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Volunteers needed to survey Carrboro families

Orange County needs volunteers to survey Carrboro families this weekend about the challenges they face and what they think are the community’s strengths.

The survey, organized by the Family Success Alliance, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with training and breakfast. Volunteers will meet at Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. in Carrboro, said Stacy Shelp, with the Orange County Health Department.

Volunteers will work in two-person teams, going door-to-door to conduct the surveys between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They hope to have at least one person on each team who speaks Spanish, Shelp said. Volunteers will be given nametags and red vests, she said.

The Family Success Alliance has identified two Orange County zones for its pilot project aimed at creating a pipeline of success from the cradle to college or a career for children living in poverty.

A survey already was completed in Zone 4, located between I-85 and I-40 in the area surrounding New Hope Elementary School. Saturday’s survey will cover Zone 6, which surrounds downtown Carrboro.

The survey also is available online in English and Spanish at

County officials will report the results of both surveys at community meetings in April and work with those communities to decide what action to take.

If you’d like to help, call Meredith McMonigle at 919-245-2071. Last-minute volunteers also can show up Saturday at Carrboro Town Hall.

More information about the Family Success Alliance is available online or follow the changes on Twitter at @FSA_OC.