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Raleigh police chief appoints first LGBTQ+ liaison to improve community relations

“Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson appointed the city's first LGBTQ+ liaison to help improve community relations between the two groups. Michael Ballen said the new position is an addition to his job as community policing coordinator. "I’ll be the one to bridge that gap and help put us back in the best light when it comes to our historic past with the LGBT community and the police department," he said.” - WRAL

Women’s History Month: The fight to close the gender pay gap

“The date officially was recognized in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) to raise public awareness about the gender pay gap. According to Payscale, the uncontrolled wage gap, which measures the median salary for all men and women, found women earn $.82 for every dollar a man makes. Meanwhile, the controlled pay gap, which measures median salary for men and women with similar jobs and qualifications, found women earn $.98 for every $1 earned by men. That gap is believed to be even wider for minority women, which is why there’s a Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Equal Pay Day. In North Carolina, there’s an average wage gap of $8,247, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s comparing the top three largest occupations for men and women in the state.” - Spectrum Local News

‘A fight in our mind’: Veterans march in Raleigh for suicide awareness

“About a dozen veterans gathered outside the North Carolina State Capitol on Monday, marching through downtown Raleigh to bring attention to veteran suicides. The march came as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the problem across the U.S. “Everybody knows a veteran,” said John Ring, 43, who founded Walk For Vets in 2019. “You’ve got a friend, you’ve got a coworker, you’ve got somebody in your family — somebody who has served our country. They might be dealing with silent wounds that they got from combat or just from serving in general.” - News Observer

‘It’s not about just Ukraine anymore’: Community comes together for Raleigh supply drive

“Sunday, Thomasian was one of dozens of people volunteering with the Ukrainians in the Carolinas community group, collecting and sorting donations brought to the North Raleigh Church of Christ and preparing them for shipment to Ukraine. The list of items the group was gathering stood as a stark reminder of the reality in the increasingly war-torn country. There were medical supplies like tourniquets, quick-clotting gauze and anti-burn bandages. There were supplies for the newly enlisted who find themselves defending the country, items like black beanies, thermal wear and night vision goggles. And there were baby diapers, wipes and formula.” - News Observer

Local Organizations

The City of Oaks Foundation

They believe that lives are made richer by nature and work to keep nature nearby for all to enjoy. As a home-town land conservancy, they work to preserve Raleigh's hidden natural treasures by acquiring land for parks, green ways, and nature preserves. They also work to connect children with nature by offering need-based financial assistance to families who can’t afford to enroll their kids in Raleigh’s outdoor summer camps and nature programs.


The Encouraging Place

Their mission is to create an environment of support and encouragement in an effort to dismantle racism and transform our city into a community that is inclusive of all people, regardless of race, gender, and socioeconomic status.



BLOOMHERE is a nonprofit organization which provides women survivors of abuse, addiction, prostitution and trafficking a safe place to live and the space and resources to heal. They support the wellbeing of women so they may nurture their own resilience, as they provide opportunities for them to grow into a life of economic independence through our justice enterprise.


Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.



Makes Personalized Items for Special Needs Kids. The endless search for unaffordable equipment that doesn’t fit a child’s needs is over.

Foundation for Health, Leadership, and Innovation

Launched in 1982 under the direction of rural health champion Dr. Jim Bernstein, the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation is a nonprofit organization that develops and supports innovative, community-driven partnerships that build a healthier North Carolina through collaboration and respect.



Casa's mission is to provide access to stable, affordable housing for people who are homeless or at risk by developing and managing rental communities.


The Women's Center

The Women's Center is dedicated to serving and assisting marginalized, at-risk and homeless women seeking to break the cycle of trauma, abuse, violence, and homelessness. Through its comprehensive clinical and holistic services, women experience transformation that lends to behavioral and physical healthcare wellness, safe and permanent housing, and dignity. WC provides a safe, low barrier, client-centered and trauma-informed environment for at-risk and unsheltered women, where they can begin the stabilization and healing process.


The Junior League of Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


NC Sustainable Energy Association

NC Sustainable Energy Association is a leading organization of individuals, businesses, government, and nonprofits interested in North Carolina's sustainable energy future. Our mission is to drive policy and market development to create clean energy jobs, economic opportunities, and affordable energy that benefits all of North Carolina.

Recent Events


The Cary Theater showcases this groundbreaking documentary on Jeffery
Robinson’s discussion on the US’ history of anti-Black racism.

Monthly meeting discussing implementation of collaborative initiatives to prevent and end homelessness in Durham.


Upcoming Events

Through video, photography, sculpture, and mixed media works, 14 contemporary artists explore humanity’s relationship to the environment; focusing on current concerns and offering new perspectives.

The second largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the Southeast, held at downtown Durham.

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