The mission of Circles Chatham is to equip people who are struggling financially with access to the opportunities, education, and relationships they need to become self-sustaining.
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Learn how you can help people in Chatham County move themselves from poverty to self-sufficiency by volunteering your time or through your financial support.
Circles Chatham began in 2011 as a grassroots effort to help break the cycle of poverty in Chatham County and to help financially vulnerable people build better lives for themselves and their families.
Volunteers with a variety of talents and interests joined Circles Chatham in 2012.
This expanding group helped to develop the budget and business plan; produce workshops and simulations to raise awareness about poverty in Chatham County; enlist volunteers; develop partnerships with local agencies, non-profits, and faith communities; and develop programming specific to the challenges of Chatham County. They also developed enrichment programming to help the children of Circles Chatham participants tap their creativity, develop self-confidence, and build positive relationships.
Circles Chatham moved from organization to implementation in January 2013, when it began its first class in downtown Pittsboro. Circles Chatham currently is conducting two classes a year in Pittsboro, and plans to add up to a dozen families annually.
To better meet the needs of people in Chatham County, in 2015 Circles Chatham joined with NETworX-USA. We offer a Leadership Development Class where participants learn how to take control of their circumstances.
To serve the needs of individuals and families across the county more effectively, Circles Chatham is working with volunteers in Siler City on plans to open a West Campus in the 2016-2017 time frame. We welcome additional help to realize this vision.
Circles Chatham also presents a Poverty Awareness Day two or three times a year to raise community understanding of poverty in Chatham County and of the challenges faced by people who are struggling to make ends meet. These events include a Perspectives on Poverty workshop and a poverty simulation in which participants assume the roles of people in crisis as they try to acquire food, shelter, and other basic necessities.
Circles Chatham is community-based, driven by volunteers from the educational, workplace, financial, non-profit, social service, and faith communities. We meet in space made available at no cost by local churches, with meals at Circles Chatham meetings donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community.
Circles Chatham is funded solely through tax-deductible donations and grants.
Help make a difference in Chatham County. Become part of Circles Chatham as a volunteer or donor.
Some faces of Circles Chatham