

Anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence can always have someone to talk to, and when ready, can get help with taking steps to finding a solution. These helplines are available 24/7; if email is preferred, write to


602 E Main St, emergency 911, nonemergency 919-560-4600, Crimestoppers 919-560-1300, website

A rash of vehicle thefts—mostly Hyundais—has made the news lately, thanks to instructions being shared on social media (and the fact that the manufacturer decided to save money by skipping a couple of steps). Hyundai Motor America recently donated 120 steering wheel locks to the Durham Police Department to donate to local Hyundai owners to help deter future thefts (model years 2011 to 2022). Call first to make sure they haven’t all been given away already.

If you’re the victim of a crime and you filed a report with the Durham Police Department, make sure you get a Crime Case Report Number. Also, get the name of the offender and write down the date of the crime. You have the right to ask for an update on the case, and to ask about the status of the offender (whether he or she has been arrested, etc), plus an update on the upcoming trial (and any trial results). You can also ask when any recovered stolen property will be returned to you. Call Durham Police Department Victim Services at 919-560-4951 for more info. Call the NC Victim’s Compensation Department at 919-733-7974 or visit their website if you’re been hurt and would like to be compensated. Call the Durham District Attorney’s Victim Legal Assistant at 919-808-3010 for help with prosecuting your case.

The PAC (Partners Against Crime) meetings, where you can share information on what’s happening in your community, learn about City and County programs, services, and events, have continued online during the pandemic with virtual meetings on Zoom. (Click here and type in your address if you’re not sure which police district you live in.)

Here’s the PAC meeting schedule:

  • PAC 1—in person only; 3rd Saturday (July 20), 10am; Holton Career & Resource Center (401 N Driver St, in the 2nd-floor auditorium)

  • PAC 2—in person and online; 2nd Monday (July 8), 6pm; Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 Murray Ave); click here to attend via Zoom 

  • PAC 3—in person and online; 2nd Saturday (July 13), 10am; Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St); click here to attend via Zoom

  • PAC 4—in person and online; 2nd Saturday (July 13), 10am; IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave); click here to attend via Zoom

  • PAC 5—in person and online; 2nd Saturday (July 13), 10am; IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave); click here to attend via Zoom.


You can send a request via email to subscribe to your local PAC’s listserv; write for more info and to have your questions answered:


Chesterfield Building, 701 W Main St, Suite 203, 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 some of the free, in-person seminars:

  • [on summer break]

And here are free online webinars from small-business centers across the state that you can attend virtually; click here to see even more:

  • Using Social Media in Your Small Business—Monday, July 22, 1–3pm; click here for more info and to register

  • How Introverted Business Owners Can Attract New Clients—Monday, July 22, 6–7pm; click here for more info and to register

  • How to Maximize Social Media for Your Small Business—Tuesday, July 23, 2–3pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Content Marketing: What’s Working Now—Tuesday, July 23, 6–7:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Sell Lots More This Fall and Harvest Season with a Low Budget/High Performance—Tuesday, July 23, 6–8pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Real Estate Basics for Business Owners—Wednesday, July 24, 2–3pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Sales and Use Tax Workshop for the Small Business Owner—Wednesday, July 24, 2–4pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Capturing Artistry: A Guide to Photographing Your Own Artwork, pt 3—Wednesday, July 24, 5:30–6:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Creating a Nonprofit, pt 3 of 4: Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing—Thursday, July 25, 6–7:15pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Insurance for Your Small Business—Thursday, July 25, 6–8pm; click here for more info and to register

  • QuickBooks: The Essentials—Thursday, July 25, 6–8:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Personal Finance for Small Business Owners—Thursday, July 25, 7–8:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Free Money to Start/Expand a Business but No Grants—Tuesday, July 30, 2–3:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Stop Wasting Money on Marketing for Your Small Business: Use 7 Elements of StoryBrand to Sell—Tuesday, July 30, 6–7pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Reel in Customers the Fall: Find, Target, Attract, and Retain Customers—Tuesday, July 30, 6–8pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Introduction to Federal Contracting for the Small Business Owner—Wednesday, July 31, 3–5pm; click here for more info and to register.


411 W Chapel Hill St,, website


E3* Durham helps aspiring entrepreneurs start, grow, and scale their businesses. Once you’ve come up with an idea that you believe can work as a business, you’re invited to meet with a navigator who can offer ongoing support. Once you’re referred to one of E3 Durham’s partners, you’ll get guidance in obtaining the funds that can help you get started and set up your business for future success. Monthly meetings are held at their office for entrepreneurs whether they sign up to work with E3 Durham or not. Partners include the City of Durham, Durham Tech’s Small Business Center, Echo, Helius, Infinity Bridges, Knox St Studios, North Carolina Central University’s School of Business, and Provident 1898.

* E3 = Equity for Every Entrepreneur


2000 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite 26a, in the Lakewood Shopping Center, 919-687-4635, website


  • JÓVENES LÍDERES EN ACCIÓN (Young Leaders in Action) — This program for Hispanic/Latino youth (ages 14 to 18) involves them in activities that are designed to help them develop leadership and increase their chances to go on to further their education or to get meaningful jobs. They will also learn about social and environmental justice, gain some life skills, and get mental health and wellness support as needed. Feel free to write to community specialist Denisse Burgos at


Books Among Friends, in the Shoppes of Hope Valley, 3825 S Roxboro St, 919-908-6004, website:

Friends of the Durham Library used to hold occasional sales at various places like the Main Library (before it was renovated) and the old Northgate Mall. Now we’re able to browse online all year ’round, make our purchases, and then pick them up at Books Among Friends (in the Shoppes of Hope Valley, 3825 S Roxboro St) on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am–3pm, or on Thursdays from 9am to noon. If you’d like to help out by donating new and gently used books, CDs, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, and puzzles and games, click here to schedule an appointment on a Tuesday or Saturday between noon and 3pm. Funds raised from these sales help run programming at the various Durham County libraries.



Families Moving Forward (the homeless shelter at 300 N Queen St) is running a program called There Is a King in You for boys and male teens. Businessmen and male community leaders are invited to step forward as speakers/presenters to inspire and encourage setting goals toward a successful life. Contact the host, Jewels Outreach, by writing to


201 W Main St, Suite 400, 919-688-6396 (local)/866-219-5262​, website

Breaking news: NC Medicaid has expanded offering healthcare coverage to people ages 19 to 64 years with higher incomes. If you didn’t qualify before, you should try again. Click here for more info.

Legal Aid NC announces the NC Homeowner Assistance Fund for those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re having trouble paying your mortgage payments and other expenses (such as homeowner Insurance, flood-insurance premiums, homeowners association (HOA) fees, unpaid property taxes, and/or utility payments), can apply for help by calling the Helpline at 866-219-5262 or by visiting the website at

Legal Aid NC offers free help to low-income residents in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Here are some of their programs:

  • Legal Aid Helpline—help with civil (noncriminal) legal problems; call 866-219-5262 weekdays 8:30am–4:30pm and 5:30–8:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays; or apply online.

  • Senior Legal Helpline—help for those age 60+; call 877-579-7562 weekdays 9am–4pm; or apply online.

  • NC Navigator Helpline—get help enrolling in affordable health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace (; call 855-733-3711 weekdays 9am–5pm; or apply online.

  • Fair Housing Helpline—get help dealing with housing discrimination; call 855-797-3247 weekdays 9am–5pm; or apply online.

  • Battered Immigrant Helpline—immigrants who are victims of domestic violence can get help; call 866-204-7612 on Tuesdays 3:30–7:30pm and Thursdays 9am–1pm; or apply online.


2522 Ross Rd, 919-667-9424, website

Meals on Wheels delivers food to people who are homebound and/or who can’t prepare their own food (and anyone being newly released from the hospital can get 2 weeks’ worth of food). Instead of daily deliveries, Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers now drop off boxes of five to seven frozen meals for the week. To receive free meals, you have to meet certain qualifications; otherwise you can pay for (or toward) meals via check, credit card, food stamps, or cash ($5 per meal (full price) or $3.80 per meal (with SNAP discount). Click here for more information about services and how to apply. Feel free to call if you have questions or if you need help filling out the application.

If you’d like to volunteer by sorting food and supplies or by being a delivery driver, click here for more info.



Relatives and friends of people with addictions are invited to attend their own 12-step program to help figure out ways to understand and support their loved-ones. Get your questions answered and identify community resources while meeting others who are in similar circumstances. NAR-ANON meetings are held every Thursday, 5–6pm, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (2200 S Alston Ave).


1105 S Briggs Ave (in NCWorks Career Center), job counselor: Melverlene Suggs, 919-560-6880 x235,

NCBA’s Durham office helps local seniors (age 55+) find jobs (statewide, NCBA serves 18 counties in North Carolina). Right now, paid, on-the-job community-services training is available for those who meet the income guidelines and can work 20 hours per week. They also need to participate in assisted job searches; each will receive minimum-wage stipends. Contact job counselor Melverlene Suggs to set up an appointment.


27 Horne St, Raleigh, 919-828-6501, website 

The NC Council of Churches’ Partners in Health and Wholeness (PHW) initiative is looking for faith communities to apply for grants to help educate their communities/congregations.


  • Mini-Grants for up to $1,000 are available for houses of worship that can come up with projects that fit into the focus areas of the PHW program, including tobacco cessation and prevention, healthy eating, increasing physical activity, mental health, HIV/AIDS, healthy aging, and the drug-overdose crisis. Your congregation must have submitted a PHW Collaborative Pledge within the past 12 months, and if I read the description correctly, you can apply when submitting your mini-grant application.


  • Community Grants can be sought by a group of congregations (at least three) that want to work together while identifying a clear need for the project idea they come up with. Each congregation must not have received a mini-grant over the past year, and together the group can receive up to $5,000 for their project. Each must submit a PHW Collaborative Pledge.


  • BIPOC (Black/Brown, Indigenous, People of Color) Mental Health Grants are also available. Houses of faith serving these communities can apply for funding between $5,000 and 10,000 to use for COVID-19 mental-health efforts.


Click here for more info and for instructions on how to apply.


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is offering the Hope4NC helpline for people needing free and confidential emotional support, counseling referrals and community resources. The Hope4NC helpline number is 855-587-3463; click here for more info, to start a chat, send a text message, and to get help in English or Spanish.

North Carolina has Good Samaritan laws that protect people who call 911 to save a life even if they themselves are in possession of unlawful substances. Just about seven people in North Carolina die from drug overdoses/alcohol poisoning every day, and the State wants to reduce those numbers. Through the “Safe to Call” campaign, the State wants people to know that they shouldn’t hesitate to call 911 if they’re with someone who’s in danger of ODing. Often they don’t call because they don’t want to be arrested. Anyone (even minors) shouldn’t worry about being taken into custody as long as they’re acting in good faith to save a life and cooperate with law enforcement by giving their names. Click here for more info.



800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), español 855-DÉJELO-YA (855-335-3569), website


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has a free program, QuitlineNC, that’s available 24/7 and in many languages, that helps people quit their smoking/vaping/chewing/vaping habits. You can call and talk with an English- or Spanish-speaking trained tobacco quit coach to set up a personalized program to work through. (Translation into additional languages is also available.) Get ongoing support and encouragement. Even if you have already quit but having trouble staying tobacco-free, you can call to keep yourself on track. When personalizing your program, you’ll get help identifying what’s triggering you to turn to tobacco; find new ways to handle tough, stressful situations; talk about what has not worked for you in the past; and find more resources to help you quit and stay tobacco-free. You might be eligible for free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. If you prefer to enroll via text and keep everything text-based (as opposed to making a phone call), get the ball rolling by texting READY to 200-400.


NCDHHS’s Department of Public Health has a new program, This Is Quitting (TIQ), for people who want to quit their e-cigarette habit. Many young people get hooked to vaping before their realize that vaping can be just as addictive as old-school cigarettes. You can get support 24/7 via text with confidential tips and motivation from your support system system of successful quitters. To get started with this free program, text VAPEFREENC to 88709.


211 E Six Forks Rd, Suite 103, Raleigh, 919-832-5138website

The North Carolina Reading Service (formerly known as the Triangle Radio Reading Service) helps blind and visually impaired people keep up with the news and entertainment worlds. Volunteers read local news stories, editorials, obituaries, books, and advertisements from a variety of publications. They also read special programs that discuss specific topics like education, tech tips, and legal matters. Users can then listen via their smartphone and tablet apps, the NCRS website, or with any “Alexa”-enabled device.

Listeners who don’t have internet access can borrow specially tuned receivers free of charge. Donations to NCRS help cover the average price of $70 per receiver, and some listeners make donations if they’re able to. Click here to see the various ways of enjoying the broadcasts and to see the list of podcasts included with the service. Visit the website if you’d like to make a monetary donation or if you’d like to be a volunteer reader.


City of Durham/Durham County, 326 E Main St, 919-560-8580, website

Project BUILD (Building Uplifting and Impacting Lives Daily) is a gang intervention program that endeavors to save young people ages 14 to 21 escape the street life and turn things around. Participants in danger of falling prey to street gangs are offered one-on-one coaching in pro-social behavior, positive decision making, finding opportunities for education and employment, and more. Services are provided by a team with members who specialize in the areas of education, social services, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and criminal justice. Visit the website for more info and to refer someone to this multidisciplinary program.


1110 Navaho Dr, 4th floor, Raleigh, 919-713-1570

Resources for Seniors administers the Weatherization Assistance Program and the Heating & Air Repair & Replacement Program, which help eligible Durham and Wake County seniors access services that can lower their utility bills free of charge. Services include repairs/tune-ups to heating and cooling systems; sealing air leaks around windows and doors; insulating attics, walls, floors, ducts, and pipes; replacing existing light bulbs with energy-efficient ones; and replacing old refrigerators with energy-efficient models. Major repairs are not undertaken with this program. Homes with good weatherization can save homeowners up to $300 per year. Renters can also participate, but you’ll need your landlord’s approval.

Households with someone receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) are automatically eligible. Another way to be eligible is to have a low enough annual income; one-person households shouldn’t exceed $27,180, and two-person households shouldn’t exceed $36,620. Call for more info and to see if you can apply for one or both of these programs.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

103 W Main St, 201-412-8718, website

SCORE offers free workshops that are designed to help entrepreneurs plan for success and improve their prospects of running successful businesses. The local SCORE office has relocated to Durham and they serve Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties. Free mentorships and a wealth of resources are also available. Here are the webinars and in-person seminars on offer for this month:


  • Paid, Earned, and Owned Media: Three Essential Elements to Marketing Success—Tuesday, July 16, noon; click here for more info and to register

  • Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business—Tuesday, July 16, 1pm; click here for more info and to register

  • How to Protect Your Business and Invention Using Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights—Thursday, July 18, 1pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Simple Steps for Starting Your Business—Thursday, July 25, 5:30pm; click here for more info and to register

  • Protecting and Growing Your Small- to Medium-Sized Business—Tuesday, July 30, 1pm; click here for more info and to register

  • The Power of Connections: Leveraging Networking for Your Small Business—Wednesday, August 7, noon; click here for more info and to register

  • Introduction to Recordkeeping Workshop—Saturday, August 10, 10:30am, at the Durham County Main Library (300 N Roxboro St, Room 4347); click here for more info and to register.


406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-4772, website:


Senior PharmAssist will host a series of Medicare Basics seminars for those who are about to turn 65 and need to learn more. In-person workshops will be held at the Durham Center for Senior Life on Tuesdays, May 21 and August 20, at 6pm. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom on Tuesdays, June 18 and July 16, also at 6pm. You can register to attend one of these free seminars by calling the number above or by clicking here.



The Village of Wonder has started Dreamship, a black parent fellowship, which has four goals, which are to explore:

  • How to rest in Blackness and heal through Black Genius

  • How to use creativity and art to protect Black Genius

  • How to use research and design to protect Black Genius, and

  • How to change the way educators teach and protect Black Genius.


Their approach is to encourage and uplift black students, some of whom might feel that being black is a disadvantage. Parents are invited to click here for more info and to fill out the interest form so they can attend meetings and workshops to help their children.

Feel free to explore the website to learn about additional programs and activities.


721 Foster St (in the Durham Cooperative Extension building), 919-560-7150, website:

Welcome Baby has several programs that offer practical, educational, and emotional support to parents and caregivers of young children. Most services are free; visit the website or call for more info:

  • Parenting Workshops—Weekly workshops centered on child-development behaviors and infant-care questions.

  • Staff Consultations—One-on-one meetings between parents and staff parent educators

  • Car Seat Safety Program—Learn how to safely install and use car seats, and then purchase one on a sliding-fee scale

  • Cribs for Kids—Expectant families or families with children up to 6 months old can get a referral for a Pack ’n Play portable crib and playpen 

  • Giving Closet—Families can receive clothing, breastfeeding accessories, and maternity items 6 times a year.


Welcome Baby also provides collection bins in Durham County libraries for those who want to donate winter coats and accessories for young children in need. Call if your community organization or house of worship wants to hold their own coat drives in connection with Welcome Baby.

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