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Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!  It's my fervent hope that 2019 will be a wonderful and prosperous year for all us, and most especially for CORA as we strive to meet our mission to create a community without hunger.  
I'm sure everything you're reading this month has a "new year - new you" theme, and this will be no different.  CORA, by the end of 2019, will look brand new.  We're working on a new website and logo to help us "re-brand" as we prepare for the move into our new building.  Rebecca and I are connecting with new partners and funders about opportunities that have the potential to help us to serve the community in new and more effective ways.  The board will be meeting in March to re-evaluate and update our strategic plan so that we can prepare for, communicate, and manage the organizational changes that will take place over the course of the next year. Don't worry, I'll keep you informed about our decisions!  
CORA is also recruiting new board members and will soon hire a new volunteer coordinator.  I will be heavily involved in both of these processes and am especially looking forward to introducing a new volunteer coordinator into a new volunteer advisory committee.  Hilary Murray and I are working to form the volunteer advisory committee and will work to further engage CORA's numerous dedicated volunteers in interesting and fulfilling ways.  
Alas, as with all new endeavors, we know there will be hiccups and bumps along the way.  We appreciate your patience and support as we keep moving forward.  Thank you for all that you do and all that you've done to support CORA over the years - and hold onto your hats - it's a new year!


Melissa Driver Beard
Executive Director

Amazed! Inspired! Grateful!

That’s how your generosity makes us feel. CORA is a place of hope and comfort for many in our community, a respite from their struggles where there is always an empathetic ear, supportive smile, and shelves of food to help meet their needs. Thanks to the vision, generosity, and hard work of hundreds of individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations CORA is building a community without hunger! 


A handmade bowl, a simple meal, a way to give!

CORA invites the public to the 9th Annual Chatham Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Sunday, February 24th at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro.  Empty Bowls is an event designed to raise awareness and funds for our battle to end hunger in Chatham County.

February 24, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro

Please help us fill the bowls of hungry people in our community by becoming a sponsor of this important event.

We are happy to announce that Natalie Stewart has been promoted to Director of Operations for CORA. Natalie’s role will include oversight for Pantry, Programs, and Community Partner Outreach.

“Making a significant difference in the fight against hunger is my highest calling. Working beside my Chatham County friends and partners allows me to fulfill my purpose.”

Natalie holds Certificates in Nonprofit Management, Duke University, and Food and Nutrition Practices, Texas A&M. She resides in Holly Springs with her husband, Mike, son, Bob, and best canine friend, Raven.

Would you like to become involved with one of the most respected and effective non-profit organizations in Chatham County? We are currently recruiting three people for the CORA's Board of Directors!
Every year, the school collaborates with a local charity for their Caring and Giving events. Their goal is to teach children about math, nutrition, and planning, all while encouraging kindness and generosity.
Chatham OutReach Alliance
PO Box 1326
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Make a donation TODAY!

 CORA is a United Way of Chatham County member agency.

CORA was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

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