Hope your 2022 is off to a good start! Here's a look back at some highlights from January from Durham Community Engagement.
In 2022, the Our Community Stories video will continue! In January, we explored stories from Wheels Fun Park. In February, we will hear stories from West End. The event will take place Friday, February 25 at noon. Register for the Zoom link - note, this is a new link different from the 2021 series!
As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Wishing you health and happiness!
-Your City of Durham Community Engagement Team
This Month's Impact
Community & Culture: Healing Our City
Presented by the Durham Human Relations Commission and sponsored by Neighborhood Improvement Services and Equity and Inclusion departments, was a discussion on the National Day of Racial Healing via Zoom. Topics included neighborhood pride, identity, impacts of racism, and healing. 66 people attended this session on January 18.
GIRLS Camp Escape Room Day
12 GIRLS Camp participants and 5 mentors from Neighborhood Improvement Services and Durham Police Department took on the challenges at Bull City Escape. Mentors selected youth team leads to guide groups through each activity. This outing was selected by camp participants after discussing teamwork and persevering through challenges in recent discussions.
Welcoming America Grant
We received the Welcoming America grant from the Fund to Foster Belonging for $40,000. The campaign is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations across the U.S. to foster a spirit of belonging in their communities. Our project will be art based, planning for a youth art program and an elderly art program! Stay tuned for details.
January's Our Community Stories: Wheels Fun Park
This month's chapter of the Our Community Stories
video series highlighted Wheels Fun Park. Check out the recording on Youtube
, or see all past video recordings on this Youtube playlist
What's Coming Up + Ways to Get Involved
Partners Against Crime (PAC) Meetings
The Partners Against Crime (PAC) program promotes collaboration to find solutions to community crime problems and quality of life issues. Interested in participating? Find your district.
The upcoming meetings are:
- PAC 1: Saturday, 2/19 at 10 am at the Holton Career & Resource Center (401 N Driver St, 2nd floor auditorium)
- PAC 2: Monday, 2/14 at 6 pm on Zoom
PAC 3: Saturday, 2/12 at 10 am on Zoom (password 468987)
PAC 4/5: Saturday, 2/12 at 10 am on Zoom (password BullCity)
Can't make it? Check out past meeting recordings. There's also listservs available for each group.
February Our Community Stories: West End
The next chapter of the Our Community Stories series will spotlight the West End neighborhood, on Friday, February 25 at noon. Sign up for the Zoom session
Durham Rent Relief Program Closes February 6
Durham renters & landlords seeking emergency rental & utilities assistance have until February 6 to submit applications before the Durham Rent Relief Program closes to new applicants.
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