The NC Huddle – January 2024

Welcome to PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro's quarterly message that we send to all Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs), hoping that it will provide support and inspiration for the incredible work that you do.

You can read past editions here
In 2023, you collected $210,000 worth of non-perishable food. Wow! Thank you for your extraordinary efforts! We are so proud to have 122 active neighborhoods and 137 active NCs. 

The following NCs have come on board in recent months: Beth Duncan and Liz Schaller, Kent Woodlands and Cobble Ridge; Meg Flournoy, Sunset Creek; Anna Grabowski, Lake Forest; Alice Jacoby, Dogwood Acres; Krista Kern, Pine Knob/Arlington Street; Marianne Rohde, Zapada Lane/Founders Ridge; Donna Russo, Chapel Watch Village Townhouses. We are so glad to have them as part of our fantastic team of neighborhood ambassadors!

A reminder about our Neighborhood Coordinator Starter Kit, which is loaded with resources, whether you are new to this work or quite seasoned! It includes:

  • email templates to send to your neighbors as a way of introducing yourself and sharing PORCH’s mission
  • a list of tips from other Neighborhood Coordinators
  • printed materials such as door hangers, postcards, and thank you notes
  • and much more!

Pick up your packet when you come to Extraordinary Ventures.
Keep in mind that you can drop off food donations on Sundays from 3 to 7 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures. In fact, getting donations on Sunday really helps us get the non-perishables sorted early so we can plan for how much food we can pack in our Food For Families bags. Sunday won’t work? No problem! Drop off from 8 to 10 a.m. on Mondays. A reminder that the next drop-off dates are Sunday, Feb. 11 (3-7 p.m.) and Monday, Feb. 12 (8-10 a.m.). We will send an email reminding you of these dates (and linking to our monthly message so that you can forward that to your contacts) on Feb. 5 and 9.

In addition to collecting our much-needed food donations next month, we are asking you to also collect gently-used children's books for the Public School Foundation's "Books over Break," a summer literacy program whose goal is to prevent “summer set-back.” PSF will distribute these books to families who may be unable to provide them for their students. Please bring these gently-used books to Extraordinary Ventures when you deliver the food you've collected. 

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one consultation with our team to discuss ways you can enhance your neighborhood’s PORCH activities, please email us at We’d be happy to brainstorm with you! Thank you for all you do for PORCH! 


The PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro Team
Volunteer Highlights

We always have excellent help at our food sorts and beyond.

This pair of siblings earned money and used it to shop for food for our families in need; Ken delivered two carts of food donations from The Cedars; and the Steins delivered food from a Carol Woods food drive!

We are so grateful to have such amazing and dedicated volunteers!
PO Box 16363
Chapel Hill, NC 27516