Our Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Event is Almost Here!

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Can you believe it’s November already? Fall has officially made its entry in North Carolina, and it finally feels like it! November may have most people focusing on Turkey Day and the rest of the holidays, but not us….not yet! Our main focus is our signature fundraising event of the year: our 6th Annual Out of Sight “Blindfolded” Dining Event happening, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Hellenic Center (614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville). Join us for Fine “Blindfolded” dining and experience being without sight while dining, if you dare!

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This year we will have LIVE music by That Nation Band and by VRC family member Bruce Bettis. Our Master of Ceremonies is none other than Goldy–Morning Show Host of WFNC 640 talk radio. We’ll have delicious food, an outstanding live auction, and silent auction. The night is always one to remember, and the best part about it is that it raises money exclusively for the VRC and our programs. If you’re interested in upgrading your ticket, make sure to get the VIP package so you that get all of the amenities of the special VIP section where you will receive delicious appetizers and free drinks from 5-6p.m.. Get your tickets NOW at this link. $75 per person or $125 per couple.

A HUGE Thank you to our Out of Sight Dining Experience Sponsors:

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Cape Fear Eye Associates

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Virginia and Tom Colantuono
Ramon Yarborough
Array
Up & Coming
Systel
Better Vision
Mi Casita
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Charles and Judy Luther

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Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design
Western Harnett Lions Club
Brady and Julie Rufenacht

Silent Auction Donors: Pressed, DPAC, Triangle Rock Club, Patriot Theater, Prim & Proper, Cypress Vineyards, Carolina Opry Theatre, Dr. Garcia, Teelc-Travel

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

Terri ThomasThis month is all about Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining. The Vision Resource Center thanks all of our new and returning sponsors. Our sponsors are so important to the progress of our mission providing services to the blind and visually impaired. This year we experienced a few setbacks; our Out of Sight Wing Fling was rained out, and one of our VRC buses had significant air conditioning problems which cost the Center $10,000.00. The buses are utilized to carry our participants over 22,000 miles last year. We keep our participants active and stress independence and advocacy. We need the community more than ever this year to help us to rebuild from the significant hits of the year. We want to be able to help independently and finally get them assistance in their homes to provide skills to maneuver in their homes more independently with one-on-one instruction. Can you imagine losing sight and have to be pulled around everywhere or have to wait for someone to do absolutely everything…? They don’t want their lives to become that either. Please help us to keep the progress going and make a difference in the lives of those that have a vision impairment.
Our participants would love to receive assistive technologies such as equipment to help them identify their clothing, read barcodes in the stores to help them purchase groceries and home products,  and acquire bump dots to allow them to mark things in their homes so they can cook and wash clothes.

We traveled to LC Industries in October; LC Industries is a company that employes the blind, and their equipment is so cool. Having a vision impairment is a very costly disability. Most assistive equipment to aid in the loss of vision starts at $500.00 and can go up to $4,000.00. The staff from the President on down were accommodating and treated us like VIPs. Many of our participants still want to be active and work; we are hoping that our visit will create a great partnership. LC Industries has already ordered 130 of our “Love is Blind” t-shirts. It was AMAZING to see so many visually impaired people working and a company that supports them.

The Vision Resource Center helps our participants to have the most social and independent lives possible. Help us continue our mission. Purchase your 2017 “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Tickets TODAY!!!!!
Party with a Purpose,

~Terri

Coming Up in November:

Nov. 2: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

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Nov. 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Nov. 9: Cape Fear Botanical Garden Herbs and Tai Chi performance. Begins at dark…536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 and “Wait Til Dark,” Cape Fear Regional Theater.

Nov. 14: Join us for an outing at the Fruitcake Factory! Call (910) 483-2719 for more information. 1699 Hoyt Scott Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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Nov. 15: THANKSGIVING Family Meeting. 11-1. You don’t want to miss this informative time together of learning and fellowship! 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Nov. 18: Out of Sight Dining Event. Make sure you have tickets to our signature fundraiser! Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville. $75.00pp $125.00/couple

Nov. 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Nov. 24: Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 28: Tokay 9:30-11:30 am.

Nov. 30: Tokay 9:30-11:30a.m.

Coming Soon:

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Adult Christmas Party Dec 16th: 5-9 pm at the VRC….

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October is Blindness Awareness Month! VRC News and Calendar October 2017

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Join us this month in celebrating Blindness Awareness Month! There are 285 million people in the world who are vision impaired, and 39 million of these people are completely blind. The point is they are all PEOPLE, not just “blind.” They have hopes and dreams and want to be known and seen. A great way to honor them is to volunteer with the VRC! This not only allows for more interaction for our blind and visually impaired, but it allows for more opportunities to do social outings if we have more help in facilitating them. Check out our volunteer form here to start the process. You CAN make a difference! Be a part of Blindness Awareness Month and VOLUNTEER.

A Year in Review 

We’ve had an exciting journey this past year at the VRC. We’ve not only grown our numbers and met new people, but we’ve expanded our programming thanks to our many donors!

This year we were able to add a huge new component to our programming: Independent Living Skills. We’ve always known we wanted to be able to address this for our blind and visually impaired and were finally able to do so because of the generous donations of the Cumberland Community Foundation, United Way of Cumberland County, Wells Fargo, and Chive Charities. We offered courses with Independent Living Skills consultants on cooking, use of technology, and self-care. We even grew the program to add a new program “Outside the VRC Walls” with the help of the Elizabeth Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation. We are now going into homes of our blind and visually impaired and assessing the day-to-day challenges and problem-solving solutions for daily life. This fund allowed us to have $10,000 to go towards this excellent program. We also had help from the Pay it Forward Endowment for Vision Impaired Youth and the Friends of the VRC Endowment with funding for our programs. We are so grateful our endowments at Cumberland Community Foundation; it’s a gift that we receive annually, with no application process. This assistance allows us to touch more lives in a meaningful and daily way. Consider giving to one of our endowments. Contact Cumberland Community Foundation to help provide us sustainable operating support.

We also want to thank United Way, Wells Fargo, Walmart, and a host of private donors for their continued financial assistance for our operations. We could not exist without this incredible support. Financial gifts allow us to take our blind and visually impaired out to experience the world around them. We’ve been horseback riding at the KopperTop Life Learning Center, attended and participated in a fishing tournament at the Outer Banks, had a hands-on tour of the Aloha Zoo, and even had a tour of the Fruitcake Factory at Christmas. We’ve had social experiences such as dinner theatres at Mike’s Farm, a visit to Duplin Winery, many visits to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. And as importantly, we’ve emphasized education. We are thankful for the United Way Days of Caring where volunteers helped us with Therapeutic Horticulture at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This year also included visits to art exhibits at the NC Museum of Art, and in Fayetteville, we’ve made a point to add sensory integration to expand these experiences for all involved.

One of our two biggest fundraisers this year, our 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling made its mark in Festival Park. We, unfortunately, had a very stormy day to contend with this year, but we still had a dedicated turnout, and the show went on with our wing contest. We’ve got some great ideas for next year and hoped to grow this fundraiser into a much bigger event in the future. We are grateful for our premier sponsor, Mountainaire Farms and their donation of the wings for the event. They rock!

You can’t talk about our year without mentioning summer camp. Our Youth Camp went from July 17-28 and was action-packed! We spent time at Camp Rockfish and Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, visited the NC Museum of Art, and took a trip to the Beach for surfing lessons. The next week we visited the Transportation Museum as well as the Airborne Museum downtown. Then we spent a bulk of the week learning daily skills in independent living. The kids had meaningful sharing and learned some great life skills in the process. Win-win! SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.(Summertime Kids Grant) Youth Growth Stock Trust and a very friendly Trust in Fayetteville, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp for children with visual impairment.

Thanks to the Massey Hill Lions Club, our adults were able to attend Camp Dogwood from July 30-August 5. Our adults always love this experience, and we look forward to going every year.

Testimonials: Our Blind and Visually Impaired Share

Vernice is a newcomer to our VRC family and is originally from Compton, California and resided in Clinton, NC before becoming a resident of Fayetteville. When asked what do you like thus far about the VRC:

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“The VRC helps in bringing people in from a variety of organizations that can help us in the community. Many of us don’t get out much, and this makes us aware of what is going on around us. This program helps us to get out of the home and hang out with a diverse group of people. There was no help for me in Clinton. The van transportation with the VRC is helpful. Transportation is difficult for the blind. I am currently trying to utilize the City Fast Trac system, but it’s proving to be a bit confusing. I am fortunate to have someone to take me to appointments and shopping. I realize I am fortunate, but there is nothing better than being independent.”

 

 

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Quince (Q): You have been with the VRC for a while, what do you think is the most valuable asset?

“Hands down socialization. We suffer from isolation so much with our loss of vision, so the trips, independent living skills, and activities are so worthwhile. We need more funding to incorporate more independent life skills classes.”

Quince and Vernice have volunteered to be spokespeople for the VRC, and we will begin utilizing them this month!!!

A Note From Our Executive Director:

Terri ThomasThe VRC continuously works hard to ensure we are giving our people what they need… SOCIALIZATION has been the primary focus this quarter. The most heavily attended programs are our family meeting where we eat lunch, discuss happenings in the community, go over our month’s activities and just share. We had a total of (30) in attendance, and that is an all-time high. The sharing that goes on in this environment is fantastic!

I was invited to attend the Greater Fayetteville United Session, and one of the action items that came out of their survey is that Fayetteville is not disability-friendly. What a wonderful way to get the VRC folk involved. This is a way to show our city what living with a disability entails. We have plans to join the conversations at their meetings with a few of our advocates. What a great way to get our folk out of their homes and making a difference.

WE need you Fayetteville… NC Arts Access provides Cape Fear Regional Theatre with the adaptive equipment for our VRC folk to enjoy the incredible plays they bring to Fayetteville, however, the readers come all the way from Raleigh on those special nights to provide the equipment. IF you are interested in learning how to become a reader please contact the Center, we want this program to continue so we must train readers from our area. This is another great way to give the arts to the blind!! Contact the Center for more details 910-483-2719

Finally, we need you to make our 2017 “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Event bigger than last year. Save the date Saturday, Nov. 18th, Hellenic Center 5-10p.m. Come out and party with the purpose of helping the blind in Cumberland County continue to live fruitful and independent lives!!!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller

Always,
Terri

Coming up in October:

Oct. 3: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 4: Voting Rocks- Going to Vote in the Primary!

Oct. 5: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct 10: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Oct. 11: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Oct. 12: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 14: Historic Tours of Old Fayetteville By Horse and Carriage 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Join us for a lovely carriage ride through downtown Fayetteville.

Oct. 17: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct 18: Dollar Store Shopping Trip

Oct. 19: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 24: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 25: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Oct 28: Charlie Wilson Concert, PNC Arena

Oct 30: LC Industries, National Disabilities Hiring Month, We are going to Visit!!

Oct. 31: Happy Halloween!

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Please call James to cancel your ride if you need it: (910) 476-6684

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Coming Soon:

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th, St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and get your tickets early! We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event. Check our website for more details.

 

September 2017 at the VRC: Updates and Calendar

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There’s something about September that is a shift in focus for our entire community. School is back in session, Fall is coming up, and the days will soon get shorter. We’re excited to see our youth get back into school and though we loved our summer camping experiences, we’re also excited to focus on our fall activities. One of those being our biggest fundraiser of the year, our 6th Annual Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Experience. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at  St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church for a night of fun, food, and entertainment, all in raising much-needed funds for the VRC. Event information is on our website. 

We’re also excited to be part of the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Community Night Series! We’ll have a table set up in the lobby the night of September 21st during a showing of Dreamgirls. We look forward to meeting more of our community there. We also will have the use of Audio Description Technology for our blind and visually impaired so that they can enjoy the show with more detail as well. Make plans to attend this great show with us–we hear it’s going to sell out!

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Programming and Volunteerism

As you scroll down through our calendar this month, you may see that it’s “slimmer” looking. We’ve had to cut back on some of our activities,  because we had to make adjustments with our budget shortfall from the Wing Fling event in June. Mother Nature had her way and it poured that day.  This year’s “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining is critical in getting funds rolling to continue our level of service to the blind and visually impaired of our community.

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WE need you! If you have expertise in filing documents, answering phones, and a warm heart, we need to you volunteer in our office.  If this appeals to you, please let us know by calling the Center at (910) 483-2719. It takes a village to run this organization, and we need our community right now! To volunteer, please fill out our form on the website.
A Note from Our VRC Executive Director, Terri Thomas

Terri ThomasIt has been (7) years since I became Executive Director of the Center and what I have come to realize to our blind people, SOCIALIZATION is essential!! Blind and visually impaired people want to bond with others that are like them.  There are some cases where people aren’t social butterflies, but in most cases, our population loves to be around each other.  Their zest for life when they are together is infectious.  One of my vets said, ‘My wife wants to come to the activities with me, but I need something for myself.’  I sat with that and thought about how my life would be different if I could not see, being a very active person.  I remembered when my dad fell ill; the friends tapered off from coming to visit or calling.  Isolation is something that happens with our blind and visually impaired. One of my participants stated it is as if people can catch our blindness…like it’s contagious.  I really couldn’t grasp the words they were telling me, but I reflected back on my dad, a man who had been very active, but once dementia started to affect him….like it’s contagious.  No one should be left to feel this way. Our community needs to realize that we ALL need each other, and push out of our comfort zones. Different doesn’t equal contagious!

Our office manager, Alix Worrell is no longer with the Center; she has begun her career at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, and we wish her the best. Because of that, our Office Manager position is open.  In speaking with the Board, we will use volunteers and our very own participants to answer phones, take messages, filing, etc.  My vet was excited about the opportunity to get out of the home and help his Center (giving back and getting out).  It did my heart good to know that we can also help our people participate in the workings of the Center as well as participate in programming.  We will get the devices needed to make their volunteerism successful.  We are also asking the community if you have office skills, come help us out!!! It’s more than just a volunteer opportunity; it is philanthropy at its best. Make sure to call us if you’re interested. (910) 483-2719

Until Next Time,

~Terri

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We thank Cumberland Community Foundation, Summertime Kids Program for allowing us to speak about what funding did for our program this summer.  As a result of this, we received a gift to our Friends of the VRC Endowment.  How is that for making a difference to our blind and visually impaired in our community?

Thanks also to:
Ramon Yarborough         Knights for the Blind Charitable Trust

The Shankar Family     Virginia and Tom Colantuono

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Those above, we thank you for blessing us this month, to continue our mission to enhance the lives of the blind and visually impaired.  It means so much.  Very humble thanks to the Shankar Family.

Coming Up in September:

Sept. 4: Labor Day: Office Closed

Sept. 5: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 12: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience.  4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Sept. 14: 10 am. Join us for a trip to the Farmers’ Market.

Sept. 16: Lake Jordan. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Youth fun day at the lake with a private pontoon boat tour!

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Sept. 19: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 21: Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Dreamgirls and Dinner 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm. The VRC will have a table in the lobby for CFRT’s Community Night series. We’ll go to dinner and then to a special performance of the play with Audio Description technology. Call us at (910) 483-2719  if you’d like to join us. 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville.

Sept. 26: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 27: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC
Coming Soon:

October is Blindness Awareness Month, so stay tuned for some opportunities for learning and sharing!

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Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th,  St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and get your tickets early! We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event.  Details to come!!!

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website for more information.
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A Time of Reflection​ and Renewal: August 2017 at the VRC

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Our “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion held July 17-28  proved to be a definite explosion of fun, education, smiles, sharing, and friendship. We spent time at Camp Rockfish and Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, visited the NC Museum of Art, and took a trip to the Beach for surfing lessons. The next week we visited the Transportation Museum as well as the Airborne Museum downtown. Then we spent a bulk of the second week learning daily skills in independent living. The kids had meaningful sharing and learned some great life skills in the process. Win-win! SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., Youth Growth Stock Trust, Cape Fear Kiwanis and FRT, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp.

 

Thanks to the Massey Hill Lions Club, our adults were able to attend Camp Dogwood from July 30-August 5. Camp Dogwood is a camp run by the Lions that is entirely devoted to the blind and visually impaired. It runs the entire summer and groups go on different weeks. We also thank our VRC driving team for driving and staying to ensure our campers got there safe and were ok while they were there. There are all sorts of recreational and entertaining activities, not to mention good food. This is a true camp experience and therapeutic retreat for our group. Check them out at their website.

A Note from Our Executive Director: Terri Thomas
Terri ThomasHappy August !! This month so far has been a time for reflection and renewed spirit. As an Executive Director, you often wonder if you are telling your story as effectively and passionately as you can. Then you participate in activities such as summer camp, and you’re reminded of how important it is that you tell THEIR story.  The Amazing Places We will Go, by Dr. Suess, gives you a vivid picture of the feelings I felt during my “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion experience this year. “Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!!!,” Dr. Suess reads. Our kids embraced the ENTIRE opportunity. The amazing places we went were Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish..Bowling..NC Museum of Art… Surfing with Ocean Cure, Carolina Beach, Etiquette Tips at Shogun Restaurant, and so many more!

The “truth” circle, activity during our “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion inspired my cause for renewal. This activity was a part of the Independent Living skills portion of the camp held the 2nd week. Are there any of our readers that don’t know what an independent living skill is…?? It’s ok. Admit it, it’s something that we don’t have to think about if we have sight. This consists of skills that help you to adapt and navigate the world with your limited vision. It can be as simple as a fold to know what money you have in your pocket, how to scan groceries at the grocery store, how to cook safely…get it?? Ok, the “truth” circle. In the circle, the kids were asked to finish this sentence. “People see me as _____________but I want them to see me as ____________.” The most “telling” answer was, “People see me as a glass window, but I want them to see me as a fun loving, happy, great friend that loves life.” Sit with that thought for a minute. When asked ‘Why the glass window?”, the response was, ‘People see right through me as if I was not there….’ No words can express my emotion in that space; this is why we continue this work in spite of ups and downs, Oh the Places You’ll Go (Dr. Suess). We thank Cumberland Community Foundation, FRT, Youth Growth Stock Trust, and Cape Fear Kiwanis for helping us to provide the amazing places this summer.

Remember, we need volunteers and your financial gifts to keep creating these awesome experiences for our kids and adults. The rainout of the “Out of Sight” Wing Fling hit us hard, but we must continue to do the work. They don’t stop because of their impairment, so we can’t stop advocating and fighting for them.

Please become a part of our mission and our journey and make a difference by contributing online to www.visionresourcecentercc.org or mailing in a check of any amount to keep our wheels of progress going for the Blind and Visually Impaired in our community. Your tax-deductible gift will go towards operating expenses of the adults and kids programming at the VRC.

Be Blessed,
Terri

This Month:

July 30-August 5: VRC Adults Attend Camp Dogwood camp dogwood logo

Aug 8: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Aug 9: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

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Aug 10: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 15: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 16: NC Museum of Art: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Aug 17: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 22: Gateway to Gold Experience. Massey Hill Rec Center, 1612 Camden Road, Fay, NC 28306

Aug 24: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Aug 29: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 31: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Please VOLUNTEER!

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We need YOU!. Please consider joining our team. It’s fun, easy, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired. If you have questions, please call us or email us at vrc@embarqmail.com

Coming Soon:

State Fair Senior Day- Sept. 7th

Lake trip with the Youth on September 16th:

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In September, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is offering complimentary VRC space in their lobby. CFRT is helping non-profits to get their word out the community. WE THANK them for that. It’s happening Thursday, Sept. 21st – The Vision Resource Center will attend Thursday, September 21 for Dreamgirls.

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th, St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church ….We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event. Details to come!!! Buy your tickets or become a sponsor in August and receive $25.00/ticket or $50.00 off sponsors

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our VRC Facebook page and check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org for more information.

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J-U-L-Y spells “Summer Camp” at the VRC!

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Do you know what J-U-L-Y spells to all of us at the VRC? Summer Camp, of course! We are so excited to get this year’s summer camp started! In addition to having 2 full weeks of fun activities for our youth, we also have Orientation Mobility Specialists coming to provide educational sessions. And we aren’t leaving our adults out either! They’re heading to Camp Dogwood, thanks to the Massey Hill Lion’s Club at the end of the month through the beginning of August. July is a busy time, but a time we look forward to every year!

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We can’t say “Thank You!” enough, but we’ll still try!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th. The weather didn’t want to cooperate, but it didn’t stop our wing contest! Congratulations to the winners: Judges Choice- Mother Cluckers and People’s Choice Pack Eyes BBQ. Thank you also to our generous sponsors who made the event possible. And we couldn’t have done any of it without our volunteers or the support of this community. We are so grateful for all of you!

The Massey Hill Lion’s Club is sending our adults to Camp Dogwood July 30 through August 5th. We are so thankful for their continued support. Our crew could not go to camp without them!

Another huge thanks to Cape Fear Eye Associates for providing us this wonderful van (2) years ago and maintenance funding to go along with it. Both vans were in need of AC repair which is very costly. Thanks to CF Eye we had one van covered. It is so greatly appreciated. Both vans are on the road and our participants are as cool as they can be.

SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., Youth Growth Stock Trust and a very friendly Trust in Fayetteville, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp for kids with visual impairment. Our schedule includes the botanical gardens, Camp Rockfish, Greg’s Downtown, NC Museum of Art, Airborne Museum, Transportation Museum, Drumming, Beach trip etc….We are looking forward to a wonderful time.

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Please VOLUNTEER!
We need YOU! We need volunteers for summer camps and outings this summer. Please consider joining our team. It’s fun, easy, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired. If you have questions, please call us at (910) 483-2719 or email us at vrc@embarqmail.com

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 12.01.41 PMTHANKS, THANKS, THANKS…..!!!!
What can we say, the Lord said let it rain! The 2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling wouldn’t hold off the rain, but we had some loyal attendees, entertainment, vendors, and competitors. Fun was had by all that attended. The competition was stiff but the Mother Cluckers and Pack Eyes BBQ Teams “weathered” it all!! Talk about some AMAZING competitors, I know the judges’ jobs were so hard. Our Judges, Judge Tiffany Whitfield, Anne Marie Ziegler: Array Magazine, Joey Newcomb: Cape Beard, Michael Petti: County Sheriff Dept, and Joseph Parisi: City Police Dept. The BIGGEST thanks comes to our motivational, funny and positive MC, Commissioner Glenn Adams. He ROCKED!!
We COULD NOT have done this 2017 Wing Fling without our sponsors, Mountaire Farms, Array Magazine, Systel, The Walker Florez Consulting Group, Saam’s Party Tents, Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design, Ramon Yarborough, UPS Fay. and Ft. Bragg, Margaret & Gordon Dixon, Duck Donuts, Up & Coming Weekly, Dr. Poulos, Fay. Gastroenterology Associates, Crossfit 910, Better Vision, Olive Garden, Arrow Pest Control, Taste of West Africa, First Bank, Cape Fear Restoration, Copiers Plus, Breece Funeral Home, G&E Golf Carts, Metter Ann Montoya, Wade Hardin Plumbing, Wiseman Mortuary, Jennifer Cooney Attorney at Law, Ferncreek Primary Care, Rick and Carol Foster, Drs. Sharon and Mark Kendrick, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, PWC, Nellie Jo & Nathan Smith, and Phil and Patty Nusbaum. Thanks to you all from the bottom of our hearts. You’ve helped us and in turn helped the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

Until Next Time,

Terri

Coming Up in July:

July 3: Closed for Independence Dayhappy-independence-day-of-USA-Forth-of-July-of-USA-4th-July-OF-USA-free-images-pictures-photos-9

 

July 4: Closed for Independence Day

July 5: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

July 6: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

July 7: Outing to the Barn Dinner Theater, Greensboro, 6:00 pm

July 11: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

July 13: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

July 17-28 YOUTH SUMMER CAMP Daily from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Monday, July 17: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch
Tuesday, July 18: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch
Wednesday, July 19: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch, Drumming with Greg Whit
Thursday, July 20: Raleigh: NC Museum of Art and Lunch
Friday, July 21: Surf and Beach Trip

Monday, July 24: Airborne Museum, Greg’s Pottery, Transportation Museum
Tuesday, July 25: Clark Park, Shogun/Lunch, Movie
Wednesday, July 26: Independent Living
Thursday, July 27: Independent Living
Friday, July 28: Independent Living

July 30-August 5: Adults: Camp Dogwoodcamp dogwood logo

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VRC Spotlight: Mountaire Farms and Mark Reif

Thank you Mountainare Farms and Mark Reif for providing this big, beautiful 18 wheeler to keep the 10,000 donated wings refrigerated for our Out of Sight Wing Fling 2017. We appreciate all you’ve done to support the VRC!

 

 

June at the VRC: Time for the 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling!

“Taste is blind.”

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Summertime is coming and all we can think about is chicken wings!!!!

Our 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling is fast approaching on June 24th, and we are so excited to share an amazing day with all of you!

We are still in need of volunteers for the day of the event. We would love to make you a part of our team. Please call us with questions or to help: (910) 483-2719

All you need to do is complete the form attached to this link.
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We would love for you to cluck with us at the…..

2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th Hosted by Mountainaire Farms, Array Magazine, and the VRC:

When: June 24th Where: Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville Time: 3-8 pm

Cost: $5.00 admission and $10.00 sampling card to be a judge for the People’s Choice winner
(sample of 10 wings)

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Please help us spread the word about what this great event is about! Simply put, it’s a Chicken Wing Cook-off in a family-friendly setting. Our competitor’s “job” is to create the best wings they can bring to the judges’ table and for the community to judge. Two $500 cash prizes will be given: Best Wings per the judges and the People’s Choice Best Wings. So there are two opportunities to WIN! Those that purchase a sampling ticket will get to judge all of the competitor’s wings as they enjoy the rest of the event with vendors, live music, EyeQ Zone, Kid Zone food trucks, and best of all, you will help the visually impaired and blind community in our county.

*More information at www.outofsightwingfling.com or call us at the VRC office at
(910) 483-2719

MANY thanks to our fantastic Premier, On Fire, and Smokin’ Hot Sponsors:

Mountainaire Farms
ARRAY Magazine
Systel
The Walker Florez Consulting Group, Inc.
Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design
Ramon Yarborough
The UPS Store: Fayetteville and Fort Bragg locations
Saam’s Party Tents

Please VOLUNTEER!

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We need YOU! Beyond the Wing Fling, we need volunteers for summer camps and outings this summer. Please consider joining our team. It’s fun, easy, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired. If you have questions, please call us or email us at vrc@embarqmail.com

Many thanks:
We want to thank the Youth Growth Stock Trust for their generous grant that will help us send our Youth to summer camp. We also want to thank the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. for the Summertime Kids Program Grant. Both of these great organizations are allowing our Youth to have education experiences all summer. Also, our local trusts have helped us to provide independent living classes for our Youth during summer camp this year.

Thank you to the Massey Hill Lion’s Club for funding our Adults to attend Camp Dogwood this summer from July 21-August 5. Their generosity makes this camp possible for us!

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

Congrats to our own, Prince (center) and Thomas Bass (right) with our Board Treasurer Patty Nusbaum and also notetaker at FTCC. WE are so proud of our guys for graduating from Fayetteville Technical Community College!!!!IMG_5642

We are soo excited about the 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling. The monies raised will help us to provide much-needed independent living skills for our adults and kids. Independent living skills help our participants to do things safely based on their level of vision. What types of things? Cooking, dressing, walking from place to place, organizing their kitchen cabinets, utilizing their washer and dryers, etc. I discuss this with the media and to many people daily, but I don’t think the significance hits home until you really stop and think about it. This type of programming for our summer camp will cost us $1800.00. Consultants cost $70/hr, and this does not include travel and preparation for the classes. Does the state provide? Yes, they do, but due to state guidelines and limited staff, they cannot meet the needs. That’s where we come in. Help us to make this difference in Cumberland and surrounding counties. The Out of Sight Wing Fling event is $5 for general admission or $10.00 to sample and judge. Such a small amount to make a DIFFERENCE to someone who is blind or visually impaired. We love to party with a purpose, so come out and party with us!!!

Until next time,

~Terri

Summer Camp is Coming Quick!

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Coming Up in June:

June 6: YMCA: 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

June 8: YMCA: 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

June 13: 4gpzuq6jg56vdlvzNC Museum of Art: 11:30-1:30 pm. Tactile Art Tour provided by the NC Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Join us on a special tour of the art exhibits that allow us to put on gloves and experience them through touch! *Volunteers needed for this event* Call the VRC to help. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, West Building, Raleigh, NC 27607

June 15: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

June 18: Happy Father’s DaY

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June 20: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

June 22: Family Meeting. 11 am to 1. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

June 24: 17309888_1227809990671821_654737244042341206_n2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling! 3-8 pm at Festival Park. 335 Ray Avenue, Fayetteville NC 28301

June 27: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

June 29: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Coming Up Soon:

Summer Camp for the Youth: July 17-28, so save the dates! Will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: Save the dates: July 30th.-August 5th, courtesy of the Massey Hill Lion’s Club.

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org for more information.

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VRC May 2017 Newsletter and Calendar

“April showers bring May flowers…” And do we have a beautiful May planned for you here at VRC!

UnknownWe have some great events we will be attending this month. We can’t wait to spend time at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden for Sweet Tea and Shakespeare on May 4th. We look forward to a lovely spring evening to remember that night. And we also look forward to our United Way Days of Caring on the afternoon of May 12th there as well, where we’ll learn about Therapeutic Horticulture, and have the help of some wonderful volunteers from various business in our community. We are thrilled to get so much enrichment outside while enjoying the beautiful space!

During all of this, we are still working hard to plan and execute our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight Wing Fling”. Volunteers are NEEDED! WE know YOU would be GREAT!!!17309888_1227809990671821_654737244042341206_n

We need help to pull off this event as well as regular volunteers for our monthly outings. We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization!

All you need to do is complete the form attached to this link.
Volunteer Form

 

2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th Hosted by Mountainaire Farms, Array Magazine, and the VRC
Where: Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville
Time: 3-8 pm
Cost: $5.00 admission and $10.00 sampling card to be a judge for the People’s Choice winner
(sample of 10 wings)

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Please help us spread the word about what this great event is about! Simply put, it’s a Chicken Wing Cook-off in a family-friendly setting. Our competitor’s “job” is to create the best wings they can bring to the judges’ table and for the community to judge. Two $500 cash prizes will be given: Best Wings per the judges and the People’s Choice Best Wings. So there are two opportunities to WIN! Those that purchase a sampling ticket will get to judge all of the competitor’s wings as they enjoy the rest of the event with vendors, live music, EyeQ Zone, Kid Zone food trucks, and best of all, you will help the visually impaired and blind community in our county.

Opportunities to Help:

*Be a Sponsor: Five levels of sponsorship are available to show support and gain exposure.
They all have perks depending on the level:
On Fire! ($2,500)
Smokin’ Hot ($1,000)
Spiced Right ($500),
Sauced Up ($250)

Sponsorships are still available!

*Be a Vendor: Merchandise, crafts, and small businesses ($100) still looking for more of you!!!
Merchandise, crafts and small businesses are available.

We have confirmed all food trucks needed for this year’s event.

*Be placed in our program booklet: Buy an Ad, $25-$75

*Be a volunteer and serve on our committee or work the day of the event
Contact our office to become a part our 2017 “Out of Sight” Wing Fling committee and for the day of the event. We would love to make you a part of our TEAM.

*More information at www.outofsightwingfling.com or call us at the VRC office at
(910) 483-2719

A Note from Our Executive Director:

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Terri and Alix are ready for the 2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling! Are you?

A BIG THANK YOU to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church for allowing (15) of our adults that are blind or have visual impairment attend Camp Caraway, a spiritual retreat in Asheboro NC. Always fun to be had by all!!

MORE HUGS and THANKS to the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival for allowing non-profits to advocate for their organizations by working the information booth and selling sodas and waters spreading the word about the VRC.

The Wing Fling is quickly approaching…. We are SOOO excited… Guy Unger will be there… LeJuane Bowens, Spoken Word artist and CEO, Poetry-In-Motion, LLC, and VRC’s very own DJ “Q”; seafood, Healthy Kabobs, Hawaiian style shaved ice, burgers, smoothies…just a full array of foods to tempt your pallet. Let’s not forget for $10.00 you get to sample and judge BEST WING; there will be (10) competitors for you to try!!! All in support of the blind and visually impaired in our community. The first 1000 people in the gate will only get the chance to judge. Mountaire Farms has provided 1,000 wings to each competitor so get there early!!! We thank our judges Judge Tiffany Whitfield, Sheriff Ennis Wright, Array, and Cape Beard for judging this year’s Judge’s BEST Wing competition.

You can also get a $40.00 VIP ticket, easy access to the restroom, tables, chairs, drink tickets and some yummy snacks and treats, just a little something to make your time even more pleasurable. We will have something for everybody. BEST of all, monies raised will go to help the blind or visually impaired received to aid in independent living skills programming. It is so easy for us to put on our clothes for the day, walk across the street, clean our kitchen and make up our beds, but try it with your eyes closed…… That’s what independent living skill are about, teaching skills to make life a little easier for someone has no vision to complete those daily tasks we handle so easily!!!

Until next time,

~Terri

Coming Up in May:

May 4: Cape Fear Botanical Garden 6:30 pm. Sweet Tea and Shakespeare. A celebration of Shakespeare through an outdoor show at the garden over drinks! $20 per person. 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Fay, NC 28301

May 5: Cinco De Mayo! Happy-Cinco-de-Mayo

May 6: Join us for BINGO! 4-9 pm $1.00 per card. 2886 Owen Drive, Fay. NC

May 9: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

May 11: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

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May 12: United Way Days of Caring at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. 1-3 pm. Join us for a class on Therapeutic Horticulture. Learn with us! 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Fay, NC 28301

May 14: Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom-figures out there!

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May 16: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

May 17: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

May 18: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 7:30 pm. caroline-logo_squareCaroline or Change. Set in 1963, with the turmoil of the JFK assassination and the civil rights movement. In a Jewish household in Louisiana, the divorced African-American maid and the eight-year-old family son have their own worries and relationship. $10 per person. Call us at (910) 483-2719 if you’d like to join us.

May 23: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

May 25: Family Meeting. 11 am to 1. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

May 29: MEMORIAL DAY. We remember those who have served and honor them this day.

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May 31: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. We will use the fitness center and work out on the equipment. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

VRC Volunteer Spotlight: Jasmine Brown

8c60d71e-6fe3-4c88-945f-c00a1f9f4b1f.pngJasmine has volunteered with us for 4 years. She is studying to become a Special Education teacher after she graduates and attending Livingstone College. We are so thankful to her for her continued help and willingness to serve others!

Coming Up:

Summer Camp for the Youth: July 17-28, so save the dates! Will run from 9:30 am to 3:30

Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: Save the dates: July 30th.-August 5th, courtesy of the Massey Hill Lion’s Club.

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our VRC website for more information.

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