news 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.
news from the AMERICAN RED CROSS, Central North Carolina chapter: 4737 University Dr, Bldg 3, 919-489-6541, website.
Learn how to save a life and gain other skills that can come in handy in an emergency:
ONLINE CLASSES—These can be taken at your convenience after you’ve paid for them:
news from the ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY OF DURHAM 2117 E Club Blvd, 919-560-0640:
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 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.
news from ARTIST RELIEF:
A group of national arts grantmakers—the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the MAP Fund, the National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—is teaming up to put together Artist Relief. This initiative will help support the financial, professional, social, and mental well-being of artists affected by the coronavirus crisis. This group, along with a few additional grantmakers matched a $5 million launch by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. Practicing artists who apply must be age 21 or older, able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, and have generally lived and worked in the USA for the past two years. Artist Relief will be in operation through September; not every artist will be funded, but all are encouraged to apply. Click here for more info and to apply.
news 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.
news from DURHAM COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTEES, 1208 W Chapel Hill St, 919-490-0063, website:
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.
news from the DURHAM COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION, website:
The Durham office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will hold Coffee + Conversation, which are (virtual) reports to the community during the first week of June:
Click here to join via Zoom; if you’re prompted to enter the webinar ID, it’s 963 1451 0177.
news 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.
news from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
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 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.
news from the DURHAM CRISIS RESPONSE CENTER, 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 aid with taking steps to finding a solution. These helplines are available 24/7; if email is preferred, write to email@example.com.
news from DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE’s SMALL BUSINESS CENTER (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 a few of the free seminars. Click here to register. Additional free and paid classes and seminars are listed on the website:
news from END HUNGER DURHAM, website:
End Hunger Durham has a mobile resource hub called the Information Station, and they’d like to make it available to houses of worship and other venues with food pantries. The Information Station is a collection of flyers and brochures describing all kinds of community resources that are available to people in need, such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC, Medicaid, Medicare, free or low-cost sources of groceries, hot meals, senior services, recreation, fitness, medical and dental care, and health tips/recipes from the Durham County Department of Public Health.
Contact Jacquelyn Blackwell if your organization is interested in signing up for free trainings for food pantry operators and volunteers, and also if you would like the Information Station to be set up at a future special event or during the hours of your next food pantry giveaway. Call 984-364-9662 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
news from GIVE BACK BOX, website:
The nice folks at Give Back Box have thought of a way to find a use for your Amazon and other shipping boxes while also helping homeless and other people in need. To participate in this wonderful reuse program, take your box, fill it with household items, toiletries, gently-used clothes, and/or nonperishable food items. Go to the website (see above) and download a prepaid US Postal Service or UPS shipping label made out to your favorite charity (or you can let them pick one). If you don’t have a printer, send your address to them via email, and they’ll mail it to you. You can also arrange to have the box picked up from your location or you can choose to drop it off at the closest UPS store. This is really great for people who have been wanting to drop items off at their local charity, but because of their work schedule, they couldn’t find the time.
news from the NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, a service of the Library of Congress, Washington DC:
The National Library Service, in cooperation with libraries across the country, hosts the That All May Read program. People with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that keeps them from reading or holding a book can have braille or audio books delivered to them free of charge. You can choose physical books or free downloads. Click here to get started.
news from the NEW VISIONS OF AFRICA RESTAURANT, 1306 Fayetteville St:
The New Visions of Africa Community announces their participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. Locally, this program is run under the Durham Health and Human Services through their Child and Adult Care Food Program. Free snacks and meals will be distributed on weekday afternoons to people in need from 3 to 6pm. Grocery giveaways are held on Sundays at 1pm; be sure to sign in by 12:30pm. Contact Marcia Hargrove at email@example.com for more info. Please note that you won’t be served if you’re not wearing a face mask.
news from the NC WORKS CAREER CENTER, 1105 S Briggs Ave, 919-560-6880; website:
news 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:
news from REINVESTMENT PARTNERS, website:
Low- to moderate-income taxpayers (less than $55,000/year) and retirees with moderate incomes can have their taxes prepared for free by skilled and trained volunteers. You can simply drop in at any of the sites listed below, but make sure that you have the following papers with you:
FREE TAX PREPARATION SITES—VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly); these lists were thoughtfully compiled by Reinvestment Partners, who included other venues’ information along with their own. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TAX PAYMENT DEADLINE HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 15.
Click the white button above for the United States Treasury Department list. I used 27701 and conducted a search with a radius of 25 miles (which means some locations in Raleigh, Hillsborough, Apex, Chapel Hill, and Creedmoor are included with the Durham listing).
Click the black button above for info on the Duke Law School VITA site (open to the public; appointment required).
Click the white button above for info on the Duke University Federal Credit Union (open to the public; appointment strongly encouraged).
Click the black button above for info on the North Carolina Central University School of Law site (open to the public).
Click the white button above for the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) sites (open to the public; no appointment necessary).