2020 Winners!

We are so excited to announce that after receiving over 20,000 votes from our community, the following organizations were the top ten highest vote earners and will be receiving advertising credit through the Campaign for Local Community Nonprofit Advertising Fund! 

The amount of credit awarded will depend entirely on the amount raised by the Fund by October 9th, 2020. 

Please donate to help build the fund today.

Your donation benefits each of these organizations:

Carolina For The Kids
Chapel Hill Service League
EmPOWERment Inc.
Eyes Ears Nose and Paws
IFC (Inter-Faith Council for Social Service)
Meals On Wheels Durham
South Orange Rescue Squad
The Community Empowerment Fund
Volunteers for Youth, Inc.


More about the nonprofits on this year’s ballot:

The mission of Abundance NC is to promote community resilience through health, sustainability, culture and equity.  

We have two events coming up that we would like to advertise, which are the 13th Annual PepperFest and 5th Annual Death Faire along with a need to spread the word of our Neighbor2neighbor program….people helping each other with food and bill paying.

The mission of the Carolina For The Kids Foundation is to provide major emotional, medical, and financial support for the patients and families served by UNC Children’s Hospital.

The goals of the organization center around raising funds for the patients at UNC Children’s, and to accomplish this we need community engagement. During COVID times this has become more difficult, yet patients need our assistance more than ever. Our organization could benefit from advertising in order to increase reach around the local community and promote our cause to people who might be interested in sponsoring or joining.

Chapel Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation’s mission is that all students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools receive an excellent and equitable education from the highest quality teachers.

We would like to advertise on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com to increase publicity around our main events including Teacher Supply Store, 5K for Education, and Teacher’s Breakfast and Roses Event.

The Chapel Hill Service League mission is to serve our community through positive, high impact projects, with a focus on women’s and children’s issues.  Each year the Chapel Hill Service League provides hundreds of volunteer hours and hands-on support to many local non-profits to make their fundraising, events and community efforts a success. Christmas House, our signature community project for over 70 years, helps make the holidays brighter for over 800 children in our community.

As an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Chapel Hill Service League would leverage this advertising to increase visibility, promote our community projects, and recruit new members during a time when in-person recruiting is limited. This advertising would increase our volunteer capacity and its resulting community impact in this and future years.

Current President Beth Friedman called in to chat with News Director Brighton McConnell on September 8th:

Club Nova provides opportunities for individuals living with mental illness to lead meaningful lives of their choice in the community.  We create positive change in how people view, support, accept and relate to individuals living with mental illness.  Everyone who lives with a mental illness in out community is respected for their individual strengths, abilities and unique gifts as colleagues, neighbors, and friends.

Club Nova’s goal is to expand our reach to members of the community who may be struggling with mental illness for the purpose of informing them of our services and mission, as well as engaging new donors, volunteers, and community partners.

The Community Empowerment Fund’s mission is to cultivate opportunities, assets, and communities that support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty.  CEF provides person-centered support, financial education, and asset building tools to individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

We would use advertising on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com to increase awareness about our work–hoping to increase donations and volunteers. If we receive advertising credit we would also advertise our up-coming (virtual) annual event, the Piggy Bank Bash which is scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020. The Piggy Bank Bash is a great opportunity to learn more about CEF; connect with staff, Members, Advocate, and Board Members; and celebrate the successes of 2020.

Listen as Executive Director Donna Carrington describes their mission to Ron Stutts on August 31st:

The mission of the Community Home Trust is to strengthen our community with permanently affordable housing opportunities.  Community Home Trust has opened the door to affordable housing for more than 500 households: families and individuals, many of whom serve this community, who otherwise could not afford to live here in southern Orange County.

In addition to sharing our story, with the virtual world being the way we are gathering these days and for the foreseeable future, Community Home Trust needs help in attracting the public to our signature event, Opening Doors, on October 30 and the pre-event activities (two contests – Bartender Battle and Creative Cook-Off).

CORA provides food to individuals and families within our community who are in need during difficult personal economic periods. CORA is a place of hope and comfort for many in our community, where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and nutritious food to help meet their needs.

CORA is looking to expand our reach across Chatham County to not only donors, but also families that may be facing hunger. Through marketing our mission and needs on The Hill/Chapelboro.com we hope to increase financial donations, food donations, and the number of those receiving our services.

The mission of the Dispute Settlement Center is to promote and bring about the peaceful resolution of conflicts through mediation, conciliation, facilitation and training.  We help individuals and groups resolve conflict constructively.

We want to get the word out that we are available for telephone or online consultations about conflicts, and that online mediation and facilitation works! We know that people are having pandemic-related household and workplace conflicts, and there is help.

Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham – it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which has supported the arts in Durham, NC and the Triangle Region since 1954. Today DAC serves more than 400,000 visitors and program participants, 2,000+ artists, and 200+ arts and cultural organizations each year through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grant programs, technical support and information, arts advocacy, creative economy and creative place-making initiatives.

Advertisement with The Hill and/or Chapelboro would be essential in helping DAC reach the goals of reaching a broader demographic and geographic population for our virtual camps, classes, and events and providing more arts options throughout the Triangle. While DAC has existed since 1954, our community is often unaware of the extent of what we do to serve the arts community. YOU can be a part of helping us to change that.

Eyes Ears Nose and Paws (EENP) partners people with dogs to improve lives. We work with the correctional system to train assistance dogs that we partner with people who have disabilities. This is a triple win: our dogs get full-time attention, training, and love; the inmate-trainers develop interpersonal, leadership, and job skills while giving back to the community despite their incarceration, and our clients receive life-changing support for their disabilities in the form of a highly-trained canine partner.

Since most of these events (including our own Client-Dog Team graduation) can’t happen this year, we are in great need for new marketing outlets. Through marketing we hope we can find clients (let people in need know we exist and how to apply for canine partnership) as well as volunteer recruitment. We just bought a house in Hillsborough that we are starting to renovate in the fall so we are hoping to raise funds and have community work days in the future.

EmPOWERment Inc. is the only non-profit in Orange County that addresses social justice issues for communities of color and low wealth through affordable housing, community organizing and economic development.  The many objectives of EmPOWERment have directed and established The Mission “to empower individuals and communities to achieve their destiny through community organizing, affordable housing, and grassroots economic development.”

Currently, EmPOWERment, Inc. owns 58 rental units in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough, which makes us one of the largest providers of affordable rentals in Orange County.  We are planning a 2021 Capital Campaign to raise money for the PEACH Apartments, an eight-unit affordable rental project coming to Johnson Street in Chapel Hill.  We would like to use advertising to promote this project, share all the wonderful things EmPOWERment is doing around housing, economic
development, and community engagement, and more.


Located in Chapel Hill, Extraordinary Ventures operates a portfolio of small businesses with the mission to create meaningful career opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Extraordinary Ventures currently employs more than 50 people across its six local enterprises.

As we approach the holiday season, a big focus of ours is to drive traffic to our EV Gifts business. A more specific goal is to persuade more retailers to carry our EV Gifts products in their stores. We have awesome handmade lip balms that come in a nice register/checkout display box, highlighting our mission. It would be amazing if we could spark an initiative for businesses/retailers/grocery stores to sell our lip balms at checkout.

FRANK is a contemporary fine arts gallery, featuring work by local artists and enriching our community through exhibitions, events, and arts education.  FRANK Gallery works to promote and give a voice to local and regional artists as well as educate the community through events and classes covering nearly every facet of art education.

We would love to have help in broadening our reach to a new and expanded audience of all backgrounds and ages in order to share our mission, our virtual initiatives, and our gallery hours with more people as well as people who are new to the area.  Also, in October we will be having our 10th Annual Off the Wall Gala, this fundraising event which is typically in the Spring was moved to October 10th and will be virtual. We also have our regular exhibits changing every two months and our holiday show starting in November. 

Listen to FRANK Gallery Manager Natalie Knox talk with Ron Stutts about the Campaign for Local on August 28th:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

 We are still planning events even in the COVID world we live in now, and would love to be able to promote anything from large (currently virtual) fundraisers to home dedications to Hillsborough ReStore events to everything in-between. We have a lot of exciting projects we are working on, and would love to be able to have general PSA’s to recruit volunteers, share about application periods for new homes or our Home Preservation Program, and maybe even find a way to share snippets of homeowner stories.

At Hope Renovations, we inspire hope in women and older adults for a joyful and fulfilling future. We’re new and we’ve got a couple of awesome programs and we need to get the word out! We have a fun (and FREE!) training program that prepares women for jobs in the construction trades where they can make living wages (and destroy that pesky gender gap!) We want EVERY woman in Orange to know about it! We also help seniors of all incomes by carrying out repairs and renovations in their homes, giving our trainees the chance to gain skills working alongside our crew! 

Advertising with WCHL would allow us to expand our reach, with the goal of more applicants, more clients, and more donations of funds, tools and materials! We are also planning a fun virtual event for late fall, and some “Workshop Warrior Women” hands-on trainings that we want people to get excited about!

Listen to Founder and CEO Nora Spencer’s interview with Ron Stutts on September 17th:

Independent Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer nonprofit rescue organization based in Durham that rescues and cares for stray, abandoned and abused companion animals fostered in private homes and receive complete veterinary care, including vaccinations, microchips and sterilization prior to adoption.

Due to Covid-19, IAR’s annual auction, our largest fundraiser, will be moving online October 10-24, 2020 with a silent auction, online storytelling, and rescued animal videos. We hope to avail Independent Animal Rescue of on-air advertising with WCHL to promote the multi-day event to raise critical animal rescue funds. 

Our mission is to confront the causes and respond to the effects of poverty in our community.  IFC tailors its approach according to the member or resident’s circumstances. Our continuum of services includes preventing housing loss, providing shelter, facilitating access to permanent housing in the community, emergency financial assistance, and groceries through our food pantry.

 The use of WCHL advertising, if granted, would be used to ask the community to continue to engage with us in ways that are meaningful, fun, and educational by supporting our efforts to fund raise to support our work to end homelessness, our Holiday Meals program, and our Food Pantry, to find volunteers, and to provide education and awareness around the issues of poverty and social justice specifically as they relate to Orange County. 

Development and Communications Director Jennifer Gill talked with Aaron Keck on September 15th:

With a focus on STEM education, the arts, child health and emerging literacy, Kidzu Children’s Museum inspires children and the adults in their lives to learn through creative, purposeful play.

One of the biggest obstacles we as an organization face is how to most effectively reach members of our community that might not yet know about us and what we have to offer. We are really excited about this opportunity, as we would use the advertising to spread awareness about our organization and the numerous programs and resources we have made available to families and educators during our closure due to COVID-19.

Executive Director Lisa Van Deman came in to talk with Aaron Keck on September 3rd:

KIPP Durham is an affiliate of KIPP Eastern North Carolina.  The mission of KIPP ENC is to empower all of our students with the skills, knowledge, and character necessary to succeed in the colleges of their choice, strengthen their community, and fight for social justice.

We would use advertising to increase visibility for our organization so as to make families aware of the free support we offer to help children succeed in education access and life.

The mission of Meals on Wheels of Durham is to enhance the quality of life for seniors, peoples with disabilities, and other eligible community members who are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves by delivering meals, offering personal interactions, and providing other complementary services.

Advertising credit on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com would help in enhancing our presence in the community and discussing our current increased need due to COVID-19.

Aaron Keck caught up Executive Director Jason Peace on September 22nd:


The mission of Meals on Wheels of Orange County  is to enhance the well-being of older adults by alleviating hunger and reducing isolation.

We would use advertising to raise the profile of MOWOCNC and awareness of our organization and the services offered, to make the community aware of the needs and challenges facing older adults across our community, and to inform the community of the importance and impact of community support (volunteer and donor) on the lives of our recipients and broader community impact.

Executive Director Rachel Bearman chatted with Ron Stutts on September 16th:

The mission of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center is to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy with a vision of a world free of sexual violence and all other forms of oppression.

We would like to advertise OCRCC’s available services, and opportunities for community involvement in helping to end sexual violence.

Executive Director Rachel Valentine chatted with Aaron Keck on September 11th:

Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and building lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education and care.

Help us spread the word: Paws4ever is here to support pet owners throughout their pet’s life, from rescue, adoption, training, legacy care, and everything in between. With the help of advertising with WCHL, we can find homes for more cats and dogs, save more animals from crowded county shelters, and provide resources to help keep animals in homes and prevent unnecessary animal surrenders.

The Piedmont Wildlife Center inspires people to develop a positive lifelong connection with nature and encouraging active engagement in conservation. We accomplish this mission through a community-oriented approach to nature education, leadership development, and conservation science.

The chance to use 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro would enable us to expand our reach since we do programs for CHCCS, Orange and Durham County schools, charter and private schools as well as operate camps, etc at Leigh Farm park in Durham, and Blackwood Farm Park in Orange counties.  We have been running fundraisers like our “Fly Thru’s” and have a “Running Wild Virtual Race” coming up in October that will be our main fundraiser this year and a first time event for us, replacing our annual auction due to COVID-19. 

Aaron Keck caught up with Executive Director Karen McCall on September 24th:

The mission of PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro is to alleviate hunger and promote better nutrition in the community by: ensuring our local pantries are well-stocked with non-perishable food; distributing fresh food directly into the hands of families with children in the public schools identified as food insecure; creating more public awareness about the severity of hunger in the community; building collaborations with local community partners to maximize hunger relief and minimize duplication of services; advocating to protect and strengthen government policy at the local, state, and national level to help people struggling with hunger; and serving as a model of innovation for other communities seeking simple, effective ways to address local hunger.

With the COVID crisis both increasing the number of people who need food assistance and interrupting our regular food collections and distributions, we would use the exposure on WCHL/Chapelboro.com to get the word out about the increased need for food donations in our community, and to promote our adjusted plans for PORCH food collections and distributions to community members.

The mission of The Salvation Army Boy and Girls Club of Durham is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  There are currently two Boys & Girls Club locations in Durham which operate independently. Ours is a program of The Salvation Army.

We are currently implementing a robust virtual learning program with our members. Each child is fully engaged in a safe, socially distanced environment while participating in their classroom and school online learning.  If awarded with advertising we would work to inform listeners about after school programs and community resources, and highlight prominent students and community donors.

The Scrap Exchange is a creative reuse center whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.  Since 1991, The Scrap Exchange has been collecting materials from local businesses & residents, and distributing these reclaimed resources to artists, educators, makers, and students.

Like so many businesses, The Scrap Exchange has had to pivot in response to COVID-19. We would use advertising to let the community know about our current operations and initiatives. While we are open and operating, our revenue is not where it would be in normal times. For this reason, we are relying more than ever on fundraising. Therefore, we would use advertising to invite the community to support our mission and our work by making financial contribution to the Scrap Exchange.

Listen as Executive Director Laura Nicholson and Development and Finance Director Wendy Smith talk with Aaron Keck on September 2nd:

SKJAJA Fund’s mission is connecting kids in families with limited resources to the community through extracurricular activities and community service. SKJAJA helps students uncover their passions and bridges the gaps by paying for activities that aren’t covered by scholarships.

WCHL / Chapelboro has been a great partner for SKJAJA, and we would love to be able to include more radio, interviews, and promotions for overall awareness of our mission. Over the years SKJAJA’s relationship with WCHL has proved to be a key tool for getting our message out to the local community – increased advertising with y’all would go a long way toward reaching our goal!

Charlotte White and Chris Wallace from SKJAJA stopped in to talk with Aaron Keck on September 21st:

It is the Mission of South Orange Rescue Squad to foster high professional standards & acts of service by its membership to its community for the provision of Emergency, General and Technical Rescue Services. South Orange Rescue Squad seeks to carry out these spirited goals by organizing local residents and students, providing training and coordinating provision of services in conjunction with established professional agencies in Orange County, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Expanding the public awareness and public outreach for citizens of the local community to learn more about who South Orange Rescue is and the vital community services that they provide. The scope of services provided by South Orange is vast and varied, but not well known in the local community. We hope that through increased visibility and awareness of this all-volunteer organization will help us expand our donor and volunteer support that is critical to support our mission.

StandUp-SpeakOut of NC provides services for child witnesses and victims of domestic violence. StandUp-SpeakOut of NC (SUSO-NC) exists to support and advocate for youth who have experienced complex trauma as a result of domestic violence through the integration of Expressive Arts and a holistic strength-based-resiliency model. SUSO-NC breaks the psychological and generational cycle of abuse by helping victims and survivors achieve self-efficacy and hope for a future free of violence.

StandUp-SpeakOut of NC is seeking to partner with 97.9 The Hill to provide marketing and promotion for our overall organization. We would love to share our message and our mission to the community. We provide a wide range of services and programs that are being offered during COVID-19 virtually and we want to let the community know we exist and we are available to serve. Ideas that would benefit our organization would be sharing upcoming programs, sharing information about our services and linking to our website, if air time to share our founder’s story is an option that would be a plus, and sharing upcoming events we may have lined up over the next year.

The mission of Student U is to empower and equip first-generation college-bound students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city.  In part through Student U’s efforts, the District has now committed to opening six Learning Centers in its own school buildings with the priority to support our most vulnerable students. 

By the end of September, Student U will be opening our own Learning Center to support Black and brown students.  Now, we most need The Hill and Chapelboro.com’s support to assist in fundraising for our annual campaign and recruiting volunteers to make this work possible.

Executive Director Alexandra Zagbayou spoke with Aaron Keck on September 23rd:


TABLE’s mission is to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to preschool, elementary, middle, and high school children living in Orange County, North Carolina.  We envision a community where all children have equitable access to nutritious food and the knowledge to promote optimal health, well-being, and dignity.

We would like to continue to raise awareness for the organization and it’s mission to feed children in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County. With schools closed, we are currently serving 35% more children in the beginning of this school year than in 2019. And, we have increased the amount of food in our weekend bags by 46%. Advertising on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com would give us an opportunity to spread the word about the need in our community and how people can help, whether its financially or by volunteering, and promoting several virtual and contact-free fundraising events for the fall. 

Hear Suzanne Tormollen’s conversation with Ron Stutts on September 9th:

Triangle Bikeworks provides organized cycling opportunities to inspire young people to conquer fear, achieve audacious goals, and discover who they really want to be by addressing opportunity gaps, experiential learning gaps, and gaps in untold history.

Our goal is to expand our reach and seek out new contributors while providing our current donors the opportunities to increase their faith in our Organization and inspire them to continue investing.

TROSA is an award-winning, licensed residential recovery program for men and women with substance use disorder. TROSA program participants receive free housing, meals, clothing, health services (including specialized care such as dental), counseling, life skills and vocational training, education opportunities, transportation, peer support, continuing care for graduates, and more. TROSA is unique in that it is long-term, comprehensive, and cost-free.

One goal will be to let our neighbors know that TROSA is reopened for admissions and is a nationally-recognized and cost-free licensed program for men and women with substance use disorder. Another marketing goal is to draw attention to ways that listeners can help support TROSA.  Simply stated, we are increasing our services while losing vital funding. The opportunity to highlight our largest social enterprise – TROSA Moving – along with other opportunities for charitable support and community engagement would be very much appreciated.

Ron Stutts spoke with Janice Kalin and Joey Kinston on September 23rd:

The mission of The Walking Classroom is to provide educators with tools to inspire students physically, mentally, and academically. 

Right now, our goal is to raise awareness about our program of audio podcasts that kids listen to while they walk. We have a new App that contains 191 standards-aligned podcasts that relate to what teachers are teaching for kids in 3rd through 8th grade. Podcast topics include social studies, history, biographies, language arts, and science. The Walking Classroom is a great resource for parents and teachers during COVID-related learning at home. Kids Walk. Listen. And Learn! 

Volunteers for Youth provides services to Orange County youth to integrate them into the community in ways that help them make responsible choices and recognize that they have a stake in their future.

COVID has left kids and teens more isolated than ever before. We will use the advertising to recruit volunteer mentors to connect with kids virtually through fun and enriching activities. The advertising will also help us promote our annual fundraiser, the Mack Brown Golf Tournament, which we hope to be able to host in the spring.