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 classes 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 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).
news from the BOOK HARVEST RAPID RESPONSE CENTER, 2501 University Dr, 252-497-2665, bookharvest.org:
Need books? The Book Harvest has outdoor bookshelves filled with culturally inclusive children’s books. Your child is invited to browse and choose books to take home (and keep).
news from the CITY OF DURHAM:
Click on the calendar to see all of the City of Durham committee, subcommittee, commission, board, and other meetings for the month of September.
news from the CITY OF DURHAM:
If you’d like to get a job with the City of Durham, click here to view the current job openings. You’ll get to see the job type (part-, full-time, or seasonal), the hourly pay/salary, and when you click on the job title, you’ll be able to see the job duties/responsibilities.
news from the CITY OF DURHAM — OFFICE ON YOUTH:
The City of Durham’s Office on Youth is looking for young people ages 16 to 24 who’d like to participate in the Changed by Youth Ambassador Program. In years past, young people said that they wanted to take part in the planning and decision making for programs and policies that affect the youth. in the City and County, and to ultimately influence programs and policies. This will be the 17th year for them representing young people in this wide-reaching program. Members will receive ongoing racial equity and equitable community engagement training, while sharing their expertise in knowing what’s on the minds of young people.
The City is looking for 10 youth to join the program and consult with City and County departments while serving their 1-year term. Each will be paid for their participation with a possibility to renew their fellowship for another year. The ambassadors will also be expected to keep young people informed about local government opportunities and to be an advocate for Durham’s youth.
Each ambassador will be expected to commit to spending around 17 hours per month (between this coming October and June) and will be paid $15.50 per hour (up to $2,800 per term). Click here to fill out an application by the Sunday, September 12 deadline, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact A’lice Frazier by calling/texting 984-260-6703 or write to A’lice.Frazier@durhamnc.gov.
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 the CITY OF DURHAM — WATER MANAGEMENT:
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).
news from the CITY OF DURHAM — WATER MANAGEMENT:
The City has a Water Hardship Fund that can help you catch up with your past-due water bill. You can apply online for up to $240 in assistance (per year) if you have a documented hardship (such as loss of job), have past-due bills, and are in danger of having your water cut off. Click here to fill in an application form. Submit it, and when you’re contacted you might be asked to provide identification, proof of income, and a copy of your water bill.
news from the CITY OF DURHAM and DURHAM COUNTY:
Durham residents who fell behind in their rents and are facing evictions because of COVID-19 can now apply for the Durham Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). (This is the combination City of Durham/Durham County program that got $9.6 million in federal funding that I mentioned last month.) ERAP is managed by the Durham County Department of Social Services, and you and get more info (in both English and Spanish) and put in your application by clicking here.
If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll get assistance for up to 12 months, which includes both arrears and forward rent and utilities. If you need even more help, you might be able to get assistance for an additional 3 months. Public housing residents and those who get housing subsidies can get rental assistance to cover any portion of rent and utilities that they pay themselves. (Utilities include electricity, gas, water, sewer, wastewater, trash removal, fuel oil, and sometimes internet.)
To be eligible for ERAP, someone in the household must be unemployed, have had their pay cut, and/or in danger of becoming homeless; the household incomes at or below 80% of the AMI (area median income, which in Durham is a bit more than $80,000/year for a household of three).
news from the DURHAM COUNTY, 414 E Main St,
Click on the calendar to see all of the Durham County committee, commission, advisory council, and other meetings for the month of September.
news from the DURHAM COUNTY, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
Durham County is looking for bilingual Spanish-speakers who can volunteer to do client intake on first, third, and fifth Wednesdays, 5–7pm, at the Durham Community Food Pantry (at Catholic Charities, 2020 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 30,). For more info and to sign up, click here to visit the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center.
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 COUNTY LIBRARY, website:
The Main Library has had its grand opening, and now all of the libraries are open during regular hours (see below) Be sure to wear your facemask; your temperature will be checked at the door. 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 or reserve to be picked up later.)
Here are the current walk-in hours:
news from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 414 E Main St, 919-560-7600, website:
If your organization will be putting on a special event that’s open to the public, personnel from the County can set up a popup COVID-19 vaccination station. They’ll check their schedule and see if they can accommodate your request. Contact Annette Carrington at 919-323-1214 or email@example.com for more info.
news from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
DSS is now accepting applications for the North Carolina Housing Opportunity and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) program. Low- and moderate-income renters whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 can get rent and utility assistance to keep them from losing their apartments/homes and having their utilities cut off. This is a federally funded program (carried out by HUD (Housing and Urban Development).
Rent assistance is paid directly to the landlord, including overdue and future payments, for up to 6 months. When you apply, you must be at least one month behind in paying your rent. Same procedure with utility payments (such as electricity, water, sewer/wastewater, and natural gas/propane).
Start by calling 2-1-1. You’ll be screened and hopefully referred to Social Services (DSS) to complete the application process. If you prefer to do this online, go to nc211.org/hope. (Click here for Spanish.)
Please keep in mind that you can only get help from a federally funded program at a time. If you’re already participating in a similar program, you can’t sign up for this one.
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 help with taking steps to finding a solution. These helplines are available 24/7; if email is preferred, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
news from the DURHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT, 602 E Main St, 919-560-4427, website:
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, continue 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:
Keeping up with what’s happening in your community is easier if you subscribe to your local PAC’s listserv. Send an request via email by writing to:
Contact info for each PAC for sharing information and asking questions:
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. Additional free seminars from small business centers across the state are listed here:
news from GO DURHAM and GO TRIANGLE, website and website:
GoDurham and GoTriangle are offering free shared rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Call GoDurham at 919-560-1551 or GoTriangle at 919-485-7582 to schedule your ride at least 24 hours in advance. (I was given the hint that afternoon spots fill up quickly; try your best to get a morning appointment.)
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 NCWORKS NEXTGEN, 112 Broadway St:
The NCWorks NextGen program is looking for referrals of young people ages 17 to 24 who are seeking work experience internships, paid classroom training, or job opportunities. Their aim is to help those in the most need, for example, those who are pregnant or parenting, involved (now or in the past) with the justice system, homeless, high school dropout, or low-income or laid off due to COVID-19.
Young people can’t sign themselves up—they must be referred by an agency or organization. Contact NCWorks Next Gen/Eckerd Connects area manager Alexis Franks at 984-209-3100 or email@example.com for more info, and click here to refer someone.
news from the NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, website:
Just a reminder that supplemental nutrition WIC benefits don’t roll over from month to month. Be sure to use up all of the benefits you’ve been given every month. You can download the Bnft app from the App Store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android) to make sure that you never miss eWIC account updates.
news from the NORTH CAROLINA READING SERVICE, 211 E Six Forks Rd, Suite 103, Raleigh, 919-832-5138, website:
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.
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:
from SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives), website:
SCORE offers free, live webinars that are designed to help entrepreneurs plan for success and improve their prospects of running successful businesses. The local SCORE office is in Chapel Hill and they serve Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties. Free mentorships and a wealth of resources are also available. Here are the webinars on offer for this month:
from the SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY FUND, Durham NC, 919-308-3714, website:
Filmmakers working on nonfiction documentaries can apply for SDF Production Grants, which can help in moving film projects along and aiding in their completion. Projects must be in preproduction, production, or postproduction (and not in just the planning, research, distribution, or engagement-funding phase). The filmmakers/project directors must be at least age 18 and should live in North Carolina (SDF’s home state) or any of the other 11 Southern states.
Read an overview of the grant program by clicking here; click here to view the application checklist, and click here to see a sample budget.
If you need to learn more, attend the online information session on Saturday, October 2, 1pm; click here to sign up.
news from TOGETHER FOR RESILIENT YOUTH (TRY), website
TRY (Together for Resilient Youth) has access to resources and wants to help people in Durham, Craven, Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties. You might feel isolated, need quarantine supplies, have COVID-19 symptoms, are just might need someone to talk to. Write to NCAHHH@aol.com and say that you’d like to fill out a Referral Request for anything mentioned above or if you need financial help for rent, utilities, food, or transportation. Ask about the 14-day COVID-19 kit. TRY is working in partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, COVID Social Support, Curamerica Global, and Duke University.
news from WESTER AUCTION & REALTY, website:
Wester Auction & Realty will hold another round of Northgate Mall Online Auctions on Sunday, September 19, 6pm. Items from several stores, including storage shelving, sales counters, bathroom fixtures, lighting, and much more will be sold to the highest bidders. You can get an onsite preview on Friday from 10am to 2pm. Click here for more info and to put in your bid(s) online. Northgate Mall is located at 1058 W Club Blvd.
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