March 2017 Newsletter

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March 2017 Newsletter

A Special Benefit Concert for
Orange County Living Wage

Curtis.png On Sunday, March 12, internationally celebrated and locally championed violinist Jennifer Curtis will perform an intimate solo concert to benefit OCLW. The performance will feature an original composition and works of Mozart and Enescu.

Jennifer, a Chapel Hill native, has gone from Carolina Friends School to Juilliard to Carnegie Hall and beyond. The New York Times called her second solo Carnegie Hall performance “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs.” Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and a founder of Tres Americas Ensemble. She has premiered works at the Mostly Mozart Festival and performed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela.

Jennifer sees music as the best form of cultural outreach. She has collaborated with Kurdish refugees from Turkey and improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon. In recognition of people separated by the border wall, she performed in Tijuana, while families visited from both sides of the barrier.

Celebrate Jennifer’s virtuosity – and the work of other locals making good by paying their employees a living wage. Please reserve your tickets now for her March 12, 2 p.m. benefit performance at Greenbridge Condominiums’ Sky Lounge, 601 W Rosemary St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Tickets are $25 and available for purchase at

Levels for sponsorships are $100, $250, or $500. Email for sponsorship or ticket information.

Your generous support will help OCLW continue to promote the community-wide benefits of a living wage.

Featured Employer of the Month:
Hillsborough Yarn Shop

featured.jpg The Hillsborough Yarn Shop has been a certified Orange County Living Wage employer since September 2016. The shop opened in 2006, when owner Anne Derby cut back hours at her “day job” as a biomedical engineer and followed her bliss. Yarn and knitting have been part of Anne’s life since childhood; knitting also helped her through chemotherapy during cancer treatment in 1996. In eleven years, Hillsborough Yarn Shop has stitched together a vibrant, creative community of fiber artists, knitters, weavers, and crocheters who value high-quality natural fiber yarns. The shop is well stocked with yarn of many weights and kinds, from fabulous makers like Brooklyn Tweed, Baa Ram Ewe, Shibui, Swans Island, and so many more.

Owner Anne Derby is a committed advocate for living wages. “People need to have self-respect; they need to keep their families together. We have paid a living wage and offered health insurance from day one. Because it’s how I want to live my life and I couldn’t possibly employ somebody who I didn’t treat the same way I’m treated.”

The Hillsborough Yarn Shop is open every day of the week except Mondays. The shop also offers knitting and crocheting classes for all levels. Stop in to buy some beautiful yarn or trade tips on projects – and say thanks for being an Orange County Living Wage employer!

114 S. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC

The Living Wage Roster:
Strong and Growing

Since OCLW’s February newsletter, nine new employers have been certified, bringing the total number of Orange County living wage employers to 113.

Join us in congratulating – and supporting – El Centro Hispano, Latino Community Credit Union, Hillsborough Arts Council, Historic Hillsborough Commission, Behavioral Insights, Inc., Institute Art Therapy, Inc., EmPOWERment, Inc., Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels, and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic – Chapel Hill Health Center.

Our complete list of 113 living wage employers is here. Help local businesses who are making living wages work. Bring them your business soon!



When you support Orange County Living Wage, you’re saying “yes” to a just economy and enhanced quality of life.  Your monetary assistance will be used for technical support, administrative assistance, informational brochures, framed certificates, car magnets, store window decals, BUYcotts, and more -- all of which are used to promote and sustain living wage employers and employment.

Click here to make a donation that will raise awareness about our voluntary certification program.

Thank you for all of your support in this voluntary effort to promote a living wage in Orange County.
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