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June 05, 2013 Community Celebration

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:58 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 11:13 PM ]

On Sunday, June 05, 2016, during a community celebration at The Roost, CORA presented the PORCH Fearrington community project, neighborhood coordinators, and community participants with a recognition appreciation award for the 50 tons of food donated over the past 4 years. Donna Fehrenbach and her team of CORA and PORCH volunteers organized a fantastic party held outside the courtyard under the trees on a beautiful afternoon. 

To view the appreciation award click on the hotlink at the bottom of this page.

Approximately 80 residents attended the event and enjoyed the nice weather, engaging conversations, pizza, snacks, drinks, and cake. Beth Budd, Executive Director of CORA presented the award on behalf of the CORA Board of Directors to Roz Darling, coordinator of PORCH Fearrington, who accepted it on behalf of the community. The award will be permanently displayed in The Gathering Place.

Christine Cotton, Founder/Director of PORCH, INC. ( also addressed the group, praising their collective accomplishments and dedication to meeting such an impressive portion of the Chatham County residents who need food assistance.


Top Left: CORA Board Members Who Attended: L to R: John Todd, Ryan Cribbins, Alan Lamoreaux, Joyce Johnson, Susan Kelemen, John Kushman, Jim Farrington

Top Right: Left: Roz Darling (Coordinator of PORCH Fearrington) & Right: Christine Cotton, Founder and Director of PORCH, INC. 

Bottom Left:  Some PORCH Fearrington Facts

Bottom Right:   Donna Fehrenbach, CORA volunteer and the organizer of the celebration event.

CORA, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, & Chapel Hill Tire

posted Nov 18, 2015, 7:32 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 7:32 PM ]

Help CORA, the Inter-faith Council for Social Service & Chapel Hill Tire put a holiday meal on the table for a family in need here in the Triangle. 

Take part in the Chapel Hill Tire Food Drive by donating two (or more) cans of food at any Chapel Hill Tire location and receive $10 off your next oil change! 

Every can helps!

Concerts for a Cause Benefits CORA

posted Nov 17, 2015, 7:11 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 7:11 PM ]

December 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm 

in the Auditorium at Galloway Ridge

Tickets will be on sale at Galloway Ridge Reception Area 12pm – 2-pm on November 17  - TODAY, and TOMORROW (Wednesday, Nov 18) at the Duke Center for Living at Galloway from 9a – 11a.

(also available at

Buffet Dinner

Chicken, Salmon, Seasonal Vegetable, Dessert Bar, Cash Beer & Wine Bar

+ Fair Game Beverage Company will be sampling its “oh-so-delicious” Apple Brandy

& Party Favors from Cackalacky

Raffle (tickets $5 each or 5 for $20)

Mark Hewitt Pottery, Food Fairy Gift Certificate, Cheerwine Cooler, and more!

Big Fat Gap Bluegrass Concert!

Advance Tickets Now On Sale at

Your ticket purchase will help CORA distribute enough food for 420,000 meals this year.

$50 single (+ suggested donation 5 food cans)
$85 couple (+ suggested donation 10 cans)


(Admission by Advance Tickets Only through November 25)

Concerts for a Cause are produced by Lupine Productions

Pittsboro FORD Donates Use of a Truck

posted May 14, 2014, 4:32 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated May 14, 2014, 4:32 PM ]

Kim Nelson
, Customer Relations Manager for PITTSBORO FORD, 1245 Thompson Street in Pittsboro has arranged for PORCH Fearrington to have the free use of a pick-up truck for our monthly village food collection and delivery to the CORA Food Pantry.

We deeply value the generosity of PITTSBORO FORD and their steadfast commitment to CORA's work in meeting the food needs of so many in Chatham County.

Such community partnerships are a crucial part of the shared community core values that make this area such a great place to live.  Thank you Pittsboro FORD! 

Recent PORCH Conference in Chapel Hill

posted Apr 28, 2014, 4:13 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 4:14 PM ]

Last week (April 22,2014), Peggy Bard, Ruth Whitsel, and I went to the PORCH conference in Chapel Hill.  We enjoyed the hospitality of the PORCH founders, Christine, Debbie, and Susan, and had the opportunity to meet the PORCH coordinators from Durham and Hillsborough.  Each PORCH operates a little differently, but I think ours may be the most productive single community involved in this project.  I am always happy to be reminded that we live in a great community. By the way, the concept is spreading--the newest PORCH is in Richmond, VA.

The next collection will be on Monday, May 19 (a week earlier than usual).  Thanks, everyone, for all your terrific work,

Roz Darling

Collection Mile Markers

posted Apr 28, 2014, 4:08 PM by Jon Darling   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 4:15 PM ]

The March 2014 collection of 2,275 pounds took the total collected since May 2011 to over 50,000 pounds (25 tons)
Photo shows a portion of the off-loaded November delivery temporarily stacked in CORA's receiving area. Our donation continues a bit to the right, out of view in this photo.

FEARRINGTON PORCH donations are continuing to be matched at $0.30 per pound as part of the Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center matching pledge for 2014. Their cash match for March 2014 was $682.50

Our November 2013 collection is our largest yet--2,481 pounds!  The April 2014 collection of 2,449 pounds is the second largest monthly collection. The January 2014 collection is the third largest to date.

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