February 2015

Did You Know?
According to the NC State Center for Health Statistics, the marriage rate in North Carolina is 6.8% and the divorce rate is 3.8%. Though it is slightly higher than the national rate, North Carolina's divorce rate has fallen over the last two decades. Compass Center offers a number of legal services, including family law workshops.

Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands 
Annual Art Exhibition and Sale - March 6, 2015

Food, Music and Fun! You're invited. Join Compass Center for the 31st annual Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands Art Exhibition and Sale on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Top of the Hill's Great Room! Again this year, we will feature anonymous mini-masterpieces, pottery and jewelry from more than 60 North Carolina women artists.

Featured artists in this year's live auction include Kristen Dill, Frank Penta, Carol Retsch-Bogart and Barbara Tyroler. New this year, we'll also have a silent auction with works by Jane Filer and Ruth Winchester Ware. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Fifi Hi-Fi and the Ken Broun Jazz Group.

Want the first chance to purchase art? Become a Golden Circle Sponsor for $250, and you and a friend can join the party an hour earlier!

Can't make the event? Purchase raffle tickets and you'll be entered to win a $300 Southwest Airlines Gift Card, GoPro Camera and one-night stay at The Carolina Inn. You do not need to be present to win.

We're expecting a sell-out, so don't hesitate to get your tickets now! For tickets and information, click here. Questions? Call our office at 919-968-4610.

VITA Has Kicked Off!
Tax season is here! Compass Center is once again offering FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteer preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. Appointments will be offered each Monday, February 2 - April 13 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. (Please note this change!) To schedule an appointment and for information on eligibility, click here or you can call us at 919-968-4610.
Welcome Mary Parry!
Mary Parry has joined staff as our new Development Director! Working as an advocate for women and families in North Carolina since 2004, she served for several years as a Women's Center board member and Art Show event chair before the agency merger. Through her decade of involvement with Triangle-area schools and nonprofit organizations, Mary brings a broad range of fundraising and communication skills to the Center. Most recently, she served as the director of advocacy for a statewide organization focused on providing information about women's issues in North Carolina. Welcome Mary!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Compass Center is accepting applications for the following volunteer positions! Click here to complete an application.
  • Domestic Violence Hotline Advocates
  • Spanish-speaking Interpreters/Translators 
  • First Response Volunteers (FRVs)
  • Start Strong Facilitators
  • Spanish-speaking Court Advocates
For a detailed description of these positions, click here.

We have an urgent need for Spanish-speaking Court Advocates. On Thursdays, Volunteer Court Advocates provide advocacy and emotional support to victims of domestic violence attending civil and/or criminal domestic violence court. Volunteer Court Advocates must complete our 42-hour domestic violence advocacy training with additional training hours within the courtroom setting.

For more information, please contact Linda Chamiec-Case, Director of Education Programs at resources@compassctr.org or Susan Friedman, Director of Domestic Violence Crisis Services at dvvolunteers@compassctr.org.
Current Need!

We are currently seeking USB drives for career clients.

Compass Center offers
one-on-one career advising to individuals. Services range from assistance with resume and cover letter writing to long-term career planning.

Please mail USB drives to PO Box 1057, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or donate $10 today.
(Please write "USB Drives" in the "In Honor Of" line.)
Family Law Workshops
Join Compass Center for our series of monthly legal education workshops.
Topics will include but are not limited to: separation, divorce, spousal support, property distribution, child support and child custody, and domestic violence and the law. All workshops are held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with registration sign-in at 5:45 p.m. Workshops will be presented by licensed attorneys, John Miskey and Sarah Carr D'Amato.

Next Workshop:
Thursday, February 19th

In addition to our legal workshops, Compass Center offers Legal Information Services and Community Legal Project.

Contact Us
For help with domestic violence issues, please call our 24-hour crisis hotline: 919.929.7122

For career, legal and financial programs: 919.968.4610