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September 2019 Newsletter

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  • Community Events
  • Education
be prepared not scared

Prepared, Not Scared
September is National Preparedness Month! This is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage everyone to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to TAKE ACTION!  The theme for 2019 is “Prepared, not Scared.” Take these three steps:
Step one: Get a Kit
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival:
· Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
· Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
· Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· First Aid Kit
· Whistle to signal for help
· Filter Mask, to help filter contaminated air 
· Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
· Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula, or diapers, and   important family documents.
Keep your emergency supplies in a waterproof container that can be easily carried in case you have to leave home. You could use a large bag, plastic container, or a trash can with a lid. Don’t forget to fill up your car with gas and have cash in hand in the event of a power outage!
Step Two: Make a Plan
You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. The best way to assure that you can make contact is to make a plan for how you all will check-in and get back together. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Be sure to include in your plan which items in your home may need to be secured so they don’t become projectiles in the event of high winds!  
Step Three: Stay Informed
Make sure you stay in touch with Orange County Emergency Services for timely information and updates regarding the emergency. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Encourage your friends and family to register for OC Alerts!

Youtube link

The OCHD Preparedness Coordinator and Sarah Pickhardt from Orange County Emergency Management Services presented important emergency preparedness information in a series of workshops directed at Orange County's Limited English Proficient (LEP) population early this summer. The content of their workshops has been made into videos available on the OCHD YouTube channel! Please share widely as we head into another hurricane season. The videos are available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Burmese
  • Karen
  • Arabic
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Mandarin
community events
Vices desde le Frontera

Humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border


When: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Asbury UMC Community Hall, 806 Clarendon Street, Durham, NC

La Semilla New Faith Community, in collaboration with Acción Política Latina, invites you to a presentation, panel discussion, and community conversation centering on the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Come and hear firsthand accounts from North Carolina Conference pastors who recently participated on a pilgrimage to the border. Engage in table conversation with pilgrims and local community organizers regarding concrete ways in which we can respond as a community to the humanitarian crisis at the border, which extends itself to North Carolina.

DACA Clinic

When: Saturday September 7th 10am -5pm
Where: 102 East Main Street, First Floor, Durham, NC

To register, please call Goyal Law Office at 919-801-9903.

daca clinic

Health, Safety, Wellness Resource Fair

When: Saturday September 14th 10am -2pm
Where: 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC

The Health Resource Fair is a FREE event that will feature Vendors, Caricature Artist, Sports Physicals, Safety Demos, Immunizations, Family Fun and More!

Health - Safety- Wellness Fair

The Power of Relationships

What: Mentor Summit and Recruitment Fair
When: Saturday September 14th 9am -2pm
Where: Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, NC

Middle and high school students of color, parents, and community members are all invited to participate in The Power of Relationships Mentoring Summit and Recruitment Fair to learn how mentoring relationships can create pathways towards a more just and equitable society. At the event, you can expect:
• Information about mentoring programs
• Inspirational performances
• Engaging workshops
• And more

el poder del las relaciones
the power of relationships
Golden Doors Scholars

Deadline for Golden Doors Scholarship

Deadline: September 16, 2019
Application link:Apply now

Scholarship recipients will receive funding for a four-year degree at Golden Door partner schools beginning Fall semester, 2020. Students who have applied to or are interested in other colleges should also apply. Support for students at non-partner schools decided on a case-by-case basis.Current high school seniors can apply, but so can current college students.

Public Charge

Changes to the Public Charge

The government is changing how it makes public charge decisions. Immigration officials will look more closely at factors like health, income, skills (including English language skills), and use of public programs including:


  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance
  • Medicaid(except for emergency services, children under 21, pregnant women, and new mothers)
  • Cash assistance programs
Find out more with the following resources:

Public Charge Fact Sheet:
Getting the Help You Need:
Additional languages: Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese

Let’s Talk About Public Charge:
Additional languages: Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese

Filli[po Grandi

Conversation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

When: Thursday, September 19th  7:00 pm.
Where: Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC
Join a conversation between Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Susan Stigant (UNC ’05), Director for Africa Programs, US Institute of Peace, to gain a deeper understanding of why there are now more displaced people around the world than ever before.

Filippo Grandi has been engaged in international cooperation for 33 years, primarily with the United Nations. He was born in Milan in 1957 and has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work for more than 30 years. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, having previously been its Deputy Commissioner-General since 2005. He also served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan and has worked with NGOs and UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at Geneva headquarters.

Mr. Grandi will engage in a conversation with Susan Stigant (’05 MA Political Science, Rotary Peace Alumna) on the topic of the global refugee crisis.
The event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets can be ordered here.

Be the Light - Suicide Prevention Walk

Healthy Carolinians of Orange County invites you to the 3rd Annual
“Be the Light”
Suicide Prevention Walk

Featuring Jodi Flick, LCSW and Joanna Bowen
Friday, September 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Carrboro Town Commons
301 W Main St. at Carrboro Town Hall
66 pairs of shoes will be on display to remember the 66 Orange
County residents who lost their lives to suicide from 2013 to 2017.
To donate shoes email

Stories Beyond Borders

Stories Beyond Border Free Film Screening and Discussion

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough

           1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC

At a moment when the rights of immigrants are being attacked, a fuller story of immigration needs to be told to address the harms perpetuated by immigration enforcement practices and policies that extend beyond the crisis at the border. Whether it’s through raids, people being picked up at courthouses, or being forced to live in churches - families are being separated and attacked across America.

Stories Beyond Borders, five short films that show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities.

Housing Opportunities

Orange County Housing Opportunities List

Find affordable housing opportunities with list that is updated weekly by the Community Empowerment Fund Housing Team. Click here for list. If you are seeking support to find affordable housing in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Community Empowerment Fund can help! Call 919-200-0233 to learn more.


When:  Wednesday October 2, 2019 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: University Place in Chapel Hill, NC

Job Fair

Drivers Education for Refugees
Are you a refugee who wants to pass the NC Driver's permit test?
World Relief Durham is offering a 6-week course at the Chapel Hill Library
on Tuesdays from 9:30a-11:30a starting October 8th.
Register at 919-519-8334 or

Healthy Carolinians Survey

2019 Community Health Assessment

Healthy Carolinians of Orange County is now gearing up to conduct focus groups, host community sessions, and prioritize all of the data to determine the three priority areas for 2020-2024 that will determine future programs for the OCHD, Healthy Carolinians of Orange County (HCOC), the Board of Health (BOH) and other county agencies and organizations.
If you live in Orange County we encourage you to take the survey and provide your thoughts and opinions at the below links.  If you’re interested in helping with the community sessions, contact Ashley Rawlinson (x2440 or arawlinson@orangecountync.govMore information.
Empowerment Fundraiser

EmPOWERment Fundraiser

If you love food, music, and a good time, you want to save this date:

When: November 15, 2019
Where: The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC

Why is EmPOWERment, Inc. roasting Bill Smith?
Bill Smith, in his career as chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, built a national reputation for his food. Closer to home, he used his food to build community. His kitchen is a blend of local ingredients and traditions flavored by the new influences of the people who have recently arrived, bringing their won tastes and traditions to the evolving South.

EmPOWERment, Inc.’s building is adjacent to Crook’s Corner and like Bill, it is involved in building a diverse, vibrant community where the arc of its history bends toward justice and our better angels.

When Bill Smith announced his retirement, EmPOWERment, Inc. knew it had to honor him for his long-time support of the organization and for their shared missions.

About the Roast
The event will feature a grazing menu as regional chefs honor Bill by preparing dishes he has inspired, with their own delicious twists. It will be an evening of music, food, and laughter.


Planned Parenthood Teen Connections

Teen Connections Program Application Deadline

Teen Connections is a sexual health education program for high school students designed to train teens to become peer educators and gives participants the opportunity to earn a stipend of up to $300. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 3rd, but space is limited and applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Daniela Sostaita at Planned Parenthood for more info: (she/her/hers) 919-869-4786

The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy

Book Review by Susie Wilde

The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy
Written by Zoe Mulford and Illustrated by Jeff Scher (ages 6-10)

This book came out right before the recent and tragic shootings and is definitely a book to be shared. Know that this emotional picture book has an intensity that merits pre-reading and is really important to share. The book is based on a song by the author motivated by Barak Obama’s response to the 2015 shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The text recalls, “He was not friend, he was not kin/but they opened the doors and let him in.” And white print on a black page remembers “But then the young man drew a gun/and killed nine people, old and young.” The rest of the book serves as a balance, pictures and words showing the gentleness, healing and grace the President offered in a time when “No words could say what must be said for all the living and the dead.” You can read the book as you listen to Zoe Mulford’s recording at:
Questions to inspire discussions:

  • What do you do find comfort in really sad times?
  • What do you think we can do to solve gun violence?
  • What do you think of the way President Obama handled the situation?

Incredible Years Parenting Group
Incredible Years Parenting Groups Fall Schedule

For information and registration contact:
Courtney White Clark: (252) 377-7138 or email:

En Espanol:
Yolanda Balderas: (919) 799-1058
Programa de Padres:“Los Años Increíbles”
Programa de Padres:“Los Años Increíbles”
Clases en Septiembre del 2019

Para más información y para poder inscribirse, por favor comunicarse con una de las presentadoras:
Yolanda Balderas: (919)799-1058
Sofia Moyano: (919)321-5515

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

This golden soup soothes and comforts after a busy day. Many grocery stores now sell the squash already peeled and cubed, so preparation is even easier.
  • 2 teaspoons canola or corn oil
  • 2 medium shallots (chopped)
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 3 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced, peeled gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ((coarsely ground preferred))
  • 1/3 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg

    1. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker on sauté. Cook the shallots for 3 minutes, or until soft, stirring frequently. Turn off the pressure cooker.
    2. Stir in the squash, broth, gingerroot, salt, and pepper. Secure the lid. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quickly release any remaining pressure. Turn off the pressure cooker. Remove the pressure cooker lid.
    3. Allow the soup to cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender (vent the blender lid) and puree until smooth. (Use caution as the soup and steam are hot and vent the blender lid away from you.) Return the soup to the pressure cooker.
    4. Stir in the half-and-half. Cook on the sauté setting for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through, stirring frequently. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the nutmeg.
    Cooking Tip: Top this soup with other garnishes, such as toasted pumpkin seeds or peeled, diced apple.


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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.

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Program Manager: Meredith McMonigle 
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Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
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