BENEFITING: ROGERS-EUBANKS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2014
In 1972 the Town of Chapel Hill built an unlined landfill on 80 acres of land on Eubanks Road. Community residents have seen the way the landfill has changed the community in Orange County. They watched as the landfill was expanded in the 80s and in the 90s. They described the effects of the landfill: “Brown water, you know, smelly air, people getting sick.” Many people left, but some came back with a new vision for home, and they are making it happen. The landfill was just closed. The RENA Center began its operations in 2010. It opened with volunteer labor, with couch change for money but with the will of a strong and growing community of African-Americans, Burmese and Hispanic citizens. We are raising money for a summer program to help our children build strong minds, bodies and spirits. Our children do not all speak the same language, but they have begun to learn and play together. They will learn computer programming, practice sustainable living skills, learn each other’s games and customs. The money we raise will allow us to hire the trained professionals we need to make this happen. Please help us!