In February 2014, Steven Howser, who is experiencing homelessness in Chapel Hill, reached out to the Community Empowerment Fund for help.
Now, he's returning the favor by fundraising for CEF.
CEF is a local nonprofit that helps people who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, homelessness in Orange and Durham counties.
“I understand how hard it is for a lot of people to donate, but CEF helps so many people in the community,” Howser said. “I’m just trying to help them in a way — to give back.”
CEF provides savings programs, financial coaching and other free education programs to its members.
Cole George, a member of CEF, said he likes the classes that CEF offers on Saturdays.
“I like the things that CEF has done and stands for,” George said.
The fundraiser is connected to Howser’s Facebook page and has a goal of $1,000. So far, no money has been raised, but Howser is optimistic.
“I don’t expect it to hit overnight, but I’m trying to find a way to get it to pick up,” he said. “I only asked for $1,000, and if I only get half of that, that’s fine.”