Communities in Partnership

I am excited to announce 100% of the money raised through the “Tri for 10K” fundraiser will go towards the East Durham-based organization Communities in Partnership. Click here to donate. Donations will be accepted until August 30.

In 2014, I spent 16 months working with a grassroots community health and development organization in India. Through this experience, I learned the power of local people coming together to empower their neighbors through education to promote resident-led action. Communities in Partnership (CIP) is rooted in this model and since 2011 has given a voice to local residents. By empowering their East Durham neighbors, CIP has been building trust and relationships amongst residents, developing local leaders, and changing the narrative about the East Durham community.

Mission: Our mission is to organize and develop long-term residents, especially those residents of color and low wealth, to work towards racial, social, and economic liberation.

Vision: Communities in Partnership envisions East Durham and the surrounding area as a vibrant place where all residents have an exceptional quality of life with the economic and political power to impact decision making that affects their community.

Currently, CIP has prioritized several programs within the community. More information on all these programs can be found on their website.

  • Food Co-Op: Since COVID hit Durham, 500-600 Durham families are receiving fresh produce from primarily black/brown farmers 2x/month. This is a 200% increase in families served from pre-COVID.
  • Culinary Femme Collective: This collective provides resources and guidance for black and brown food-based entrepreneurs to develop improved business strategy and ensure long-term sustainability. This initiative falls under their goal to connect residents with economic opportunities.
  • Thriving Community Fund: This Fund is helping local black/brown owned businesses bridge the gap and scale up during COVID. This is a grant-based program where business owners apply and are awarded funds.
  • Access to affordable housing: In partnership with Self Help, CIP owns six units of multi-family house to promote affordable housing and reduce resident displacement due to gentrification.

To learn more about CIP, visit

I have immense gratitude for everyone who has supported me on this journey and thank you in advance for your donation.

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