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December 2019
Partner Spotlight

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.

It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

On this #GivingTuesday we ask that you support the nonprofit partners of FSA. They work tirelessly to make our community better and to support the vision of FSA: Break the cycle of poverty so that all children and families in Orange County thrive in school, jobs, and life.


You may see a full list of FSA partners on our website.

New FSA Advisory Council Member:

Emila Sutton: Orange County Housing and Community Development Director 

"I am excited to collaborate and help build an infrastructure of resources and opportunities for Orange County families – to include safe, stable, and quality affordable housing options for all."
Community Events
Is your organization working on equity?

MDC and the Oak Foundation are looking for NC groups and are now accepting “Letters of Interest" until December 4th at  5pm.

Selected organizations will receive funds to advance their work to reduce race and income disparities in educational outcomes among students with learning differences and create learning environments where marginalized students with learning differences will thrive. Directions for organizations interested in submitting a Letter of Interest and other information about the initiative are available here on the ”Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions” page on the MDC website.

Learn more and apply:

Hope Renovations is hiring! 

Do you have a passion for empowering women and helping seniors?  We want to talk to you!

Hope Renovations is hiring!  We are seeking candidates for the following positions:

Program Manager - Trades Training Program (FT) - The ideal candidate will be a whiz at developing and running programs from start to finish, have training experience, and will have background in the trades!

Construction Manager (FT) - Run job sites, engage with clients, manage volunteers... if you want to take your construction management skills and combine them with your passion for the community, this job is for you!

Social Worker/Case Manager (PT) - Help our trainees uncover and address barriers to employment so they can be rockstar tradeswomen!

We offer a benefits package, a generous holiday and vacation policy, and a fun, laid-back startup atmosphere with TONS of growth potential!  For more info and to apply, please visit

Assistance for people who live or work in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

OWASA's Care to Share program raises funds to ensure local families unable to pay their water bill are not without this vital resource. This emergency fund supports people who live or work in Chapel Hill or Carrboro.
Learn more about seeking support from Care to Share or contact IFC at:  919-929-6380 or .
If interested in supporting the program OWASA customers can donate monthly as part of your bill payment. Individuals who are not OWASA account holders can provide a one-time direct to payment IFC.
Need Help to Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Deadline is December 15th!

Free resources:
Legal Aid of North Carolina – Call 1- 855-733-3711 to schedule an appointment with a navigator or on-line   Locations throughout the state. (English & Spanish)
Mondays: Helping Hand Clinic in Sanford   9 am -2 pm 
Tuesdays: UNC Family Medicine in Chapel Hill 9 am- 2 pm 
Wednesdays: First Health Community Center in Pinehurst 9 am -2 pm
Thursdays: Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro 9 am- 2pm
Fridays: Center for Health and Social Care/The Care Suite in Rockingham 9:15 am – 11 am 
Saturdays: May Memorial Library in Burlington 10 am -3 pm

Piedmont Health Services (PHS) – Call the individual sites below to schedule an appointment. Note: Appointments up to 8:00 pm on certain days at certain sites.
Burlington Community Health Center: (919)619-5457 (English & Spanish)
Carrboro Community Health Center: (919)724-5227 (English & Spanish) 
Charles Drew Community Health Center:  (336)260-2720 (English & Spanish)
Moncure Community Health Center: (919)710-1554 (English only)
Prospect Hill Community Health Center: (336)639-0427 (English & Spanish)
Scott Community Health Center: (336)357-7039 (English only)
Siler City Community Health Center: (919)357-8216 (English only)

SHAC Get Covered Carolina (GCC) - Call (919) 590-9266 or email to schedule an appointment. Enrollment locations in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.  (English only)

UNC Family Medicine - Call (919) 545-3440 to schedule an appointment. Enrollment location in Chapel Hill only. (English Only) 

Don’t Delay! Get Covered! Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance! Last year 92% of North Carolinians received financial help.
Holiday Blues
Home for the Holidays! Adoption Special!
All available canines and felines are nearly HALF PRICE until December 31st! For anyone who wants to help but cannot adopt, ask us about sponsoring adoptable pets!

- Canned Pet Food Drive for Pictures With Santa! (Until December 14th )
- Donate 4 cans of pet food up until December 14th, and have your picture taken with Santa on Saturday, December 14th, from 1pm – 4pm at Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill at 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. These canned pet foods will be delivered to families in need by Orange Congregations in Mission and Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels.

We’ll be at the following local events:
- Hillsborough Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 1st .
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 14th.
Holiday with the Horses

Bring the family on Thanksgiving weekend! This event is for  children of all ages. No age restrictions but a 200lb weight restriction please for our horse's safety. 100% of the proceeds to the Blue Skies scholarship fund to support children receiving partial scholarships to summer horse camp.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10am-4:30pm
Six timeslots available for pre-booking:
10, 11am, 12 noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm
Fee: $65 includes riding session with one of the sweet horses of Blue Skies,
hot cider, homemade goodies, holiday treats, and a small gift.
Raindate: Sunday, December 1
Spaces are limited.
Please reserve your spot with a check made out and mailed to:

Deborah Pearson-Moyers
Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC
3609 Pasture Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Choosing Quality Child Care Seminar
Between Us and Abuela

Book Club with Susie Wilde

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border, written by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Sara Palacios (FSG; ages 4-7)

Maria has knitted a scarf and Juan has drawn a picture to celebrate Posada with their grandmother. After 5 years, they are visiting Abuela at the border during “La Posada Sin Frontera.” They have to wait 30 minutes but when they’re united, “for a moment the fences are invisible.” When they are saying goodbyes, a guard stops Maria from feeding her scarf through a small hole in the fence. Little Juan falls apart when he can’t share his picture, but Maria comes up with a creative solution which surmounts physical limits, for she knows the family’s love will not be limited.

How do you celebrate the holidays with your family?

Have you ever come up against a problem that seems like it has no answer? Tell about it.

Have you ever come with a creative solution to a problem? What was the situation and what did you do?

What character traits do you think of Maria showed to solve her problem?

What are the best character traits you have to solve problems?
Free Citizen Class
Visit Orange Literacy at: :
FREE ACT Prep Class
Juniors take the ACT test in NC high schools on February 25, 2020! Attend this class to find out how to get your student on the right track for this important exam.

The session includes a strategy session focused on sample test questions, info about using test scores to get college scholarships, and an ongoing Q&A during which participants get all their ACT and SAT questions answered. REGISTER NOW.

For more information on APlus Test Prep & Academic Services click here.
How will the "Public Charge" rule affect immigrants in North Carolina?

UPDATE: The "Public Charge" rule has been blocked in court nationwide as of 10/11/19. The rule did NOT go into effect on 10/15/19. It will be on hold until the courts decide whether or not it can go into effect. This 20-minute video helps you to understand this rule.
What is Public Charge and How Does it Affect Our Community?

Take the Survey.

The North Carolina Justice Center is interested in learning more about the impact of both the proposed “public charge” rule, and immigration enforcement in general, on immigrant families’ willingness to enroll in public benefit programs in North Carolina.  We know that all of the confusion and fear surrounding immigration policy and enforcement is causing many people to question whether they or their children should continue participating in these programs.  We’d like to get some sense of the scope of the problem, and to hear what immigrant families’ reactions to the changing policy landscape has been.
The purpose of this survey is to document the impact of the public charge rule change on immigrant communities across North Carolina related to the final Department of Homeland Security public charge inadmissibility rule, published on August 14th 2019 in the Federal Register and currently blocked in the courts, as well as general fears relating to immigration enforcement.
Responses will be kept anonymous and summarized results will be shared with partner organizations and the national Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign.

When taking the survey, please:
  • answer the following questions based on your *first-hand encounters* with immigrant clients, patients, or community members pertaining to themselves, their child, and their other family members,
  • do not include confidential or identifiable information in this survey, and
  • only answer the survey one time.
This survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes for you to complete.  You can find the survey here.

If you have questions about this survey please feel free to contact Kate Woomer-Deters at or Suzy Khachaturyan at
Weater tips

Low temperatures can bring the possibility of water line breaks and power outages due to high electrical demand, and the town has created informational documents with tips for personal protection and avoiding frozen pipes. These documents are available on the Ready Hillsborough page of the town’s website, along with links to other resources.

Please report water line breaks, frozen meters and similar water emergencies immediately by calling 919-732-3621.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables


These vegetables can be made on a weekend and used throughout the week. They go well with a variety of main dishes and are packed with vitamins and great flavor.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables: Side Dish Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 15 minutes 
Inactive Time: 1 hour 39 minutes 
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes 


• 8 oz mushrooms, halved 
• 2 bell peppers (I use 1 red and 1 green), cut into 1 inch squares 
• 1 zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4 inch pieces 
• 1/2 red onion, cut into large pieces 
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed 
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
• 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
• 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, chopped (I use a mix of thyme, basil, oregano and parsley, or you could use 1 teaspoon dried herbs) 
• 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Cut and chop the vegetables and put them in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, fresh herbs and salt, and stir until combined. Pour over vegetables and stir to coat vegetables.
Cover vegetables and let them sit on the counter to marinate an hour, or cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
Light your grill to high, using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables from the bowl to a grill pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Remove from grill, transfer into a bowl and serve.

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Family Success Alliance

300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

FSA staff work at the Orange County Health Department.

Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
(919) 245-2458 or

Program Manager: Meredith McMonigle 
(919) 245-2071 or

Zone 4 Navigators
Antonia Cortes Sanchez - (919) 695-5982 or
Claudia Yerena - (984) 209-3864
Rhonda Morales -  (919) 698-3925 or

Zone 6 Navigators
Erika Cervantes - (984) 209-3723 or
LaKaya Craig - (919) 695-2271 or
Mariela Hernandez - (919) 695-6969 or
Ling Oy - (919) 257-9960 or
Jena Dolby -  (919) 698-9152 or

Informatics Manager: Juliet Sheridan
(919) 245-2409 or

Communications Manager: Kristin Prelipp
(919) 245-2462 or

Communications Specialist: Zannie Gunn
(919) 245-2410 or


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