The Community Empowerment Fund

Founded in 2009, The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a student-run nonprofit cultivating opportunities, assets, and communities that support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty.  To do so, CEF provides support, workforce development, financial education, and matched savings accounts to individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in Durham and Orange Counties.  In 2016, the nonprofit supported 1,033 people, including 185 who participated in the matched savings program, saving nearly $223,000.