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●  Durham County Board of Elections to Conduct Educational Seminars on Voter Identification Requirement - Educational Seminars about voter photo identification requirements will be held between May and August.

All seminars are free, and the community is invited to attend the following dates:
     ●  North Regional Library - May 30th (6 - 8 p.m.)
     ●  South Regional Library - June 20th (6 - 8 p.m.)
     ●  East Regional Library - July 18th (6 - 8 p.m.)
     ●  Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - August 22nd (6 - 8 p.m.)

The following seminars will be presented in Spanish:
     ●  Durham County Health and Human Services Building - July 23rd (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
     ●  Durham County Health and Human Services Building - July 23rd (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

For additional questions, please contact the Durham County Board of Elections by phone at 919-560-0070 or by email

●  Let Your Voice Be Heard - The draft fiscal year 2020 Durham and Orange Work Plans are now available for comment through May 20, 2019. This process budgets funding for next fiscal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) in accordance with the multi-year County Transit Plans.

Comments can be submitted by doing the following:
Mail: City of Durham Department of Transportation
         Attn: Aaron Cain, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
     ●  Via a Community Group: Community organization can also submit comments in the form of a letter on behalf of their organization.

●  Foster Care Fair: A Spotlight on Participating Organizations - May is National Foster Care Month and Fostering Families, the Triangle’s Partnership for Foster & Adoptive Families is celebrating at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. located at 219 Hood Street on Sunday, May 19th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Come to learn more about volunteer opportunities, foster parenting and meet the people in your community who are working to support the Triangle’s foster youth! 

●  Durham County Convenience Sites Accepting Fluorescent Bulbs and Mercury Containing Thermostats - All four County Convenience Sites are now accepting fluorescent bulbs, mercury containing thermostats and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) for proper disposal. Tubes must be four feet or less and you must give them directly to a staff member for disposal. For more questions please call 919-560-0433 or email

●  Property Tax Relief Programs Information Session - Come learn about Homestead Property Tax Exemption for seniors and disabled residents along with other property tax relief program offered to North Carolina on May 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life Theater.

This event is free and open to the public. 

●  2019 Aging Well in Durham: Free Community Event and Resource Fair - Come join us and find new ways to CONNECT, CREATE and CONTRIBUTE to an Age Friendly Durham and, also learn about volunteer opportunities on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building.

Registration is limited and required as a light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided at no cost. For more information or to register, please call 919-560-7393, email or register online by clicking here.

●  Your Input is Needed - As the County prepares the FY19-20 budget, public comment is a vital component. Please let the Board of County Commissioners know the priorities you support by visiting the online Budget Comment Portal at

●  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 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 Loan applications can also be downloaded at 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.

●  2019-2020 Durham Pre-Kindergarten Programs Now Enrolling - Your 4-year old child may be eligible to attend Durham County’s NCPre-K Program, Durham PreK and/or Durham Public Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten! For more information or to apply please visit or

●  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 s/boards-and-commissions. If you need additional information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025 or send an email to:   

● We invite you to tune in to Cable TV Channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or visit our web page by clicking here for more information.

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