December 2015
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Meet Our New Development Director
Compass Center welcomes Darlene Fiscus.

We are thrilled to welcome Darlene Fiscus to Compass Center as our new Director of Development.  Darlene brings a strong development background, with 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, mostly in the area of human services. She recently relocated to the Triangle from the Bay Area. She's excited to 
work  closely with volunteers and supporters to bring together the many skills, talents and connections in our community to support Compass Center's mission.  
Darlene understands the value of and need for the programs and services we offer. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Early in her career she focused on program development and coordination. But she quickly began to appreciate the value and necessity of fundraising as a way in which to communicate the needs in the community, involve more partners in our work, and as a tool for influencing public policy and systems change. She believes in the work we're doing with women and families here in Orange County and the greater Triangle community and is excited to meet with Compass Center supporters, volunteers, and community partners. 
If you have questions for Darlene or would like to meet to discuss giving opportunities or help open new doors for Compass Center, please don't hesitate to contact her at:
Darlene Fiscus
Development Director
Compass Center for Women and Families
(919)968-4610 ext. 301
2016 Support Group Opportunities 

After the holidays, Compass Center will be offering the following support groups:
  • Conversations in Change: Navigating Life Changes
  • Self-Esteem Support Group
  • Divorce and Separation Support Group
  • Domestic Violence Support Group 
  • Arts-Based Support Group for Domestic Violence Survivors
  • ACCESS: Advancing Career Counseling and Employment Support for Survivors
  If you or someone you care about is interested in any of these groups, please contact Connie Carringer, the Support Group Coordinator, at 919-968-4610 or
Revenge Posting now a Criminal Offense in NC

Compass Center is working to educate our community about a new law, effective on December 1 of this year, which criminalizes "revenge porn ography ,"  also known as "disclosure of private images."  The practice of a partner or ex-partner sharing intimate photos electronically, without consent, is now a felony in the state of North Carolina. 

In preparation for this new law, Compass Center held two November trainings in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Led by Amily McCool, Systems Advocacy Coordinator at North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, these trainings brought together 125  participants, including law enforcement, prosecutors, magistrates, judges, university staff, and allied health advocates. Participants were educated about best practices around supporting victims of technology crimes, collection and preservation of evidence, common platforms for technology abuse such as social media, smart phones, computers, and other key concerns.   

A copy of the bill is posted on the North Carolina General Assembly website . Protections against technology crimes are a growing trend at the state level, catching up in the quickly-evolving world of Internet and technology.


With 17 days left in 2015, you can help us meet important fundraising goals. Compass Center relies heavily on community support to provide our programs and services helping women and families in Orange County and the broader Triangle community. 

or mail your gift to: 

Compass Center
P.O. Box 1057
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Male Co-Facilitator Intern
Help Compass Center impact the lives of local youth by working with our Teens Climb High team. A Male Co-Facilitator is needed to assist with the implementation of the  Making Proud Choices!  curriculum in Culbreth Middle School health classes. 

Making Proud Choices!  aims to provide young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. The curriculum consists of eight modules delivered by trained facilitators to young adolescents. 

To receive the monetary stipend, the co-facilitator must complete 122  hours of internship time from January 2016 to May 2016. Find job details and contact information on our  website .



Compass Center is recruiting 
new volunteers, with trainings beginning in February 2016. 

  • Hotline Advocates
  • First Response Volunteers
  • Career  Counselors
  • Financial Counselors
  • and more...   

Call 919-968-4610  or visit 
our website for details.

Be a VITA Volunteer
The VITA program offers free tax preparation for people with low- to moderate-income. Volunteers are trained in a variety of roles to make this program possible. You can help schedule appointments for clients, serve as a greeter on tax prep days, or help with preparing taxes for clients. For more information, please contact Volunteer Connect 55+ at 919-245-4240 and ask for Kathy. 
Business line: 919.968.4610
For help with domestic violence issues, please call our 24-hour hotline: 919.929.7122