Group  description: Durham CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods) is a broad-based, non-profit organization that works to coalesce, train, and organize communities in Durham across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and geographic lines for the public good. It's primary goal is to develop local leadership and organized power to change the conditions that prevent low- and moderate-income families from improving their circumstances.

Overarching Goals: The overarching goal is to increase awareness of and participation in CAN actions among ERUUF members and ministers so that ERUUF is well-represented and supportive of community actions that have been organized in Durham through CAN.

Mission  and  History:

Durham CAN was formed in 2001-2002 when a number of clergy in Durham reached out to IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) to form a community-based organization to give a voice to those in the community who do not have a formal, organized voice.  ERUUF is one of CAN’s many member organizations. CAN is issue-driven and politically non-partisan. CAN does not endorse any candidate or party for elected office, and instead puts forth its issues agenda as the platform for constructive change.

CAN builds relationships of trust among people and institutions across Durham County, intentionally crossing boundaries of economics, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and geography that divide our communities. Part of the dynamism of our work derives from a shared commitment to bring together individuals and families that typically do not know one another, and often do not know how to collaborate successfully.

While not a religious organization, CAN’s agenda reflects Judeo-Christian and democratic values. CAN is often called upon to support member churches, synagogues, even dioceses, synods and conferences, as they seek to address problems that impact families and communities.

Durham CAN assembly2018





Durham CAN Assembly October 2018

Contact Person: Dick Hails and Lynne Howard-Vaughn
Role: co-chairs
Staff Partner: Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Minister of Congregational Engagement