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Our Focus

The focus of Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) is to provide low income residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County with social/community action service. Therefore, our priority is to respond to inquiries from Forsyth County. We do not provide assistance services to those outside Forsyth County.

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Ownership of Content

All information on, as well as the organization and layout of the website, is owned and copyrighted by the Experiment in Self-Reliance, Inc., unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Except as expressly authorized by ESR, you may not copy, distribute, resell, display, sub-license or create derivative works based on any such information from the website, in whole or in part.

Acceptance of Terms

By accessing ESR’s website,, including all information, documents, communications, files, text, graphics, software, and products available through the website, you agree to the following terms. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you may not access or use the website. If you breach any of the Terms of Use, your authorization to use this website automatically terminates, and any materials downloaded or printed from the website in violation of the Terms of Use must be immediately destroyed.


We may amend these Terms of Use from time to time; please review them periodically. We maintain the option to modify these Terms of Use at any time by electronic notice posted on our website. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms.

Nature of Materials

All materials on are samples that have been provided in order to advance the public interest for educational and guidance purposes only. They are not standard or model forms and should not be used as such. These documents have been created to meet unique program needs of nonprofits, and the actual content of a particular document may not be appropriate for your organization. Therefore, while these documents may serve as a starting point for drafting or revising similar documents, independent judgment and, where appropriate, the advice of competent legal counsel is strongly recommended.

Use of Materials is for informational purposes only and is provided to you solely for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for purposes of resale, distribution, public display or performance or any other uses. You expressly agree that you will comply with any and all such restrictions.

Intellectual Property

All ESR materials and services on this website are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, and/or other intellectual property laws, and any unauthorized use of these materials may violate such laws. You agree to use these materials in compliance with all applicable laws, governmental regulations and guidelines, including without limit, all copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws.

Liability, Warranties and Disclaimers

ESR accepts no responsibility or liability for incorrect or misleading information or its use as obtained through the Internet. It is solely your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of all opinions, advice, services, merchandise and other information provided through the site generally.

The website is provided on an “as is,” “as available” basis without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, those of TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE or NON-INFRINGEMENT or any warranty as to accuracy, timeliness, completeness or arising from a course of dealing, usage or trade practice. No oral advice or written information provided by ESR or its employees, directors, officers, or agents shall create a warranty; nor shall members or visitors to the website rely on any such information or advice.

The user assumes all responsibility and risk for the use of this website. Under no circumstances shall ESR, its directors, officers, employees, agents, or anyone else involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS resulting directly or indirectly from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites which are linked to this website – or resulting directly or indirectly from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access.

Indemnification and Governing Law

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ESR, its affiliates, governing board, officers, directors, agents, employees, partners, and suppliers from any liability, loss, claim, demand, and expense (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to (a) your use of, or connection to, the website; (b) your violation of these Terms of Use; (c) your posting of content to the website; or (d) your violation of any rights of another person or entity, and any claim or lawsuit against ESR arising out of, or related to, the foregoing conduct shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina.

Internal Links — links made to

We welcome links to our homepage from other nonprofits, government agencies, and others who wish to help extend our mission into the nonprofit sector. We ask that you email us to let us know of your intentions to link to our site, and indicate the purpose of the link. No link may present or display a product or activity in a way that states or implies the ESR’s endorsement. ESR does not endorse any commercial organizations or products.

External Links — links from

ESR’s website includes links to external websites created and controlled by parties other than the ESR. These links are provided only for the convenience of users of this site and any information obtained thereby does not necessarily represent the opinions of ESR. These links do not fall under the domain, and ESR is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external websites. ESR makes no representation about the accuracy of any information contained in these links. Your use of any linked website is solely at your own risk. We do not routinely link to private, commercial or other similar websites, other than current corporate sustainers of the ESR’s programs and services. However, on a case-by-case basis, we will consider requests from such groups or persons to link to their websites. ESR will grant such requests only where it is determined that such links will clearly support our mission, and where we have concluded that such links will not in any way jeopardize our reputation, independence, objectivity, mission or ability to serve the nonprofit sector.

To make a request, email ESR.


The Terms of Use and the other rules, guidelines, licenses and disclaimers posted on constitute the entire agreement between ESR and you with respect to your use of our website. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Terms of Use, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties as reflected by that provision, and the remainder of the Terms of Use shall continue in full force and effect. Any failure by ESR to enforce or exercise any provision of the Terms of Use or related right shall not constitute a waiver of that right or provision. The section titles used in the Terms of Use are purely for convenience and carry with them no legal or contractual effect.

Privacy Policy

As a nonprofit organization, the Experiment in Self-Reliance (“ESR”) places a high priority on protecting your privacy. This privacy policy was created in order to demonstrate the ESR’s commitment to the privacy of our clients and other website visitors. This policy explains what types of information is collected by the ESR’s website,, and how this information is used.

What Personally Identifiable Information is Collected

ESR Clients and other website visitors that register to use voluntarily provide us with contact information (such as name and e-mail address). We use this information internally for providing personalized service and for monitoring website traffic.


Cookies are small bits of code that are sent to your computer when you logon to a website that allows us to identify you when you return to the site. ESR uses “cookie” messages to automatically help provide better services. They remind us who you are and your preferences for our website based on what you’ve done and told us before. The “cookie” is placed on your computer and is read when you come back to our website. Cookies let us take you to the information and features you’re particularly interested in. They also let us track your usage of, so we know which parts of our sites are most popular. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your web browser accordingly.

How Your Information May Be Used

We use your personal information to provide you with personalized service; to send e-mail alerts to you; to answer your requests; to process your applications; etc. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease communications from us. You may do so here. We may also use your information to track your visits to our website. This lets us see which of our features are the most popular so we can better serve our users’ needs.

Electronic Newsletter

We send an electronic newsletter, on a regular basis to our Clients. The newsletters are sent to your preferred address. You may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease communications from us. You may do so by clicking the link provided at the bottom of every newsletter.

Survey and Polls

From time to time, we may offer surveys and/or interactive polls to users so they can share their opinions with others users, see what our users think about important issues or to better target our content. Participation in the surveys and/or polls is optional. Opinions and responses are not identifiable to any particular user. We may share aggregated demographic information with partners or supporters. We never share any information about specific individuals with any third party.


We may amend this privacy policy from time to time; please review it periodically. We maintain the option to modify this policy at any time by electronic notice posted on our website. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed to be your agreement to the changed terms.

If you have questions or comments, please email the Experiment in Self-Reliance, or mail them to Experiment in Self-Reliance, Inc, Post Office Box 135, Winston-Salem, NC 27102

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