Local community organizations had one message on Monday: you are the answer.
Around 70 community members joined the Family Success Alliance, Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and the Orange County Food Council for the Charity and Justice Community Workshop at the Carrboro Century Center on Monday.
Allison De Marco, outgoing chairperson of the leadership team of the OCPEH, said the event was meant to share the three hosting organizations’ work with the community and raise awareness on the difference between charity and justice approaches to human need.
“Our organizations have been working with the county to really think about systems change and how we make, how we impact issues of poverty and homelessness and food insecurity in a more lasting and systematic way,” she said.
She said providing shelter or food to people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity is an example of a charity response, while expanding affordable housing is an example of a justice response.
Syndee Kraus, a Carrboro resident, said she came to the event because she was interested in the topic.
She said it can be difficult to know how to respond to human need.
“My husband and I give charitably and want to be actively involved, but you don’t always know that what you’re doing is helping,” she said.
During the event, community members broke off into groups and were assigned topics like homelessness, unemployment, hunger and access to health care. They were subsequently asked to think of causes of the issue, as well as charity and justice responses.