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November 2021

The NEW Reentry Council launches GivingFest

The NEW Reentry Council will host GivingFest to ensure holiday cheer for Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties returning citizens and their families. Through its GivingFest initiative, NEW Reentry will collect monetary and in-kind donations to provide food boxes and toys during the holiday season. The goal is to deliver 150 Thanksgiving meal boxes, and 150 Christmas meal boxes, and children's toys to NEW Reentry clients. READ MORE

Agency News

Success Story

COA leverages The Duke Endowment funds for rent assistance

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Mr. Carson, who lost a job due to COVID was unable to pay rent. Community Action Opportunities leveraged The Duke Endowment funding to cover his rent. "I thank God for Community Action Opportunities," Mr. Carson said. "I was in a financial crisis due to COVID. I was stressed out, scared, losing weight. If it wasn't for CAO assisting me with rent and other bills I would probably be in the hospital by now. I just want to say thank you." READ MORE

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I-CARE utilizes The Duke Endowment fund

The resulting employment, housing and healthcare crisis has exacerbated the extent of support needed by the states most vulnerable families. Through the support of I-CARE, Inc., families in Iredell and Alexander counties have managed to navigate some of their financial constraints. READ MORE

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WAMY launches urgent home repair program

WAMY is accepting applications for its urgent home repair program. The program is funded by North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and offers home repairs to low-income households with special needs in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. READ MORE


FVWO hosts mobile COVID vaccine clinic

FVWWOP, in collaboration with other partners, hosted a collaborative mobile clinic. The event was focused on the COVID testing and providing vaccinations to youth and adults. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as well as Pfizer booster shots were available. READ MORE

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CAF partners with City Startup Labs for ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program

City Startup Labs has received a $37K grant from Michael Jordan's inaugural Black Community Commitment Grant Program. The funds will support CAF's ReEntry Entrepreneurship program. CAF will partner on all three phases of the program: Learn, Earn, and Build. READ MORE

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CPAC to host "Hot Ride Holiday" Car show and Fundraiser

Central Piedmont Community Action Inc. (CPAC) will host a holiday fundraiser in Asheboro on Nov. 13 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees have been asked to bring new toys to donate to those in need upon entry. The event is open to the public. READ MORE


AmeriHealth Cartias North Carolina Donates $7,500 to CACs

AmeriHealth Cartias has made $7,500 in donations to support community action agencies across the state in addressing the needs of families impacted by the current economic downturn. READ MORE to see which community action agencies benefitted.

Association News

How Nonprofits Can Maximize Their Distribution Events

The pandemic hasn’t gone away. However, many organizations have actually adapted quite well to the new normal. Some are finding that drive-through donations events are not only safer for everyone involved, but more efficient as well. The North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) to provide needed goods for their signature donation events, “The Big Pop Up.” READ MORE

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American Rescue Plan provides $805 million in funding for NC early care and learning programs


Governor Roy Cooper has announced a historic, one-time federal $805 million investment in North Carolina’s early care and learning child care programs. The North Carolina Child Care Stabilization Grants, made possible by funding from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, will support working families with access to high-quality, affordable child care. The grants will also help early care and learning programs with recruitment and retention, enabling them to provide better wages and benefits to teachers and promoting equity for all—children, parents, and teachers. READ MORE


Deadline Extended for Child Tax Credit Applications

Filing for the Child Tax Credit has been extended to November 15. Families are also eligible to apply for the Economic Impact Payments and the Earned Income Tax Credit through the IRS Non-filer Sign Up tool.


Be Aware of Child Tax Credit Scams

Phishing scams are targeting families eligible for Child Tax Credit payments. Criminals are using unsolicited emails that pose as the IRS to lure families into providing personal and financial information and steal their Child Tax Credit payments.

CDC launches new Vaccine Resource Hub

The CDC Foundation has launched a new Vaccine Resource Hub. It provides diverse and culturally relevant materials that CBOs and the general public can use to educate and inform their community members about vaccinations for COVID-19 and influenza. Resources include infographics, toolkits, videos, messaging, and unbranded digital assets.

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North Carolina enacts 'No Patient Left Alone Act' law

During the coronavirus pandemic, especially the first months of restrictions, loved ones were not allowed to visit patients in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The result was that people died without a loved one present. READ MORE

FEMA program to pay $9,000 in funeral costs for COVID victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reimbursing funeral-related expenses to families for a loved one who died of COVID. You can only apply via phone. You must provide a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses incurred, and proof of funeral assistance received from any other source. For more information, visit FEMA's COVID Funeral Assistance.


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Weatherization provides Ms. Ophelia with a warm home this winter

Many low-income individuals and families live in homes with improper insulation, poor working heating and cooling, and other structural issues. For some, the cost of getting their home repaired is unaffordable. This leaves them cold in the winter and suffering dangerously high temperatures in the summer. READ MORE


Office of Economic Opportunity announces staff changes

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), a division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, announced staff changes in alignment with its goal of helping low-income individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. READ MORE

Federal Reserve Survey Shows Impact of Pandemic on Nonprofit Service Providers

The Federal Reserve has released the results of the nationwide survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low- to moderate-income people and the nonprofits serving them. More than 3,600 nonprofits responded to the survey, including more than 100 North Carolina nonprofits. READ MORE


To learn more about the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (beyond the questions that were asked in the Federal Reserve survey mentioned above), the NC Center for nonprofits is interested in hearing more from NC nonprofits. Access the Center’s survey HERE

Work-Life Balance: Self-Care Practices for Every Professional

In today’s world, it can be easy for us to prioritize the pursuit of money above ourselves. Mental breakdown and fatigue are all too common amongst our coworkers. These are unfortunate byproducts of our work-focused lifestyles, but we don’t have to ignore the signs, and we can actively work against them. READ MORE

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Inspirational Words

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Mark your calendar!


1| The National Community Action Foundation Conference, Virtual

9| The Big Pop Up, Robeson Community College, Lumberton, NC

25| Happy Thanksgiving!

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