With #GivingTuesday just around the corner, we thought we’d round up the local Chapel Hill and Carrboro non-profits that we recommend donating to this year.

This post details how you can:
Help water bill assistance
Help housing partners
Support abortion care
Provide healthy food
Support a youth tap ensemble

Help our community’s water bill assistance program

OWASA’s Care to Share Program (donate through IFC)

Your gift to Care to Share, our community’s water bill assistance program, helps to make sure that no one in our community will have to go without water – or scrimp on medications or food to pay their water bill. (TBBer Melody Kramer serves on the OWASA board.)

Provide permanently affordable housing opportunities in Carrboro and Chapel Hill

CASA (donate)

CASA provides access to stable, affordable housing for people who are homeless or at risk by developing and managing rental communities.

Community Empowerment Fund (donate)

The Community Empowerment Fund is working to end the racial wealth gap by supporting over 3,000 Members, annually, in reaching their employment, housing, and finance goals. Their approach combines person-centered support with advocacy and financial services that pursue equity. CEF’s work is grounded in recognition of the detrimental impacts of systemic racism on Black and Brown members of our communities and they value the leadership of people with lived experiences with homelessness and poverty.

Community Home Trust (donate)

CHT is a non-profit organization in Chapel Hill that provides permanently affordable housing to individuals making less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). CHT currently owns 320 homes across Chapel Hill, and 50% of homeowners work in the public sector in Chapel Hill. (Some of our favorite teachers live in CHT houses.)

DHIC (donate)

DHIC provides homebuyer support and develops rental communities for families and individuals with limited incomes. We understand that a home is a catalyst for opportunity, independence, and resilience.

EmPOWERment, Inc. (donate)

EMPOWERment. Inc. manages 58 affordable rental properties and 6 privately-owned homes in Orange County. All tenants earn 30-60% of the Area Median Income and EMPOWERment provides housing counseling, financial literacy training, and utility fund assistance as needed. EmPOWERment also owns and operates the Midway Business Center, Orange County’s first small business incubator. The Midway Business Center develops small businesses by providing them a professional space, resources, and networking opportunities for their businesses.

Habitat for Humanity (donate)

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Inter-Faith Council for Social Service  (donate

A community that meets everyone’s basic needs, including dignified and affordable housing, an abundance of healthy food, and meaningful social connection.

Marian Cheek Jackson Center (donate)

The Jackson Center is a hub of creative action dedicated to preserving the future of historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC.  Located in the heart of the Northside community, Center staff work in collaboration with Northside neighbors and friends to respect and to serve histories that, even as they are told, make new history out of Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, civil rights struggle, and desegregation. Today Northside, Pine Knolls and Tin Top are among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region.

The Promise of Home Program assists our elderly neighbors in Northside & Pine Knolls stay safe and rooted in our communities by providing quality home rehabilitation by local contractors and committed community organizations. We partner with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Self-Help, and a host of community volunteers to ensure homes of great pride are able to stay safe, affordable, accessible, and beautiful.

Hope NC (donate)

HOPE’s objective is to address the critical need for housing options for people with disabilities by creating safe, affordable, inclusive communities where people of all abilities and ages experience a sense of belonging.

Hope Renovations (donate)

Hope Renovation empowers women to pursue living-wage jobs in the construction trades via our hands-on training program, while our construction program provides repairs and renovations that enable older adults to stay in their homes as they age.

Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (donate)

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (OCPEH) is a coalition of service providers, local governments, and community members who work together to coordinate funding and bring best practices to the work of ending homelessness in Orange County.

Partnerships in Aging: (donate)

The Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In collaboration with community organizations and institutions, we nurture dialogue about the personal and societal meaning of having a long life and advance civic engagement as a way to bring about a new kind of aging. PiAP provides expertise and resources to UNC faculty, students, and community partners seeking to reframe the aging experience, together.

Pee Wee Homes (donate)

We are a group of community members who have come together to be a part of answering this glaring call for deeply affordable housing in our community. Homes that individuals with fixed income like Pee Wee can afford; homes that allow elderly homeless individuals to age in place; homes that a single person earning minimum wage can afford; and, importantly, homes that support independence within the context of community.


Support abortion care for all those who seek it in our state

Carolina Abortion Fund (donate)

Donations help keep CAF’s helpline open as a resource for people who need help paying for their abortion care.

Pro Choice North Carolina (donate)

Pro Choice North Carolina serves on the front lines fighting for reproductive freedom for all North Carolinians. (And TBBer Geoff Green serves on their board!)


Provide healthy food to people in Carrboro and Chapel Hill

PORCH (donate)

PORCH is a small, grassroots hunger relief organization that makes a big impact! Every month, our Neighborhood Coordinators collect food and cash donations, and then our volunteers sort fresh and non-perishable food before distributing it to local families, pantries, and schools.

TABLE (donate)

TABLE delivers healthy food and nutrition education to children in Orange County, North Carolina. They envision a community where all children have equitable access to nutritious food and knowledge in order to experience optimal health, well-being, and dignity.


Support the youth and arts in our area

North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) donate

Over the last 40 years, the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) has opened doors for young dancers, preserving tradition, contextualizing history, conserving choreography, and maintaining the integrity of percussive dance forms, like rhythm tap.

NCYTE 40/40 is an effort to raise at least $40,000 over the next year – our 40th Anniversary. But we can’t accomplish any of this without YOU. Please help us reach our goal by donating today and sharing this campaign with your friends and family. We are grateful for your support!

In the last municipal election cycle, we helped increase turnout by over 20 percent. We're all volunteers who care deeply about Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and we're working to make Chapel Hill and Carrboro more vibrant, accessible, fun, and sustainable.  Please consider a small donation to help us keep our digital lights on, host events, and hire students to do data deep-dives.