Flood Insurance Study; OWASA Blood Drive; Non-Profit Funding

CHAPEL HILL – A new Orange County Flood Insurance Study will be held in meeting room A at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 18.

Residents and businesses are invited to review the flood hazard and flood risk data.  Beginning at 4:00 p.m., data will be presented on computers and layered over the County’s parcel.  At 5:00 p.m. a brief presentation will be given by the NC Floodplain Risk Mapping Program and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the public may ask questions.

For more information click here.


On December 27, OWASA will hold an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m. and needs your support.

The blood drive will be in the community room on the lower floor of OWASA’s AdministrationBuilding.  People who come out to donate will receive a free Red Cross long sleeve shirt.

Appointments are recommended to move through quickly, but walk-ins are welcome after noon.


The Human Services Advisory Board is accepting applications from outside agencies and non-profits for funding during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Forms are available online for non-profits human service agencies serving Chapel Hill.  All applications should be electronically submitted or delivered to Chapel Hill Human Services Coordinator Jackie Thompson by 5:00 p.m. January 24.

For more information call Jackie Thomson at 919-968-2760.


Night At Vimala’s To Honor Domestic Violence Victim

CHAPEL HILL- Next month, the local community is invited to an event designed to benefit domestic violence prevention by remembering one of its sufferers.

“Martha’s Day” shares its name with the mother of Laura Morrison, who was a victim of domestic violence 17 years ago. Morrison, who’s organizing the program, says it coincides with both her mother’s birthday and the birthday of Chapel Hill’s Compass Center.

“I do something for her birthday every year, but this is the first year I’ve done something public and charitable,” she says. “It all came together really quickly, and I’m really excited about where it’s headed.”

The Compass Center was born last July with the merging of the Chapel Hill Family Violence Prevention and Women’s Centers. The organization is designed to end domestic violence through crisis services, court advocacy, financial literacy workshops, and a variety of other programs.

The Martha’s Day event will take place at Vimala’s Curryblossom Café. Morrison says the restaurant’s owner, Vimala Rajendran, was especially open to the idea because she too was a victim of domestic violence.

“I know she’s very giving, but I didn’t expect her graciousness with this event,” she says. “I think at first, she was almost more excited about it than I was, which was really encouraging for me.”

Morrison says the event will include dinner, with donations encouraged, along with a few other surprises.

“Certain levels of donations will get you certain things from the menu,” she says. “An in-person donation of more than $250 will get you the ‘Martha Plate,’ which will be a special meal and a glass of wine. We’ll have live music, I’m sure someone from Compass Center will speak, and I will likely speak. The other piece of it is a raffle sponsored by DSI comedy for an iPad mini.”

Martha’s Day is set for July 8 from 6-9 p.m, but you can also make a donation online before the event by clicking here.


Carolina Tiger Rescue Seeks Public Help In Rescuing One Ill Animal

PITTSBORO-One local nonprofit organization is seeking the public’s help in saving the life of an ailing wild animal.

Animal Control authorities confiscated a tiger in Orangeburg County, South Carolina who was being kept as a pet by a private over—and Carolina Tiger Rescue of Pittsboro retrieved the animal last week. Carolina Tiger Rescue Executive Director Pam Fulk says the tiger, who’s been named Aria, is doing better, but she still has a long way to go.

“She wasn’t even lifting her head,” she says. “She was very dehydrated at that point, and we were really questioning whether she’d even make it back here. But she did, and in the past week she’s made amazing progress.”

Carolina Tiger Rescue is seeking donations, primarily to address Aria’s medical care and safe return to a suitable habitat. In the meantime, Aria will be quarantined for at least 30 days.

“We’ve given her a lot of drugs to address many, many symptoms,” she says. “We’re beginning to get some of idea of some of the things that may be causing her medical condition. The issue is that we are using a lot of medications, and we still don’t know what’s ahead for her, or even whether she’ll survive.”

For information on how to make a donation, click here.