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July 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents

  • Partner Spotlight
  • Community Events
  • Education
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Thank you so much to EmPOWERment, Inc. and OCIM for hosting and supporting the Navigator program!
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Happy Fifth Birthday to FSA!

Happy Birthday to the Family Success Alliance! On July 1st five years ago FSA was born. The vision of FSA is to break the cycle of poverty so that all children and families in Orange County thrive in school, jobs, and life. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 15th from 3 to 6 pm for a celebration of five years of success! The party will be held at New Hope Camp and Conference Center.
Orange County Health Department Director, Quintana Stewart, said, “On July 1st, we will welcome the FSA Navigators back to the Health Department as county employees. As the FSA program continues to thrive, I believe it is imperative that we unite the team (staff & managers) to ensure we are all working together to eliminate poverty in our community. We are eternally grateful for the support of host agencies OCIM and EmPOWERment, Inc. We value these partnerships and look forward to continuing our work with them both.”

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Hope Renovations featured in Chief Learning Officer Magazine
Hope Renovations

Hope Renovations featured in Chief Learning Officer magazine

Hope Renovations recently became a partner with Lowe’s “Generation T” initiative, a movement to narrow the gap and widen the interest in skilled trade careers. Lowe’s will donate all the tools and materials for Hope Renovation's workshop – a gift worth $21,000. Read more about Hope Renovation's goal of increasing the amount of women in the construction industry in this article at Chief Learning Officer magazine.

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Refugee Community Partnership

Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps position) 

Application Priority Deadline: July 8, 2019

The Refugee Community Partnership (RCP) is hiring an AmeriCorps member to serve as our Volunteer Coordinator. Applicants do not have to be approved already for the AmeriCorps program. We particularly encourage those who have lived experience with forced migration, and/or those who have knowledge of community organizing and structures of power and oppression. 

The Volunteer Coordinator will serve within RCP Bridge Builders Program. In Bridge Builders, RCP families work with their personal navigators to address critical needs--like finding employment or connecting to medical services--and work toward long term goals, like obtaining a GED or going to college. Bridge Builders mobilizes a community’s residents, resources, and opportunities into a protective ecosystem that activates and sustains social mobility and forges powerful relationships of solidarity among neighbors. Bridge Builders works with 400+ RCP members- hailing from Burma, Syria, El Salvador, and the Congo- representing 10+ ethnicities and native languages.

The Volunteer Coordinator leads communications, trainings, and support activities for 200+ Bridge Builder Navigators, and uses creative problem solving to assist RCP members in achieving goals with their Navigators. In partnership with the Program Manager, the Volunteer Coordinator is a key leader in program activities and impact.

Find out more here:

Young Children's Art Exhibit

Orange County Partnership for Young Children's Traveling Showcase

The Orange County Partnership for Young Children was founded in 1993, as the first Smart Start agency in the state, to ensure that all young children arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. They promote young children’s healthy development and school readiness by planning, implementing and funding a variety of programs that address the critical issues facing young children and their families. Programs concentrate on early childhood education, children’s health, early intervention, parenting education, and family support.  

The Young Children’s Art Contest and Exhibit is a countywide program for children aged 6 months to 5 years.  This year’s contest was a huge success! Over 200 pieces of art were collected from child care centers in Orange County. The selected art will be displayed throughout the county during the year. Through art activities, the young child develops a healthy personality by creatively expressing his/her own thoughts and ideas. Imagination, self-expression, and independent thinking are important for later success in school and in life.  

In July, the artwork will be displayed at the Orange County Sportsplex, 101 Meadowlands Drive, NC.

The 2019 tour schedule can be found here.


Camp Table

Camper Spots Open for Camp TABLE 


Camper spots still open for Camp TABLE this summer! Camp TABLE is a summer program at TABLE designed to raise awareness about local issues, including childhood hunger, and encourage middle and high school students to get involved in their community.

This program is one week long and includes volunteer activities (such as sorting food or adding fresh food to backpacks), nutrition-related activities and games, and learning about hunger in our area, among other things.

Camp is for students ages 12-16. Camp is free to attend and lunch provided if needed!

Applications should be submitted to Michelle Perry at:

More information and applications can be found here:


Support Local Refugees

Fundraiser for the Refugee Support Center in Carrboro

When:  Saturday July 27th 11am -2pm
Where: United Church of Chapel Hill
             1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill


NC Justice Center Information Card for Family Raids

High resolution PDF in English.

High resolution PDF in Spanish.

Get Informed. Get Engaged. Get Help.

Mantente Informado. Involucrate. Pide ayuda.

Parents Matter Program

Parents Matter Program


Parents Matter is an evidence-based curriculum designed to give parents the skills to be effective sexuality educators to their children.  Planned Parenthood believes that parents are the primary educators of their children, so this program is aimed at giving you the tools to have constructive conversations with your pre-teens and teens about topics like sex, sexuality, puberty, relationships, etc.
The program is 5 sessions, which amount to about 6 hours total. All participants receive a $75 gift card for completing the program. Food will also be provided for the sessions. Couples may attend together.

For more information, contact Daniela at: or (919) 869-4786

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Book Review by Susie Wilde

Hair Love, written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
(Kokila, ages 4-7)
Zuri has hair “that has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils and curls every which way.” She’s a princess in funky braids with beads, a superhero when it’s in two puffs, but on a special big day can her loving daddy pull off a perfect look? That big day means the return of her traveling mother who, on return, totally finds the “prettiest supergirl” and her expert daddy shares “hair love” with everyone. 

What do you think of your hair?
What’s your favorite way to wear it?
What is a special day for you?
How do you prepare for it?

Organizing Against Racism

Coming July 30-31st! Orange County Phase I Racial Equity Workshop

Phase I Racial Equity Workshop

Where: University United Methodist Church
150 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

When: July 30-31, 9am-5pm
Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the REI Phase I workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural, and institutional analysis. REI believes that organizations often work for equity with multiple understandings of racism that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. Register here

Fight the Mosquito bite

Are mosquitoes bugging you? Watch this video to learn how to fight the bite. Environmental Health is here to help! Call 919-245-2360 for more information.

Aqua Vista

Attention OWASA customers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Aqua Vista is a free tool where OWASA customers can set up leak and high bill notifications, track hourly water use, and get customized water conservation tips. In short, it provides actionable information to 
save money by saving water. It’s accessible on desktops, as well as mobile devices, and it can be viewed in English and Spanish.

Visit to learn more and sign up.


Rabies Prevention

Rabies Facts and Protection

Every 10 minutes someone in the US is treated for possible rabies exposure—usually after contact with a bat or other wild animal.

Bats are responsible for 70% of human deaths from rabies in the US, according to the latest Vital Signs report.

You can protect yourself from rabies by leaving wildlife alone , seeking medical care after an animal bite or scratch, and vaccinating your pets . 

Sign up with CDC for Did You Know?

Clinic Brochures

Updates to Health Department Brochures

New Health Department Services Brochures in: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Spanish.  Easy to download and print.  Please share with clients inquiring about services!New Community Clinics Brochures, low literacy – featuring Piedmont Health Services, OCHD, Planned Parenthood, SHAC, UNC, and local Urgent Care Centers  in Orange County, NC.  Please share with clients searching for health care in Orange County.  Available in: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Spanish.

Spicy Panzanella

Spicy Panzanella 

Serves four

[This recipe is an excerpt from Good and Cheap (Eat Well on $4/day ) by Leanne Brown. Download a free copy here.]

Old hard bread soaks up tomato juice and dressing for a super flavorful and filling salad. You can toss in any vegetable or fruit so long as it’s juicy. Bell peppers or carrots won’t work so well, but peaches, grapes, and zucchini all do. If you don’t like spicy salads a feel free to replace the jalapeño with garlic or shallot.

2 small field cucumbers or 1 English cucumber, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper
4 slices day-old bread

Keep about 2 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes aside to use in the dressing, but throw the rest of the tomatoes and all the cucumbers into a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; the salt helps draw out the juices. Toss the vegetables quickly.

Place a small saucepan on medium heat with a few drops of olive oil. Sauté the jalapeño for about a minute, then add the remaining tomato and a tablespoon of water. Cook for another 
2 minutes, until the tomato juices release. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.

Once the water has evaporated, turn off the stovetop and dump the jalapeño-tomato mixture on your cutting board. Chop it very finely, then throw it back into the pan—with no heat—along with the lime juice and olive oil. Taste it and add more salt and pepper as needed. You’ve got dressing!

Chop or tear the bread into bite-sized pieces, then toast it in a skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally until the bread chunks are toasty on all sides. Alternatively, just toast full slices of bread in a toaster and tear them up afterwards, or skip the toasting entirely if the bread is already super-hard.
Mix the bread and vegetables with the dressing. Taste and adjust salt and pepper once more.

Let it sit for a few minutes so that the bread can soak up the juices, then serve!

Events at the Library

Free Special Summer Programs at the Library


Professor Whizzpop’s Blast Off to Books | Best for ages 4 and up with a caregiver.
July 2, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Join us for this cosmic supernova of reading, magic and audience participation!
Spaced Out! |Grades 3-5
July 11, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Explore our amazing solar system through observations and hands-on astronomy activities.
Family Trivia Night | Best for kids ages 8 and up with a caregiver
July 12, 2019, 6:00 PM?-?8:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Join us for our first ever Family Trivia Night. Test your knowledge of pop culture, books, music and more. Pizza and drinks provided.Registration required.
Rags to Riches “Universal Stories” | Best for ages 4 and up with a caregiver.
July 15, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Enjoy an interactive and engaging collection of classic folklore from different cultures that demonstrate the similarities of world stories.
Friends of the Orange County Public Library Pop-up Book Sale | All Ages
July 19, 2019, 9:00 AM?-?July 21, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Community Art Project Reception: No More Stolen Sisters | All Ages
July 20, 2019, 12:00 PM?-?1:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Beginning last October on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the library invited the community to create a collaborative art piece to remember and raise awareness about the disproportionate number of indigenous women, girls, transgender people, and two spirit people in the Americas who have gone missing or have passed on due to violence. On Saturday, July 20th from noon to 1 pm, we invite participants and art lovers to meet and view the installation over refreshments. The art piece can be seen on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, Sat, June 15-Sun, July 28.  
Puppet Show “Froggy Does a Puppet Show”| Best for ages 4 and up with a caregiver
July 22, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Puppet Show Inc. presents a re-telling of “Froggy Does a Puppet Show.”
Exciting Writing | Grades 3 and up
July 25, 2019, 6:30 PM?-?7:30 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Join award-winning children's book author John Claude Bemis as he shares fun activities for how to come up with exciting characters, settings, and plots. Bring a notebook and paper. You'll go home with lots of ideas for your next story! Registration required.
Last Fridays Classic Movie, “Wally” | Sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library
July 26, 2019, 6:00 PM?-?9:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Summer Learning Finale! | All ages welcome
July 27, 2019, 1:00 PM?-?2:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Come celebrate all your Summer Learning Success with us during this final Summer Learning Event! We will draw for raffle prizes at 1:15 p.m. (All raffle tickets must be submitted on or before Friday, July 26th to be eligible for prizes.

Pajamas, Pancakes, and Captain Marvel | All Ages
Saturday, July 27th, 2:00-4:30 p.m. @ Main Library, HIllsborough
The Teen Advisory Board invites you to put on your favorite pajamas and enjoy pancakes and a showing of a Captain Marvel (PG-13).
Classic Film Screening | Adults
July 28, 2019, 3:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
The Hillsborough Classic Film Society hosts a series of classic, foreign, and independent film screenings. Each screening is accompanied by short discussions of pertinent themes. This program is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, visit
Magnet Mania | Grades 3-5
August 15, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Doesn’t every refrigerator (or metal surface) need a new magnet? Design then create a magnet using clay and a lot of imagination!
Designer T-Shirts | |Grades 3-5
August 22, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?5:00 PM @ Main Library, Hillsborough
Head back to school with a T-Shirt designed by you! We’ll provide all you need to create your own t-shirt. Call or stop by to register: 919-245-2532.

All registration and event information can be found at
Library Locations
Main Library | 137 W. Margaret Lane | Hillsborough, NC 27278 | 919.245.2525
Carrboro Branch | 900 Old Fayetteville Road | Chapel Hill, NC 27516 | 919.969.3006
Cybrary | 100 N. Greensboro Street | Carrboro, NC 27510 |  919.918.7387
Cedar Grove Library Station | 5800 N. Highway 86 | Hillsborough, NC 2727

Meet the Staff

Make the most of the Orange County Public Library’s SEA (Student Easy Access account)

Orange County Schools
If your child is in the Orange County Schools district but does not have a SEA account, please contact your school’s media center specialist and they will help your child get an account set up. Once they have a SEA account, you and your child can come to any Orange County Public Library location and check out books, movies and more. And your child can access any of the library’s digital resources from home. 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
If your child is in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district they already have a SEA account. This means you and your child can come to any Orange County Public Library location and check out books, movies and more. And your child can access any of the library’s digital resources from home. 

Find out everything you need to know about SEA accounts here

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Our Vision:

Break the cycle of poverty so that ALL children and families in Orange County thrive in school, jobs, and life. 

Our Mission:

Through collaboration on shared goals, connect families in poverty to resources and uncover their power in driving equity and systems change.

Want to know more? 
Read the FSA Strategic Plan

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Family Success Alliance

300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

FSA backbone staff work at the Orange County Health Department.

Program Director: Meredith McMonigle 
(919) 245-2071 or

Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
(919) 245-2458 or

Zone 4 Navigators
Antonia Cortes Sanchez - (919) 695-5982 or
Claudia Yerena - (984) 209-3864
Rhonda Morales -  (919) 698-3925 or

Zone 6 Navigators
Erika Cervantes - (984) 209-3723 or
LaKaya Craig - (919) 695-2271 or
Mariela Hernandez - (919) 695-6969 or
Ling Oy - (919) 257-9960 or
Jena Dolby -  (919) 698-9152 or

Community Outreach Specialist: Dominika Gazdzinska
(919) 245-2468 or

Informatics Manager: Juliet Sheridan
(919) 245-2409 or

Communications Manager: Kristin Prelipp
(919) 245-2462 or

Communications Specialist: Zannie Gunn
(919) 245-2410 or



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