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Volunteers are needed to help with Free Book Fairs at Siler City Elementary and Virginia Cross Elementary Schools. Children are so excited to get to choose books to take home and read during the summer. Book Fairs will be held 6/3-6/6. You can sign up for a shift on the link under Chatham Education Foundation Volunteer needs on Chatham Connecting or by contacting Sarah Linkhorn at sarah@cefmail.org

Chatham Family Violence Prevention Services seeks compassionate and responsible volunteers to provide crisis line response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Twenty five hours of training will be provided. Call shifts will vary and can be handled from volunteer's home.
Please complete application and background check, and will interview. TRAINING BEGINS JUNE 11. Contact Kit Stanley, kit.stanley@chathamnc.org
CARE (CHATHAM ANIMAL RESCUE & EDUCATION) is offering FREE
spay surgeries for female cats and dogs through May 31, 2019.

This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie’s Fund.
(Limit of three female pets per household).
Additional pets, female or male, require a co-pay of $20 per pet.

Call (919) 542-5757 or go to chathamanimalrescue.org
and spay/neuter link for an application.

CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.
SNACK! is a grassroots food program that picks up where school lunches and Backpack programs leave off.  Ten weeks of nutritious meals are provided to kids who would have no way of receiving these meals during the months that school is not in session. Every two weeks, food for every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are distributed to families whose children are enrolled in the program.  Our 2019 goal:  1,550 kids served (an increase of 100 kids over 2018). Find out more here https://www.corafoodpantry.org/our-work/snack/.

Registration sites and times:
Siler City Elementary: April 23, 4-­‐6pm
North Chatham Elementary: April 24, 5-­‐7pm
Jordan-­‐Matthews HS: April 25, 4-­‐6pm
Virginia Cross Elementary: April 30, 5-­‐7pm
JS Waters School: May 1, 4-­‐6pm
Nature Trail Mobile Home Community: May 3, 3-­‐5pm
Pittsboro Elementary: May 7, 4-­‐6pm
Chatham Middle: May 10, 4-­‐6pm
CORA Announces Capital Campaign
CORA announces our Capital Campaign: A Campaign to Help CORA Meet the Increasing Need. The Campaign hopes to raise $150,000. The cornerstone of this campaign will be our new 2,800 square foot warehouse and food pantry. While the County has most generously donated both the land and the building, CORA must raise $150,000 to upfit the building and renovate the current space to best accommodate the needs of our clients, community partners, and staff.
Since 1990, CORA’s first full year of operation, demand for our services has increased by 3600%. In 2019, we expect to distribute over 975,000 individual meals to approximately 12,700 people through the Pantry and SNACK! Program. Our research indicates that there are at least 7,000 more people facing food insecurity in Chatham County who have not yet received assistance. It is imperative that we expand to meet the increased demand and ensure we have a greater impact on building a community without hunger.
The new building will double our current space to store food. This larger space will allow CORA to streamline operations and more safely and effectively provide the maximum level of support for our multiple programs. The new building will also greatly enhance pantry operations. The pantry will also double in size to allow for a more pleasant shopping experience.
Relocation of the pantry will enable CORA to create a spacious reception area, a larger children’s room, and a resource room for clients in the current building. In addition, we will renovate the existing building and envision two community spaces for meetings and additional administrative offices to accommodate organizational growth.

As we begin to reach out to the community for support, many people have already come to the table with generous contributions. Chatham County has committed $250,000 and we have other donations totaling nearly $50,000. However, we still have $100,000 to raise and need your help. So, we ask for your thoughtful consideration as you make a special gift to the capital campaign for CORA in support of our new building and the people who depend upon our services. Make your donation HERE.
For more information about this project or if you wish to donate, please contact Rebecca Hankins, Development & Communications Director, at rebecca@corafoodpantry.org or 919-491-5896.
CCCC has started a drop-in option for earning your High School Equivalency Diploma: Fast Track Fridays! Individuals can stop by CCCC's Siler City Center (near the Chatham Hospital) anytime between 8:30am -1:30pm on any Friday until the end of May. Prospective students can take practice tests, strengthen skills, and sign up to take official tests. Depending on practice test scores, there may be financial assistance to help pay for one or more tests.

Stop putting it off and get on track with your education this Friday!

*Tammie L. Quick *
College and Career Readiness Coordinator
Chatham County
Central Carolina Community College
919-545-8671
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Looking for an opportunity to provide hands-on service? Would you enjoy working with young children who could benefit from your knowledge and experience? Please consider joining the team of volunteers at The Learning Trail who work to help the low-income children living in the Nature Trail mobile home park reach their academic potential. We offer Early Childhood Programs, elementary and middle-school after-school tutoring programs, and a summer enrichment camp. All services are provided at 326 Nature Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, which is accessed by Mt. Carmel Church Road.
All volunteers have college degrees and, while many have teaching credentials and experience, it is not necessary to have had a career in education to be involved. Each program has a lead tutor who plans the lessons and activities and helps the tutors work with the children. Tutors in the after-school program generally work one on one with a child, although some small group sessions may also occur occasionally. Volunteers are needed for all programs . You can choose a grade level or day that works with your schedule. To learn more or to volunteer, go to www.thelearningtrail.org or email us at info@thelearningtrail.cor
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