July Newsletter
Hello Compass Center friends,

We hope you're doing well!

In this newsletter, you'll see some highlights from last month and upcoming activities including:
  • The Great American Read Panel featuring our Associate Director Susan Friedman.
  • Staff volunteered at the North Carolina Diaper Bank to wrap menstrual hygiene products for people in need. 
  • Welcome our new legal intern to the team, Rishi Singh.
  • July Fundraisers including Drag Queen Bingo and a performance by the Summer Community Chorus.

Please mark you calendars and join us if you can!

Warm regards,

Cordelia Heaney
Executive Director
Compass Center for Women and Families

Chapel Hill Public Library's Great American Read Panel

The Chapel Hill Library sponsored a "What We Do for Love" panel as part of their Great American Read series! The panel discussed the ways in which literature helps individuals navigate and understand loving relationships. The focus was on all relationships, not just romantic ones, and how books both help us understand the complexity of relationships and perpetrate cultural norms that may be harmful.

The event featured our own Susan Friedman, Associate Director.

Diaper Bank's Wine and Wrap Party

The Compass Center team was all smiles at our Wine & Wrap party at the
Diaper Bank of North Carolina! Together with our friends
from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, we spent more than two hours wrapping menstrual hygiene products for people in need. 

New Legal Intern

Compass Center has welcomed a new member to the team! 

Rishi Singh, a UNC law student, is co-coordinating the Community Legal Project with our Self-Sufficiency Programs Director LaKiera Grimes. This project helps clients receive legal information on their questions related to family law. Singh listens to a client's family situation and provides them with a legal memo pre-approved by an attorney on how to resolve their situation.

"Growing up, my mom and her sisters always had issues related to family law and it was something in her life that affected her deeply. She likes to talk about that with me and so that's my motivation into getting into family law," he said.

Singh's services allows Compass Center to expand their offerings to more clients who need legal information.

"I feel like it's an easy way to talk to someone who is in the legal field for free. While I can't provide all the services that an attorney can, at least I can give a client some legal support and some legal information within a reasonable time frame," he said.


Compass Center is hiring! Visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website for more information.

July Fundraisers

Back by popular demand, Compass Center will host another Drag Queen Bingo! On 
Saturday, July  21, at 8:30 p.m., at Linda's Bar & Grill,  friend of Compass Center,  Vivica C. Coxx, will once more entertain the crowd while raising funds for Compass Center's services. Come ready to play!  


On Sunday, July 29, from 4-5 p.m., the Summer Community Chorus will be performing at the United Church of Chapel Hill and accepting donations for Compass Center.  This free concert will feature music entirely by women, including modern, medieval, and Renaissance pieces. Come out to support this dynamic group and donate to Compass Center!

Summer Programs

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Board of Directors: 
Gillian Hare, Chair; Amy Blanchard ,  Vice Chair;  Briggs Wesche , Treasurer;  Halley Kueffer,  Secretary; Ilouise Bradford; Pegi Brady; Jeannie Denuo; Betsi Harris; Modesta Hurd; Heather Hutchins; Patrick Phelan; Linda Sanders; Liz Skiba; Jane Summers-Kelly; Mary Tanner

Henderson Street House Foundation:
Mimi Fountain; Joan Gillings; Margie Haber; Jay Miller; Sara Morgan 
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