December 2021: Year in Review
Hope you're having a happy holiday season! Here's a look back at some highlights from 2021 from Durham Community Engagement.
We are continuing the Our Community Stories video series in 2022! Coming in January, we're exploring stories from Wheels Fun Park. This event will take place Friday, January 28 at noon. Register for the Zoom link - note, there is a new link for the 2022 series!
As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Wishing you health and happiness!
-Your City of Durham Community Engagement Team
This Year's Impact
Our Community Stories
COVID-19 related webinars
- Holiday safety
- COVID-19 and pregnancy
- Effects of a COVID variant in our community
- COVID vaccinations
- Other session topics: Housing assistance
Funding for Community Partners
- AMIA, through Luma Consulting, LLC, leading engagement in Durham's Latinx communities
- Bragtown Community Association, leading engagement in the Bragtown neighborhood between North Roxboro Street and Old Oxford Highway
- Be Connected Durham, leading engagement along the Fayetteville Street Transit Emphasis Corridor between Lakewood Avenue and Riddle Road
- Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Inc., leading engagement along the Holloway Street Transit Emphasis Corridor
Read more about the partners. We're bringing on 3 new groups in 2022 - stay tuned for the official announcement!
Tuesdays in the Garden: This Fall saw plenty of activities at Hoover Road teaching kids fun things about growing your own food, nature, and science. There were also parties, backpack and school supplies distributions, tie-dyeing, and skateboard and bike giveaways!
GIRLS Camp: Durham's Police Athletic League (PAL) and Community Engagement Staff partered on GIRLS camp this year, designed for girls from four communities in Durham. Our own Alexis John is the recipient of The National PAL 2021 Inspirational Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding support of DPD’s PAL program.
This year also saw Zumba events in Latinx communities, African dance and drumming sessions, information and resource distributions, surveys, distribution of resource bags, community conversations around policing and racial healing, and more. Check out our Facebook for photos from these events.
Partners Against Crime (PACs)
The Partners Against Crime (PAC) program promotes collaboration among police officers, Durham residents, and city and county government officials to find sustainable solutions to community crime problems and quality of life issues. This year the PACs transitioned to online and hybrid meetings, provided in-person events and meetings via Facebook Live, connected residents to resource and City/County officials, and facilitated community conversations.
Together, city wide PAC had 1,000+ residents in PAC meetings this year. Interested in participating? Find your district.
Neighborhood Matching Grants
The Neighborhood Matching Grant program provides up to $2,500 in matching funds to help Durham neighborhoods become better places to live, work, and play. Watch a video summarizing the COVID-19 Neighborhood Partnership Grant program.
Building ECE in the City
The Durham Community Engagement team had many presentations and trainings this year to support equitable engagement efforts in the City. Staff presented at meetings and conferences including the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) annual meeting in May. The team also consulted with various departments and agencies on matters such as fines and fees justice, land use and the Comprehensive Plan, the Belt Line Trail, DCHC MPO's Transit plan, sustainability, budgeting, the Durham Sports Commission, and more.
What's Coming Up + Ways to Get Involved
Our Community Stories: Wheels Fun Park
This newsletter and past newsletters are also available on our website. You can reach us at (919) 560-1647.
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Your Community Engagement Team:
Constance Stancil, James Davis, Lynwood Best, Alexis John, Tannu Gupta, Laura Biediger, Jennie Belle, Miles Spann, Carmen Ortiz, Kevin Jones, Selina Máté, Hallie Orr, and Carolyn Caggia.