2019 'Game Changer' Award Winners
Durham Collaborative to End Family Homelessness (A Collaboration of four independent agencies: Families Moving Forward, Urban Ministries of Durham, Housing for New Hope, and Durham's Partnership for Children.)
The Durham Collaborative to End Family Homelessness helps homeless and unstably housed families: secure and maintain housing; improve overall self-sufficiency in order to promote family stability and break the cycle of poverty; address the trauma homeless children and adults experience; and enhance school readiness for young children.
Michael's Angels Girls Club, Inc.
Michael's Angels Girls Club mission is CIA. Converting Idleness to Action by creating a safe place for the young ladies to be individuals focused on becoming a collective of servant leaders. The girls are engaged in various community service activities, county commissioner meetings, 4H learning, journalism/digital media, cooking, gardening and physical activities. The organization is open to accommodate a many girls as their 7:1 member advisor ratio will allow.
Emily Krzyzewski Center
The Emily K Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a college access hub in Durham, North Carolina, propelling academically focused, low-income K-12 students and graduates towards success in college through it's K to College Programs while also offering college information and advising support to any local high school student through the Game Plan: College Program. Through broader facility partnerships, thousands of additional students and community members use the Center as a place to convene, learn, and grow. Founded by Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski and named in honor of his mother Emily, their mission is to inspire students to dream big, act with character and purpose, and reach their potential as leaders in the community.
Raleigh Area Land Trust
The Raleigh Area Land Trust serves low to moderate income adults and families living in Raleigh and Wake County, and more specifically, areas affected most by displacement such as southeast Raleigh. Using the Community Land Trust model of permanent affordability, Raleigh Area Land Trust expands homeownership opportunities for families, with low to moderate incomes, so that they can live or remain in the community of their choice. RALT seeks to serve as a leading strategic partner to improve housing affordability across Raleigh and Wake County, with a focus on areas affected most by displacement.
2019 'Education' Award Winners
Communities In Schools of Wake County
At the beginning of each school year, parents register their students to participate in CIS Wake's after-school programs. After-School programs are offered Mondays through Thursdays, generally from 3p-6p. The majority of students live in the communities and self-select to register in response to community outreach by CIS Wake Staff or word of mouth by community residents. Students have access to healthy snacks, computer labs, much-needed school supplies, community volunteers and part-time educators. Each learning center hosts various community partners, including Read and Feed, Meredith Kitchens, and Wake County 4-H, that provide enrichment activities for the students.
The Forge Initiative, Inc.
The Forge Initiative is an Open Innovation Tech Space. Their mission is to engage families and individuals of all ages to explore, learn and lead in science, technology, engineering, art and math. They form a community to bring together innovation, leading edge technology and traditional skill where the next generation of leadership emerges. Volunteers take the programs and technology into the Community through government, library, museum and corporate events like Kids Code at Marbles and invite guests to tour during a weekly Open Forge on Saturday Afternoons.
2019 'Financial Well Being' Award Winners
Habitat for Humanity of Durham
Durham Habitat believes that all of our neighbors should have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Founded in 1985, Habitat has built, sold, and financed more than 400 homes in partnership with low-income Durham Neighbors, providing stability and brighter futures for more than 1000 Durham youth. Durham Habitat has repaired more than 400 Homes so that Durham Homeowners, many elderly, can age in place with dignity. Durham Habitat currently builds, sells, and finances 20+ homes a year, and repair 80+ (Non-Habitat) homes a year for owner-occupied, low-income neighbors.
Dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County, InterAct saves lives, rebuilds lives, and secures safer futures for victims, survivors, and their families. As Wake County's ONLY provider of comprehensive services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, they make a life or death difference 24/7. InterAct's mission is to promote violence-free relationships and communities through crisis and support services, collaboration, public information, education, and advocacy, which they've been doing since 1978.