About Us

Mission Statement

The Community Empowerment Fund cultivates opportunities, assets, and communities that
support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty.

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a student-run non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Founded in 2009, CEF provides savings opportunities, small loans, workforce development, and relational support to unemployed and underemployed individuals in Orange and Durham Counties.

CEF Strives To:

  • Empower individuals through access to capital and financial resources
  • Create new opportunities for individuals to lift themselves out of poverty
  • Connect members to supportive services
  • Foster a healthy and inclusive community
  • Strengthen our community’s local economy
  • Invest in people and their potential

CEF is a volunteer-based organization, composed primarily of undergraduate and graduate university students as well as members of the community. A little bit of CEF lingo…

CEF Mem-ber [n.]

  1. Someone receiving Two-On-One support from CEF Advocates
  2. A person who is attending or has graduated from a CEF class
  3. An individual dedicated to success

CEF Ad-vo-cate [n.]

  1. CEF volunteers that support CEF Members in whatever they are fighting for, whether it is housing, employment, education, a healthy lifestyle, overall financial stability, a successful business, and much more

Report on our Pilot Launch:

CEF launched in the summer of 2009 with two pilot groups of borrowers and funding from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research, Carolina Center for Public Service, and APPLES.  The results of this pilot have been published and are available for public review here: CEF Pilot Report, June 2010.

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