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Non-Profit Spotlight: Compass Center For Women and Families

“One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.” Violence against women is an appalling human rights violation. But it is not inevitable. We can put a stop to this.” – Nicole Kidman   After more than a decade of collaborating to serve the needs of women and families, the Women’s Center and the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County decided to merge on July 1, 2012, becoming Compass Center for Women and Families.   “The name Compass Center for Women and Families connotes an organization that helps people find direction in their lives,” says Ann Gerhardt, executive director of the Women’s Center and now Compass Center for Women and Families. “It reflects our collective work to create opportunities for individuals to change the direction of their lives through a variety of paths.”   The Compass Center’s mission is to help individuals and families prevent and end domestic violence and become self-sufficient. We provide domestic violence crisis services, career and financial education, assistance with legal resources, and adolescent empowerment programs.    The ultimate goal of the merger is to expand services to more individuals and to provide a more complete continuum of services for clients.  “It takes courage to come to Compass Center for help,”...

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Kids2Carolina 2013 Winter Update

I hope that this column finds everyone off to a great 2013 and having enjoyed a little touch of this snow and winter blast we received last night from mother nature! With being said, I wanted to follow-up on a great non-profit that I featured back in early December and provide you a winter update. We have had an extremely positive response to this column on non-profits and charity organizations, which is due to you our readers, so thank you thank you for your feedback and passion. If you are interested in having your organization recognized on this column...

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Kids2Carolina 2013 Winter Update

I hope that this column finds everyone off to a great 2013 and having enjoyed a little touch of this snow and winter blast we received last night from mother nature! With being said, I wanted to follow-up on a great non-profit that I featured back in early December and provide you a winter update. We have had an extremely positive response to this column on non-profits and charity organizations, which is due to you our readers, so thank you thank you for your feedback and passion. If you are interested in having your organization recognized on this column or on...

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Eve Carson Scholarship Fund

“Learn from every single being, experience and moment. What joy it is to search for lessons, goodness and enthusiasm in others.” – Eve Marie Carson   In the wake of one of the most horrific and unspeakable events in US history this past Friday in Newton, CT , we as American and as humans really are still looking for answers and are in a state of shock at this catastrophic event that has rocked our society to its core. The Connecticut shootings will forever be one of those “I remember where I was events” and anytime something horrible like this happens to children/young people with so much promise and their entire life ahead of them, it really makes you pause in your tracks. It also at the same time makes you feel blessed for the life that you have and the loved ones that are still with you today. This truly institutes the saying that “You must cherish every day like it’s your last” or in the case of Eve Carson “Live every day to its fullest.” So in saying that, please take a moment today and think about your loved ones, especially you parents/grandparents, and the children that you have in your life at this time and if you can hug them, make a call or write an email to them, you’ll be glad you did. Their were...

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"Kids2Carolina"

In May 2012, the Kids2Carolina program was launched on the UNC fan website, www.InsideCarolina.com with the thought of a few people maybe donating $10 here or a few tickets there, but to Cody Thompson’s surprise the response was overwhelming.  IC posters were ecstatic at the thought of someone independent of the university trying to fill the stadium, but more importantly at the idea of a great cause and where this idea could go.  The initial response was donations totaling in the range of $8,500 and also more than 825 tickets to UNC athletic events!  Wow, again much more than he had ever imagined.   Now that the ball started rolling, Kids2Carolina quickly became an incorporated not-for-profit organization based in Chapel Hill and run largely through the time and efforts of volunteers like Thompson. Volunteers have helped to develop and launch a website (www.kids2carolina.org) and to connect the group with organizations that are willing to help and promote Kids2Carolina.  At this time we have had three events already (Elon, Idaho and Maryland Football games) that have been held at Mt Carmel Baptist Church where we provide breakfast for the children and their chaperones, videos of Carolina Football highlights throughout the season, and a guest speaker to talk to the kids about the value of an education and being a person of integrity and high character. “The experience of organizing Kids2Carolina...

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"Giving Tuesday"

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill   The non-profit column is back folks!  After a brief hiatus, Chapelboro is so excited to once again have a monthly column dedicated to the great and noble charities and organizations in our area that need your help.  While I’m proud to say that I will be spearheading the effort on this column and its content, YOU are the best resource we have for what our neighbors are out doing that’s worthy of recognition.  I would love to hear from you on what your passions are and what programs in the community you work with, donate to or maybe have seen signs around town for but wanted to get to know a bit better before dedicating your time and/or your hard-earned money.  We live in such an amazing country and community, and many of us are fortunate enough to have received a great education in a safe environment and have a roof over our head, food to eat and our health, so we want to highlight organizations in our community that are helping those who are not quite as fortunate right now.  As Winston Churchill stated, “[w]e make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.   Amid all the delicious food...

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"In Larry I Trust"

With the 2012 season in the books and the Heels finishing out 8-4 and Coastal Division champs, I would say that there is a lot to be proud of in Chapel Hill and at the Kenan Stadium Football Center!!  Here are just some quick observations/reasons about why I and so many others are “all in” with Fedora and this staff and are thrilled with what the future holds.    1.       No excuses!!  Coach Fedora came into an absolute mess with NCAA sanctions and with it, the opportunity for upper classmen to hit the road and transfer.  Additionally, there was a wavering fan base that was upset with any number of matters – some fans were upset with the way Butch Davis was treated and how he was shown the door; the Ivory Tower academia group was upset with the “over emphasis” that is put on college athletics and have strayed away from academics; some fans just wanted to move on and forget the entire nightmare of the past two years.  And then, in rides Coach Fedora and the first thing he does is install an up-tempo spread style offense that requires pro style players and a 4-2-5 defense even though he inherited basic 4-3 personnel.  Again, there were no excuses, but more of a challenge to the fan base to bond together to support these players on those magical...

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The Light at the end of the Tunnel

It’s finally here ladies and gentlemen…. the last game of the 2012 University of North Carolina football season. Wow, this season has absolutely flown by and, for me; this is when depression sets in. After Saturday, the countdown begins to the opening kickoff of the 2013 season (August 31, 2013) in Columbia, South Carolina. That’s right – 279 days till the flagship school of South Carolina and the Ole’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks take on the flagship school of North Carolina. And if you’re like me, you will be counting down every one of those 279 days through national signing day, spring practice, summer workouts, ACC media day and the pigskin luncheon. With that being said though, this has been a long and winding road for this group of seniors who have lived through 2 ½ years of an emotional roller coaster of change. Not many college football players can say they lived (and endured) through two head coaches, an academic fraud scandal, NCAA sanctions, scrutiny from peers, University faculty and officials, and constant negativity from local fan bases and major local media outlets in particular the Raleigh News & Observer. Within all of this adversity, a group of young men were truly developing before our very eyes not only on the field, but in the community as well (see last week’s column about Jonathan Cooper...

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Gentle Giants

I’m going to take this week’s column from a different angle mostly because I don’t really feel like addressing the onslaught of giving up 68 points to Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech this past weekend.  On top of that, I can’t believe we have lost 13 of the last 15 matchups with the Yellow Jackets — it’s just mind boggling that this dominance is occurring and the tide must stop now (well at least next year)! With that out of the way, the purpose of this week’s article is to address the great work that our student-athletes do out...

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Power Shift

The 5-0 streak is over and the 1-0 streak has begun!  We owe this win and euphoria in large part to one of the greatest plays in Carolina football history.  When Gio Bernard returned that punt 74 yards with 13 seconds remaining to lift the Tar Heels to victory, it was one of the most memorable games since the 2004 upset of the #4 Miami Hurricanes at Kenan Stadium.   This piece will not be about the game which my fellow columnists have done such a good job of covering but rather I want to use this space to evaluate certain issues from a different and more critical angle.  First of all, I was shocked and befuddled to find out that the News and Observer (or as many Carolina fans know it as the “Red Coat”)  reported Sunday morning that the Tar Heels won the contest and even had it covered on the front page of the sport section.  I also was astounded to see that Carlton Tudor, usual public enemy #1 of the UNC Football Program (besides of course Dan Kane — don’t even get me started on that guy) wrote a halfway complimentary piece about Gio Bernard.   Tudor giving props to the Heels is about as difficult for him as listening to nails on a chalkboard.  The win on Saturday over the little brother Wolfpack was...

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