More about Durham First In Families

LUEWWD XI: First in Fight happened on September 20th, 2014, and raised close to $9,000 for Durham First In Families. More details here. And photos here!


Thank you to LUEWWD XI beneficiary organization Durham First In Families for providing us with more detail to share with you so you can really feel confident that your contribution will directly benefit individuals and families living in your community.

Please join us on September 20th for LUEWWD XI: First in Fight at Social Games and Brews where we’ll be raising funds for Durham First In Families. You can also vote with your dollars online for your favorite contestant before the event. Sign up to volunteer if you can!


First In Families of North Carolina (FIFNC) is a statewide not-for-profit organization based in Durham since 1996. Our mission is to help people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others. The Durham FIF (DFIF) Chapter offers direct family support to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and their families according to each family’s self-defined need.

Our organizational model is based upon an underlying expectation of reciprocity and belief that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as all community members. We value inclusion as the least restrictive and most successful living environment for individuals with I/DD and TBI and believe that the community is rich in resources beyond “formal services.”

While Durham FIF works with people of all ages, the funds raised from the 2014 LUEWWD Tournament will directly benefit women and girls in our community and assist us with meeting their needs.


Durham FIF has helped single mothers and women self-advocates with requests such as medical equipment, accessible technology, developmental toys, car repairs, gas vouchers, guardianship costs, and camp fees. We assisted women self-advocates with day programs which offer them a social outlet and job training skills. We receive a large volume of requests from single mothers who need basic need items such as canned food, diapers, and cleaning products. We started a modest food and cleaning supply pantry by partnering with local businesses and the community to collect donations.


Another common request from single mothers is for assistance with summer camp fees. While it is already difficult for many families to afford camp for their children, accessing camps that are equipped for people with disabilities compounds this issue.   Camp is a valuable experience for both children and single mothers – children experience healthy lifestyles and inclusion among their peers, mothers are provided with a period of respite.


In FY 12-13 DFIF served 130 families and leveraged $45,595.26 of additional non-public funding (with a family support budget of $21,453.88); this added an additional $0.68 on the dollar to spend on direct family support. Fundraisers and grants provided an additional $5,557.47. The average income of families served through DFIF in FY 2012-13 was $18,566.32; 59% of total families served are below poverty level. Yet families continue to give back by donating gently used clothing, toys, equipment, and by volunteering!


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