Register to make a difference
For more than two decades, the Points of Light has sponsored Make A Difference Day, which connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities, and promotes civic engagement.
Through Make a Difference Day, the Volunteer Center, a nonprofit that acts as a hub for the nonprofit community throughout the Triangle, is joining hundreds of other organizations around the country that are engaging in community service.
There are projects throughout the Triangle in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh. Triangle nonprofits are registering service projects for Friday, Oct. 24 or Saturday, Oct. 25. Previous projects included re-building a bridge for the Birchwood Learning Center, cleaning Ellerbe Creek in kayaks, helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation with parking at the State Fair and working with The Ronald McDonald House. There will be opportunities available for businesses and organizations that would like to work as teams, as well as opportunities for individuals.
Make A Difference Day is a unique opportunity for all of us to come together on this special day and make our community a better place. We are so fortunate in this area to have so many worthwhile organizations that truly DO Make a difference every day, and we are excited to be able to help organize this event for our nonprofit partners. We hope to involve the business community in these projects as well as individual volunteers.
For more information, please visit us at thevolunteercenter.org or contact Lenore Donaldson at 919-613-4515 or Lenore@thevolunteercenter.org.
Sustain-a-Bull new members drive underway
Durham’s non-profit independent business alliance, Sustain-a-Bull is launching a Membership Drive through Nov. 15 to add new local business owners and community supporters to our roster.
Established in 2010 by independent business owners in Durham, Sustain-a-Bull has provided a vital program that supports and protects the city’s culture and thriving local business community. We already host a network of over 130 local businesses, providing networking, marketing and community engagement opportunities throughout the year.
Sustain-a-Bull promotes and supports locally owned, independent businesses in the Durham community based on the belief that independent businesses are vital to Durham’s economy, culture, and environment. Sustain-a-Bull is affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance’s (AMIBA) network of over 75 similar organizations around the country which work together to help locally owned businesses thrive in the communities that they serve.
In addition to opportunities and benefits for representatives of local businesses, Sustain-a-Bull has recently added membership opportunities for supporters of local businesses to become members. Community supporters will receive special offers and invitations to Sustain-a-Bull events.The first 50 people to sign up will also get a free Sustain-a-Bull T-shirt.
Look for Sustain-a-Bull representatives at a variety of community functions this fall including food truck rodeos and the Durham Farmer’s Market. Stop by, say hello and learn about all the reasons that it is important to shop local!
Membership drive coordinator
East Main HQ a puzzling choice
Regarding “East Main site favored for new police HQ,” (DN, bit.ly/1y7tezB)
Demolishing these buildings (Carpenter-Chevrolet, circa 1923, 1948)) is such a mistake, especially when the county owns the gigantic parking lot next door.
If the new police HQ must go on East Main (which is strange because I've never thought of a police headquarters as a catalyst for economic development and a source of jobs that people in nearby public housing could walk to), at least make use of the waste of space and terrible urban planning that is the county parking lot taking up a large city block.
Build the HQ building on front half of that lot, and build a shared parking garage on the back half. Leave the existing buildings to be redeveloped by private developers.
“Documenting the history of the place” is not even a close second choice to preservation of 70- and 90-year-old buildings. Let’s just tear down American Tobacco while we're at it, those buildings are so old and useless, no good will ever come of them. We'll just take a bunch of pictures and post them in an exhibit at the Streets at Southpoint so mall patrons can think back to the bad old days when there were actually buildings next to buildings in cities.
(To be perfectly clear – that last paragraph is sarcasm.)
Regarding Innovators forecast the coming Durham (DN, bit.ly/Zs7Upw)
If Durham’s “fundamental funkiness” survives, it won't be in a downtown with this kind of development.
Think it’s cool that people hang out near Motorco? It won't be when all those kick-started independent businesses get priced out.
Durham's on track to become Raleigh Jr. It’s just so boring. And the gentrification is unethical.
via the durhamnews.com
He seconds that
Regarding Melissa Rooney’s My View column, “Robert was right” (DN, bit.ly/1oNxVX1 )
How true! It's not enough to trust that everyone understands how to settle a matter and take a decision, or that consensus will always emerge. If you don't set out in plain terms how things will happen, they probably won't.
via the durhamnews.com
Outrage over prison death
We should all be outraged over the death of Mr. Michael Kerr, who had a serious mental illness and died of dehydration while in the care of our prison system.
Mr. Kerr was in segregation for more than a month before his death. Here suicides occur more often, symptoms become more pronounced, decompensation can occur requiring crisis care to hospitalization. It simply does not work with those with mental illnesses!
What mental health care did he receive while in prison? Were the families concerns about their loved one taken into consideration? We need protections in prisons for those with disabilities, like limits on seclusion and isolation, treatment requirements, and monitoring and oversight. All this can be achieved through requiring accreditation. That has been discontinued in North Carolina, and this is the result.
Despite this truly awful story, there are some positives happening, like the prisons expansion of training for employees to help them understand that many of the behaviors are illness symptoms, not signs of needed disciplinary action. But these changes did not happen fast enough to help Mr. Kerr and his family. Let’s get these changes made now. It’s urgent.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina