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 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 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 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 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.
news from DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION, 400 Cleveland St, 919-560-4355:
Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to check out the #MyDurham program, an afterschool team club that’s held on weekdays from 3 to 7pm. This program, which offers free membership has three components:
#MyDurham is offered at
Membership and participation are free; click here for more info, to see the schedules, and to sign up.
news 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.
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 email@example.com.
news from THE WOMEN’S CENTER OF NC, 114 W Parrish St, 6th floor, website:
The Women’s Center offers free seminars and workshops at their downtown office, plus the occasional webinar. Links are provided so you can register in advance:
news from the TRIANGLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA, website:
The Triangle Jazz Orchestra (TJO) is searching for new members, due to the retirement of part of their rhythm section and, sadly, the deaths of two founding members in a car accident. The big band (nearly two dozen instrumentalists plus one vocalist) plays every month at the Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store, and regularly at public and private events throughout the Triangle. The TJO plays classics from the Swing Era (including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman), while slipping in some blues and current jazz tunes.
The TJO is looking for a pianist, bassist, drummer, and lead trumpet. If you’re interested, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll be invited to one of their rehearsals. Visit the website to learn more and to listen to a few samples.
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 COMMUNITY, 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. At-risk afterschool programs (serving children living in poverty (or on the line)) are eligible to receive free snacks and meals, which will be delivered on weekday afternoons. Contact Marcia Hargrove at email@example.com for more info.
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 the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) / NO KID HUNGRY:
Don’t let any child you know go hungry this summer. If you happen to know a school-age student in a low-income area who’s in danger of missing meals (breakfast and lunch) after school is let out for summer, do him or her a favor and text “FOODNC” to 877877*. You’ll receive a message listing a nearby location where young people can get free meals. This is a federal program that’s been in place for years—be sure to pass the word so kids don’t go hungry needlessly. You can also call 866-3HUNGRY (866-348-6479).
Parents are invited to purchase a meal for $2; Durham Housing Authority parents can eat for free.
* Spanish-speakers can text “COMIDA” to the same number and get help in Spanish.