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Recap of OCLW’s Chili Cook-Off for Living Wages

Our first Chili Cook-Off on April 28 was truly a community collaboration and a big win for fair wages. We heard over and over how each chili was amazing – all had incredible flavor and the offerings represented quite a variety. Pro contestants: Kelby Grubbs – Pantana Bob’s; Alexis Lawson – Chef Lex; Vimala Rajendran – Vimala’s Curryblossom […]

Finding Gifts – and Plenty of Inspiration – at My Muses

Step into My Muses Card Shop on Main Street in the heart of Carrboro, and you’ll probably notice that you immediately feel a sense of calm come over you. Your shoulders will relax a bit, and your mood will lighten as you peruse the bespoke merchandise. Abhi Sivadas opened My Muses in December 2019. When he […]


WCHL Announces Most Recent Living Wage Certifications

Our thanks to 97.9 FM WCHL for spreading the word about our recently certified living wage employers. Have a listen the short clips below to learn more about these businesses and organizations – and please support them as you can! Elysian Fields Farm Law Offices of Amos Tyndall Ballet School of Chapel Hill  Transplanting Traditions […]

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Upcoming Employer and Employee Workshops

At Orange County Living Wage, we are committed to supporting certified living wage businesses and organizations by offering resources and assistance that may not be readily available. We are dedicated to understanding the specific needs and challenges of the local economy, offering personalized support and resources to address your concerns. Through workshops, networking events, and […]

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Join Us for a Chili Cook-Off for Living Wages on April 28

Get ready to fire up your taste buds! In the spirit of camaraderie and culinary excellence, the Orange County Living Wage’s Chili Cook-Off fundraiser invites participants and attendees alike to savor a diverse array of tantalizing chili recipes crafted by talented cooks from across the community. Whether you’re a seasoned chili aficionado or simply looking […]

Orange County Living Wage to Implement Application Fee Beginning April 1

Starting April 1, 2024, Orange County Living Wage will implement a new application fee to support the staff and infrastructure necessary to maintain and expand our programming. The fee structure:  Employers with 0-9 employees: $50 Employers with 10-49 employees: $100 Employers with 50 or more employees: $200 Employers will pay the fee at the time […]

A Living Wage, Baked Into the Cake

Tammy LeMoine was very involved with the PTA as her children attended Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. As she contemplated the components of the area’s excellent school system, with computers provided as well as social services for those in need of access, she wondered: For students with limited resources, what happens when all of that goes […]

Orange County Living Wage Increases to $17.65 an Hour in 2024

Chapel Hill, NC, Jan. 4, 2024 – Orange County’s newly updated 2024 living wage for hourly workers is $17.65 an hour, or $16.15 an hour for employers who pay at least half of employees’ health insurance costs. Orange County Living Wage (OCLW) adjusts the living wage annually to keep pace with rising rents. The 2023 […]