The First Ever CEF Newsletter! CEF Documentary. CEF Latino, Featured Member: Equashia Mumeen, and lots of community events!

Featured CEF Member

Equashia Mumeen:
Equashia joined the CEF family through Talking Sidewalks starting in October 2009. Graduating from both the Small Business and Savings Circles she has saved over $1,000, moved out of the shelter and into housing and started a small business making “tar heel” scarves.  Read More about Equashia....

The Numbers

$5,714 Dollars Saved

22 Business Graduates

7 CEF Participants have moved into housing
in the past year!



Member Wish List

Congratulations to Dorothy for moving into her new home! She hosted a house warming party for all of her family and friends and her place is absolutely beautiful! Dorothy and her two adorable girls have a place of their own in Chapel Hill now, but it's still missing a couple things:



—  A Kitchen Table

— A Dresser


If you or anyone you know

has items they could give to

Dorothy, please contact us at

Newsletter #001
March, 2011

What's Hot?
Documentary Trailer

Click Here to watch the newly released trailer of the CEF Documentary, produced by Rumsen Film. The full-feature documentary should be out by Mid-June and will be shown  at the Durham Public Library, but this pre-release is a really nice summary of who we are and what we do.

Double Your Dollars 
Click Here to Donate
From now until June 1st
Every Dollar You Give To CEF Will Be Doubled!
Matched up to $5,000 by the Stewards Fund.


Up and Coming


Annual UNC Box-Out Fundraiser! - April 1st

Featured Program

CEF Latino

       Partnering with El Centro Latino, Latino Credit Union, and the Human Rights Center in Carrboro, CEF began expanding their services to the Hispanic population in Chapel Hill / Carrboro in the summer of 2010. Seven CEF Advocates came together to form CEF Latino and facilitated a six week course on Small Business Training in the Fall. Participants worked through everything from business plans and cash flow to basic budgeting and marketing, and brought business ideas to the table like  Child Care, Cleaning Services, Mobile Hair Salons, and Street Food Vending. 
     With the success of their first training, CEF Latino is pushing forward and plans to launch a second round of training in Mid-March. They have also just begun to offer TAX ASSISTANCE to the community and held a CEF Latino Tax Day just last week. If any still needs help with their taxes, in english or in spanish, please email us info@communityempowermentfund to schedule an appointment.

Support a CEF Business:

Zen Landscaping

 Zen Landscaping works closely with clients to understand their aesthetic vision and make it a reality. Zen Landscaping was founded in the fall of 2010 to address the need for organic landcare and garden design in the Triangle area of North Carolina. 
  • Hardscape and Softscape Design and Installation.
  • General yard cleanup and garden preparation 
  • Garden planting, planning, and care with
  • A focus on sustainable and organic techniques.
  • Other general yard, garden, and land-care services 

For more information or for a free estimate, visit the website at  or contact--Garrett Penley (Owner and Operator):

Phone: 919-240-1795

That's all!

We truly hope you enjoyed the very first edition of the CEF Newsletter! We hope to put one of these together at least once a quarter, if not monthly! Thank you for your support, and for being an electronic member of the CEF family. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions:

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