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● Durham One Fund Supporting Displaced McDougald Terrace Residents - The Durham One Fund is now accepting donations to support the McDougald Terrance residents impacted by the high carbon monoxide levels and mold conditions reported last week. For those interested in donating, please visit:
● Durham City-County Martin Luther King Jr. Employee Observance Program - Join the City and County Staff on January 15, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. as they celebrate the 15th jointly hosted Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The program will be held at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 N. Main Street. Made in Durham Executive Director Casey Steinbacher is the keynote speaker and this event is FREE and open to the public.
● City of Durham’s E-Waste and Textile Recycling, Paper Shredding Event - The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is hosting a FREE event to collect old electronics, papers for shredding, live Christmas trees, old clothes and textiles on Saturday, January 18th from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on the Home Side Parking Lot. For additional details about items eligible for this event, please visit www.durhamnc.gov/calendar
● Art of Mental Health at the Rubenstein Art Center - Discover Durham invites you to the community exhibit of artwork by local artist showcasing mental health and wellness. The exhibit which ends January 24, 2020 is open to the public Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.
● Important Voting Information for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election is as follows:
- Absentee-by-mail Voting begins on January 13th
- Voter registration deadline for the March 3rd primary election is February 7th
- Early voting for the upcoming Primary Election will begin on Thursday, February 13th and ends on Saturday, February 29th For full details on early voting and other important information, please visit www.dcovotes.com
● SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in North Carolina Affected by Gas Leak Explosion - Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to North Carolina small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the gas leak explosion on April 10, 2019.
Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on theses loan are 4% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is Jan. 30, 2020.
● Get Involved, it’s your County! Durham County Government has approximately 43 active advisory boards referred to as Boards and Commissions. Citizens of Durham County may volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. Interested citizens should fill out an application and send it to the Clerk to the Board’s Office. A description of the boards as well as a list of vacancies can be found on the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/boards-and-commissions
● Alert Durham - Sign Up Today - Durham County wants to keep its citizens informed and safe in the case of an emergency. Sign up for Alert Durham to receive notifications about severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. To sign up for Alert Durham, visit AlertDurham.com.