Equitable Community Engagement - November 2021 Recap

Equitable Community Engagement - November 2021 Recap

We're trying a new newsletter format starting this month, looking back on how we've engaged with Durham communities this November with our focus on equity. Let us know what you think, and please share with anyone who you think might be interested.

This December, we're exploring stories from McDougald Terrace as part of the Our Community Stories video series. This event will take place Friday, December 17 at noon. RSVP on Facebook and register for the Zoom link.

As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Wishing you health and happiness!

-Your City of Durham Community Engagement Team 

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This Month's Impact 

Hoover Road - Pumpkin Party

On October 27, the Durham Community Engagement team partnered with Durham Housing Authority and Durham Cooperative Extension to bring a pumpkin party to the kids at Hoover Road. Check out the photos on Facebook!

Our Community Stories

Since our October newsletter, we've had two chapters of the Our Community Stories series! Check out the videos on Youtube for Lincoln School of Nursing from 10/29, and Youth Activism from 11/19. (The next one is McDougald Terrace on 12/17 - see the Facebook event!)

COVID-19 and Pregnancy Community Conversation

A Facebook Live session was held on 11/4  for discussion about pregnancy during COVID. Spanish-language interpretation was provided. See the English recording on Facebook.

Building Stronger Neighborhoods: Durham One Call

A Facebook Live session was held on 11/10 to highlight Durham One Call, a hub for information about City programs and services as well as the way to submit non-emergency issues. See the recording on Facebook.

Virtual Financial Coaching

On November 12, the City of Durham partnered with Change Machine to provide free financial coaching to Hoover Road residents. Coaches provide help building credit, starting and building savings, managing debt, and more. Did you miss it? Call 1-877-695-4447 to speak with a financial coach. 

Lyon Park - Tree Planting Celebration

100 trees were planted in Lyon Park on Saturday 11/13 to African drumming and an art showcase. 

Community Conversations: Public Safety

A Facebook Live session was held on 11/18 centered around the Partners Against Crime (PAC) and public safety in Durham. See the recording on Facebook for info about the PAC districts and to catch the session.

Neighborhood Stop the Bleed and CPR Training

Community Engagement Staff recently partnered with Community Leader Ashley Canady, Durham Fire Department, Durham County Emergency Medical Services, The Bull City Professional Firefighters, Durham Police Department and Duke Trauma to provide Neighborhood Stop The Bleed and hands-only CPR training. 30+ staff members volunteered to complete "Train The Trainer" sessions and began outreach in McDougald Terrace, earlier this month. Residents engaged in a Fire/EMS personnel meet & greet, one-on-one training and received a take home safety kit. See photos on Facebook.

Community Highlight

FY22's Community Partners, local groups who contract with the City to design and lead engagement in their communities, are in process of being selected for funding. An RFP workshop was held 11/3, and proposals were due by 11/17. See the 2021 partners.

What's Coming Up + Ways to Get Involved

Our Community Stories: McDougald Terrace

The next chapter of the Our Community Stories series will spotlight McDougald Terrace, on Friday, December 17 at noon. Sign up for the Zoom session, and RSVP on Facebook!

Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS) Highlight

Welcome Selina!

We are excited to welcome Selina Máté (rhymes with "latte") as the City/County inaugural Refugee & Immigrant Affairs Strategist. Selina is a graduate of Huntington University with a BA in history, legal studies. Prior to coming to the City of Durham, she worked at World Relief where she designed and implemented their Youth Mentorship Program that assists refugee youth participants between the ages of 15-24 in the Triangle area to achieve educational and vocational advancement while successfully integrating into their new communities. In her new role, she hopes to utilize her experience to improve accessibility to local government and programs for the immigrant and refugee community in Durham. In her free time, Selina enjoys spending time in Guatemala visiting friends and traveling the US in her campervan.

We have a new logo!

Thanks to designer Garry Atkinson, we now have a new bull emblem to accompany our Community Engagement logo. The colorful threads of the bull are meant to mirror Durham's intertwining cultures, neighborhoods, histories, and identities. You'll see it coming up on our flyers, website, social media, and more!

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Thank you,

Your Community Engagement Team

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  • Carolyn Caggia
    published this page in News 2021-12-02 21:12:11 -0500