21st Annual RSVVP Day - Dine out to support IFC

"RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (The Vs are Roman numeral 5s, so V+V=10). Participating restaurants will contribute 10% of their total proceeds on that day to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.

In 2008, 105 Orange County restaurants participated, raising $21,034.72 to help IFC Food Programs. During the past 20 years, Orange County restaurants have contributed $329,448, and over half a million dollars have been raised Triangle-wide.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants: http://ifcweb.org/rsvvp2009.html


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:00am

Call it what It is: Free Land

On the surface, it is perfectly reasonable to agree with the IFC’s decision to take the University up on its offer to lease the land at a rate of $1 per year. However, there continue to be many unanswered questions that when addressed will shed an entirely different light onto the issue. I’ve listed some, but not all of those questions below.

1. Why is UNC being so generous?
2. What is UNC getting out of this extremely philanthropic act?
3. What are the criteria Chris Moran states the IFC used to select this area?
4. What criteria were used to select the previous sites that were ultimately rejected and where is the evidence the criteria were used before the previous sites were rejected?
5. What is to happen to the men who are turned away from using one of the planned 20 emergency beds?

Helping Homeless Men

I watched Monday night's public hearing on the IFC's proposed new shelter on Homestead Road with dismay. Every time the IFC identifies an affordable parcel of land appropriate for a new Homestart shelter, the neighbors object. Although the Town Council does a good job of responding to the concerns of neighborhoods, this time we have a pickle. The shelter has to move. It cannot stay downtown and achieve the type of service the town and the IFC want to provide to our homeless male population. To help promote a more positive dialogue, I'd like to propose that we stop talking about "the shelter" and begin discussing the various services currently offered by the IFC and the new proposed services.

The current shelter offers three primary services: overnight beds, job and life counseling, and meals. Those who wish to spend the night at the shelter must be clean and sober, and they have to be inside by 8:00 pm and gone by early morning. Counseling is obviously used by those who desire the service. Meals are available to men, women, and children, whether they stay in the shelter or not. Many of those who use the meal service are the underemployed. 

23rd Annual CROP Walk

From IFC:


Date:  Sunday, March 22
Registration: 1:30 PM at Carrboro Town Commons
Step off starting time: 2:30 PM

Please consider joining with others in the community for a four- or two-mile walk through Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  Funds raised will help to end hunger in our community as well as throughout the world through the Inter-Faith Council and Church World Service.  Invite your friends, co-workers, or neighbors to walk with you or sponsor you.  Especially during these rough economic times, your support is urgently needed!

1) Shorter route option--to allow for more individuals and families to participate
2) Lighter "Environmental Footprint"--T-Shirts are all organic and we are encouraging folks to bring their own water bottle if you have one to reduce waste at water stations
3) CROP Walk Benefit Concert--two great performances at The Station at Southern Rail (by Weaver St. Market)
                                                       March 15, 7 PM (see attached flyer)

T-Shirts are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the Walk.

A CROP Walk Benefit Concert is the Sunday before the Walk-- see attached flyer!

Please contact Shannon Gigliotti for more information or to purchase a T-Shirt in advance.


Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 9:30am


Carrboro Town Commons

New Year's Eve Benefit for IFC

Via e-mail:

An Evening of Jazz to Benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
New Year's Eve 2008
United Church of Chapel Hill
 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

United Church of Chapel Hill will host an evening of jazz beginning at 7 pm on New Year's Eve as a benefit concert for the Inter-Faith Council.  The Bradshaw Quartet will play and Christen Campbell will sing. A free-will offering will be taken.  Last year's concert raised more than $3,000 for the Inter-Faith Council and great fun was had by all.  It is early on New Year's Eve so people can start the evening at a benefit concert which concludes before 9 pm.

The Bradshaw Quartet began in 2003 as the rhythm section for the United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.  Charles Bradshaw (Keyboards), Matthew Busch (tenor and soprano saxophone), Brad Kintner (upright and fretless bass), and Odessa Shaw (drums) each bring more than 20 years of musical experience and training from a broad range of musical styles. The Quartet brings this diverse knowledge, from swing dance to R+B top 40, from classical to punk to gospel, to form a jazz ensemble capable of  looking beyond the standards for inspiration. The quartet will be showcasing selected jazz standards, new interpretations of R+B and pop classics, and original compositions.

Christen Campbell comes to North Carolina by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  Before her career as wife and mother, Christen traveled the world as a jazz singer.  She has performed in dozens of major cities including New York, Rome, Athens, Tokyo and Cairo. Christen has performed with musical legends like Dave McKenna, The San Francisco Swing Experience and Marcus Miller.  Clive Davis of the New York Daily Post said: "She is a jazz singer with a sense of humor and a good sense of the stage…an unbeatable combination."

From its beginning of seven women from area congregations responding to need in our community, the Inter-Faith Council has been responding to human needs for forty-five years.  The number of households served by the Food Pantry continues to grow at an alarming rate.  Last month 98 new households became members due to loss of income or rising expenses in their households.  IFC volunteers now give monthly grocery allotments to a total of 1,697 families.  As we go through this holiday season and enter a new year, you are invited to do so in the company of those who enjoy good jazz and in solidarity with those in need.

An Evening of Jazz, a benefit concert for the Inter-Faith Council, will be on New Year's Eve beginning at 7 pm at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC.  For more information, www.unitedchurch.org or call 919-942-3540.

Richard Edens
United Church of Chapel Hill
1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
919-942-3540     Voice Mail Box # 60


Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 2:00pm


United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Blvd, Chapel Hill



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