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The Y currently plans to open in its new space (Main Street Station, 287 East Street, Pittsboro) by February 14, and will be offering 50% off all joining fees through February 21.

Our staff would love to welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about the facility and our program offerings for a full tour once we have opened.
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The Goathouse Refuge is going to be part of Al's Diner Dining for Dollars. On February 26th between 5pm - 9pm 10% on the sales that night will be donated to us!! This applies to eating in, drive through orders, and even call ins!
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On Sunday, January 28 at 2PM the Chatham County Historical Association is presenting the first of three programs on American Revolutionary War and events leading up to it in the South. Special attention will be given to the roles played by people and events taking place in the 18th century North Carolina “backcountry,” of which what is now Chatham County was a part. The presenter at the fist program will be well-known local historian Gene Brooks. Subsequent progams will be on February 11 and 25.

The programs will be held in the Historic Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

The programs are free and everyone is welcome. Plan to attend and learn more about what was happening in our area during this exciting time in America’s history.
The Joy of Movement studio in Chatham Mills is looking for a creative energetic person to work as a consultant to help us develop partnerships with community organizations and explore additional funding opportunities, including grant applications. The position would be as an independent contractor and begins March 1st, 2018. $500/month.

Job requirements include successful experience in the following areas:
Communication and networking skills
Coordinating between multiple organizations toward shared goals
Writing and applying for community- based grants
Computer and internet skills.

Please send a brief summary of your relevant experience and your CV to jomchathammills@gmail.com
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Have a ton of fun while learning how you can improve the lives of Chatham County's children. Join the Chatham County Partnership for Children at Blue Jeans & Bling, a unique benefit auction fundraiser supporting early childhood initiatives, literacy and quality child care. The event, which will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 5:30 0 9:30 PM at the Barn at Woodlake Meadows in Bear Creek, includes live and silent auctions, dinner, and games. Click here to learn more and to register online.
Virginia Cross Elementary is hosting their annual Career Day for 4th and 5th grade students. Career Day will be on Friday, March 16 from 12:30-2:45pm.

We are seeking individuals interested in educating students about their career through three 35-minute interactive sessions with groups of approximately 15-25 students. (Each session will provide the same content with a different group of students.) Visually engaging and interactive presentations work best with our ESL population.

Each presenter will be provided with further information after registering to attend. If you have any questions, you can contact the school counselor, Jennifer Butler, by emailing jabutler@chatham.k12.nc.us or Jazmin Mendoza by emailing jmendozasosa@cischatham.org.
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The Chatham Health Alliance, in partnership with the Chatham County Public Health Department, Chatham Hospital, and numerous community organizations, has begun its 2018 Community Assessment process. The Community Assessment, which has its roots in the Community Health Assessment conducted in 2014, yields important and timely information about the health needs and preferences of Chatham County residents. This assessment will consider an array of factors that affect health and well-being, such as traditional metrics like access to care and underlying issues, such as economic opportunity and housing.

"With the 2018 Community Assessment, Chatham County is taking a new approach to an established process," noted Health Director Layton Long. "This comprehensive view of the county and its residents will help to inform not only our own efforts, but also those of the many partners with whom we work on a daily basis. It is these partners who make the Community Assessment possible, and the same partners who will be instrumental in creating positive change in the community based on the assessment's findings."

There are many ways residents can participate in the Community Assessment process. First, a survey will be mailed to randomly selected county residents in February.

"If you receive the survey, we appreciate you taking the time to respond," added Long. "We want to hear about your access to health services, your opinions and your needs."

Beginning in March, volunteers with the Chatham Health Alliance will follow up in person with residents who received a survey and did not respond. In addition to the surveys, there will also be a number of focus groups and community conversations over the next several months where residents will have the opportunity to talk about the issues that are most important to their communities. Information about these conversations will be posted on the Community Assessment's website, www.chathamtalks.org. This website will also feature questions
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With record low temperatures come record high heating bills. Please consider a charitable donation to Sprott Youth Center, Inc., PO Box 321, Moncure, NC 27559. Sprott Youth Center is a 501c3 non-profit agency serving Moncure and neighboring Chatham County. Financial information is available online through the NC secretary of state's office.
The Boys and Girls Club of Central Carolina at Wren Family Center is seeking volunteers/mentors for after-school and community involvement. We are seeking males and females to help youth ages 6-10 with reading and basic language recognition. We operate M-F 3:30-6pm. Email Unit Director Elgin Marsh for details. elgin.marsh@centralcarolinaclubs.org


Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT, see http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/) is a national program that educates individuals on how to respond to hazards that may impact their local area, and trains them in basic disaster skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. CERT volunteers can assist their communities following a disaster or other emergencies when professional responders are not immediately available everywhere to help.

To everyone who has expressed or may have interest in Chatham County CERT training - the first CERT class has been scheduled! There is no cost for the class.

The CERT class is 2 1/2 days long. Dates are:
Wed, Feb 28 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu, Mar 01 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri, Mar 02, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Location:
Chatham Co Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro

Please register at this link:
https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?sourcePage=courseSearch&cofId=107980

Please let Terry Schmidt,919-642-3721, know if you have any questions, or have any difficulty registering for the course.

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Chatham Literacy will host its 8th annual Spring for Literacy Luncheon on April 19 (11 am – 2 pm) at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. This year’s keynote speaker is the renowned author Clyde Edgerton with an introduction by NC Bookwatch host D.G. Martin. His talks are always packed with energy, humor and wisdom. He may even sing a song or two.

The Spring for Literacy Luncheon is an important annual fundraising event for Chatham Literacy. Chatham Literacy provides free adult tutoring in reading, writing, English for Speakers of Other Languages and workforce soft skills, as well as citizenship and GED preparation.
Registration for the Spring for Literacy Luncheon is $100 per person.

Register now before this event is sold out: online at chathamliteracy.org or by calling 919-542-6424. Please join us!
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Chatham’s 1st Senior Education Retreat is taking shape. It will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center in Pittsboro.
The Chatham County Council on Aging, in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension, is putting together a day-long program of educational sessions on a wide range of topics. The keynote speaker is Dr. Nortin M. Hadler, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology at the UNC-Chapel Hill.
“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Hadler kick-off what should be a very informative and fun day,” remarked Melanie Girard, director of Development and Communications for the Council on Aging.
Author of a number of books and other publications, including “Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society,” Dr. Hadler encourages people to make better choices and increase their wellness as they age.
Among the many other topics that will be addressed during the day by speakers from Chatham and surrounding counties include fraud and scam protection, advanced directives, spring gardening, cooking for 1 or 2, financial and estate planning, selecting the right footwear, stroke prevention, pain management, discovering Nia as a holistic fitness practice, use of wild plants, downsizing and decluttering, preservation of historical sites, and much more.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for residents of Chatham and our surrounding counties,” noted Dennis Streets, director of the Council on Aging. “Registration will open soon—I encourage people to register early as space will be limited to the first 150 persons.”
The registration price of $25 will include a catered lunch from “The Old Place,” which has operated on a 120-acre farm in Bear Creek since 1979.
All proceeds from the retreat will go to support the work of the Council on Aging in its efforts to serve Chatham seniors and their families. The Council has a growing wait list for such services as Meals on Wheels, In-Home Personal Care, and Family Caregiver Respite.
For more information about this retreat, visit the Council’s website at www.chathamcoa.org or call the Councils’ Eastern Center at 919-542-4512 or its Western Center at 919-742-3975.

Bridge Fest is back again in 2018!

bePhilARThropy is hosting it's 3rd Bynum Bridge Fest * on *April 21st.

bePhilARThropy is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of the arts and philanthropy, striving to make a difference in communities around the world. In the first year, Bynum Bridge Fest raised enough money to plant 650 trees through The Arbor Day Foundation. We topped that in 2017 with 685 additional trees. \

In 2017, the festival grew with 20% more artists than in 2016, and included a student art exhibit, all while continuing to provide artist awards totaling over $550.

if you are an artist or crafts person you are invited to participate. If you are interested in learning more about the festival and entering the juried art show, please follow the link below to bePhilARThropy and apply as an artist.

http://www.bephilarthropy.com

Bridge Artist booth fee: $35.00 per 10 x 10 space

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If you are interested in volunteering in Siler City, Virginia Cross Elementary needs your help.

They are looking for....
- Academic - math and reading tutors
- Lunch buddies
- And more

Please contact the school counselor, Jennifer Butler at jabutler@chatham.k12.nc.us
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The Chatham County Council on Aging encourages eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax preparation service. All VITA services include FREE electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its service on February 3, 2017. VITA is available at no charge to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county residency, as long as eligibility guidelines are met.

Appointments can be made beginning January 16th by calling the number listed below. Callers need to leave their name and number for a return call. Appointment schedulers will help to determine eligibility and provide information such as documents to bring.

Allow two hours for each appointment. Additional information will be available in January at local libraries and at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to prepare computerized federal and state tax returns for eligible clients. Returns are filed electronically at no charge. Each return is reviewed for accuracy and to determine that the return is complete with all applicable deductions and credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Clients with lengthy returns may have to go to a paid preparer. Non-English-speaking clients may need to bring an interpreter with them to their appointment at the Chatham County Senior Centers.

Chatham County Appointment Numbers: 919-542-4512

Chatham County Appointment Dates

Eastern Chatham Senior Center: Tuesdays - Feb 6 - April 10
365 Highway 87 N, Pittsboro Saturdays - Feb 3 - April 14 (except 2/17, 3/3 and 3/24)

Western Chatham Senior Center: Wednesdays - Feb 8 - April 11
112 Village Lake Rd, Siler City Saturdays - Feb 17, March 3 and March 24

Chatham County Appointment Times (No walk-ins)

Eastern Senior Center – Pittsboro: Tuesdays – Hourly from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturdays - Hourly from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Western Senior Center – Siler City: Wednesdays - Hourly from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Limited Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm (see above)

This service is supported by The Chatham County Council on Aging, Orange Co. Connect 55+ and the IRS.

Join Communities in Schools Chatham County on April 15th, 2018 for its Annual Spring Fundraiser. Enjoy tapas, silent auctions, dancing and live jazz music by The Onyx Club Boys from 5 to 8 PM at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

Tickets available at cischatham.org.
For over 22 years, The Hispanic Liaison has worked to empower Hispanics to overcome challenges and make their voices heard in our community.
We have helped thousands of immigrants and their children adjust to life in the U.S., access the resources they need to prosper, and affirm their rights.

In the face of increased raids and deportations, the demise of DACA, the end of Temporary Protective Status for Nicaraguans and possibly other thousands of Central Americans, our work to empower and protect immigrants is more crucial than ever!
We are the only organization offering direct services AND advocacy for immigrants in the rural central Piedmont of NC.
The Liaison depends on you to keep our doors open. Please make a donation today, every dollar counts! Thank you!
Save the Date! Registration will open for What Matters: Women on March 8, 2018.
Raleigh Convention Center | Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 11:30 am
For more information: www.trianglecf.org
On average, 15% of people in the Triangle are living at or below the federal poverty line. That number is higher for women, and the gaps are even wider for women of color and single parents. Women continue to be disproportionately affected as it relates to health, housing, employment, and education, but when they are empowered and have access to the resources they need, women thrive against all odds. And that impacts the entire community – our kids, our economy, and our wellbeing. What can we do to create a region of opportunity for all women? We need everyone at the table – let’s work together to imagine the possibilities, so that we can ensure everyone thrives. Join us!
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We are still building Habitat for Humanity homes in Siler City. The addresses of our construction sites are 422 and 426 East 9th Street. Chatham Habitat will also be building 3 new houses in Pittsboro this Spring. Our plans are to put 5 new partner families in affordable homes over the next 6 to 8 months! Work Dates:
December 2
December 9
December 16

January 6
January 13
January 20
January 27

February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24

*PS: We also work at the construction site every Wednesday and Thursday of each week, if that is more convenient for your schedule*


We still need individual volunteers to come out and help our partner families build . This would be the perfect gift of love to give our partner families, during this holiday season.

We would also love your help in pulling together a group from your church, civic group, place of employment or your community. Please check the dates below and let me know if we can work together to make this happen.

A volunteer group would consist of at least 6 to 10 people coming out on a Saturday morning to work at our construction site. Can you help us make this happen? If so, please call Mechelle Thompson at Chatham Habitat for Humanity (919)542-0794 ext 228 to discuss the details of a construction work day.

*Our work days run from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, with one hour for lunch:*


Book clubs throughout our community are now able to checkout kits created just for them. Each kit will include ten copies of a specially selected title, along with discussion questions, author information, and suggestions for further reading, all contained in a sturdy zippered bag. Fiction kits available now are: * A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles * The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck * The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen * Persuasion by Jane Austen Nonfiction kits available now are: * Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance * Lab Girl by Hope Jahren * The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer * Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery * Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann Upcoming titles to be included are: * The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi * The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland * The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash * An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn * The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro * The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu * Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan * The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan * Grace by Paul Lynch Fiction and nonfiction titles are selected by the Chatham Community Library Book Club<http://www.chathamnc.org/government/departments-programs/library/book-clubs>. After the club has discussed a book, a kit for checkout will be created. Each kit will checkout for six weeks to one library card holder who will be responsible to return the entire kit. Since most book clubs meet monthly, this gives time to pick up the kit, distribute the books to members at a meeting, discuss the book at the next meeting and collect the books, and return the kit to the library where it will be readied for another group to checkout. Book Club Kits have long been available from most other library systems in our area. With generous support from the Friends of the Chatham Community Library<http://www.friendsccl.org/>, Chatham County is now able to offer this service. To reserve a kit for your group, please send a message to cclbookclub@chathamlibraries.org<mailto:cclbookclub@chathamlibraries.org> or call the library at 919-545-8084. We will gladly accept a book club kit donation from outside clubs. When your group is finished with a title, please consider donating ten copies to the library for other groups to borrow.
Lunch Buddies needed!
Can you spare 30 minutes a week to have lunch with a youth at school?
Communities In Schools Chatham County is recruiting adult volunteers that can join a student (K-5 grades), for lunch to see how his/her day is going and encourage positive behavior.

To learn more contact Shirille Lee at (919)663-0116 or shirille@cischatham.org
Make a difference!

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Did you know there's an urban garden smack in the middle of Siler City? It's the Communities In Schools Youth Garden. We are located in what used to be an empty lot next to "Against His Will" at 117 S. 2nd Street. Four years ago, this empty lot was turned into a wonderful garden retreat.
There's nothing more rejuvenating and fun than working with others in the garden. We weedeat, harvest, prepare beds for new plantings, mulch and pull weeds and more. If you or your child is interested in helping out, the more the merrier! Produce is distributed to clients in our social service programs and others less fortunate in our community. Call Gwen at
919.663.0116 ext. 409.
Sign up today for Board Leadership Boot Camp, a collaborative offering brought to you by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation, Executive Service Corps of the Triangle, the Triangle Community Foundation and Youth Forward.

Your commitment is to send 2 Board members to a series of 6 morning sessions on Board Leadership. To help with scheduling, you can identify a third board member to serve as an alternate in the event that one of the two primary board members has a conflict with a session.

Session Dates:

February 27th – Dimensions of Nonprofit Leadership (Note: Executive directors are also invited to attend this session.)
March 27th – The Effective Board
April 10th – Better Board Meetings
May 1st – Nonprofit Fundraising
May 15th – Financial Leadership
June 12th – Nonprofit Sustainability



Location: The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, RTP, NC 27709



Time: 8:00-10:00am



Fee: $250 deposit 100% refundable after you complete the series



Includes: Free consulting to help your board implement best practices



For more information or to sign up: http://www.esctriangle. org/our-services/board- leadership-boot-camp/



Questions: Email Anne Saffer at anne@esctriangle.org or call 919-294-9803
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The 4th annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held April 14, 2018 at Jordan Lake Educational State Forest on Big Woods Road. Teams or individuals can compete for the greatest distance covered in 6 or 12 hours. Proceeds benefit Chatham County Partnership for Children. More info at: www.chathamkids.org/12-hour.
Help a Child Succeed in School – Become a Volunteer Tutor

Tutors are needed for after-school tutoring and preschool programs that take place at Nature Trail, the manufactured home community on Mt. Carmel Church Road. The after-school program serves elementary and middle-school children and meets Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5. The preschool program meets two mornings and one afternoon per week for about 2 ½ hours each session.

All programs have a lead tutor who plans the lessons and activities to be undertaken each session 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 from time to time.

Tutors can volunteer for one or more days a week during the school year. While it is hoped that tutors will be consistently available during the school year, substitute tutors are available to cover times when a volunteer may be ill or traveling.

These programs are run by a local nonprofit, The Learning Trail. More information can be found on its website at www.thelearningtrail.org. If you are interested in helping a child succeed in school this year, you can find a volunteer form at www.thelearningtrail.org/volunteer which you can complete and submit electronically. Someone will contact you shortly thereafter to discuss your interest.
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CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education) is seeking volunteer foster caregivers to provide quality, temporary in-home care for one or more homeless dogs from Chatham County until they can be permanently adopted by a loving home. CARE does not have a shelter. We can only rescue as many animals as we have space for in the homes of our volunteer foster caregivers.

While in the homes of foster caregivers, we ask that dogs receive affection, food, shelter and socialization to be successfully adopted. CARE pays for the cost of veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccines and food.

New foster caregivers are assigned an experienced mentor, who will guide them through the procedures and guidelines for dog care, fostering and CARE’s policies. Fostering a dog takes time and energy. However, it is a wonderfully rewarding experience and a critical need in Chatham County.

If you would like information on becoming a dog foster caregiver, please contact CARE at 919-542-5757 or dogwelfare@chathamanimalrescue.org.
Whether you are seeking to tone your body or transform your mind, the studio offers more than 50 classes each month :
Nia, Yoga, Ballroom Dance, Inclusive Dance, Belly Dance, Meditation, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Pilates, Kindermusik, Gong Bath, Sacred Sounds Meditation, More.
In addition, we have a variety of special events each month designed to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.
For a class schedule and more information about our events and talented teachers, please visit www.thejoyofmovementcm.com.
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