The NC Huddle – October 2023

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
So far, in 2023, you've collected $201,791 worth of non-perishable food. Wow! Thank you for your extraordinary efforts! We are so proud to have 120 active neighborhoods and 141 active NCs. 

The following NCs have come on board in recent months: Michelle Hetherington in Winmore and Jaya Nair in Providence Glen. We are so glad to have them as part of our fantastic team of neighborhood ambassadors!

In recent weeks, we introduced a 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, Nov. 12 (3-7 p.m.) and Monday, Nov. 13 (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 Nov. 6 and 10.
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.

Silver Creek Neighborhood Coordinators Poonam Pande and Karen Thorton collected a record amount of donations; Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocates – led by Terrence Foushee – helped us by double bagging; and the Chapel Hill High football team volunteered in August, doing a lot of heavy lifting in extreme heat.

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