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

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 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:

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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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VRC April 2017 Newsletter and Calendar

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“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”
~Hal Borland, American Author

Isn’t that a beautiful idea? April IS a promise! Here at VRC, it’s a time of learning, experience, and adventures–all promises for all involved. With grateful and thankful hearts, we move into spring and some of the most fun times of the year for our blind and visually impaired.

Hearty thanks to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church for sponsoring our adults to attend Camp Caraway, in Asheboro, N.C., April 21-23rd. Camp Caraway is a spiritual retreat and proves to be an outstanding rejuvenating weekend, and we couldn’t do it without the help of organizations like Snyder!

We want to express our thanks to Cumberland Community Foundation for affording us the chance to provide Independent Living Classes to our blind and visually impaired. These classes have been a huge hit and have taught practical, life-long skills to our blind and visually impaired. Thank you also to Chef Mei Parker for providing us with an outstanding cooking experience and thank you to Hay Street United Methodist Church for allowing us to use your kitchen!

Volunteers are NEEDED! WE know YOU would be GREAT!!!

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Helping out with our crew isn’t hard–it’s fun! Even if you’ve never interacted with the blind or visually-impaired, you can help us make a difference. You become the “eyes” of someone you have never known but walk away with a feeling of gratefulness because you have been a blessing and made a friend in the process. Your role is to describe the environment and help them to navigate in new places or situations (for those that need the help). We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: Volunteer Form

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We will also need volunteers for this great event
Where: Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville
Time: 3-8 pm
Cost: $5.00 to enter and $5.00 if you would like to sample and be the judge for People’s Choice

First, we will need you to help spread the word about what it is! Simply put, it’s a Chicken Wing Cook-off in a family-friendly setting. Anyone can sign up to be a competitor with their team (4 people per team, $75 to enter). Then their job is to create the best wings they can bring to the judges’ table. Two Cash prizes of $500 cash prizes: one for Best Wings per the judges and one for the People’s Choice for 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.

We only have two spots left for competitors, so sign up soon!

Additional Opportunities:

*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)

*Be a Vendor: Calling all Food trucks we have secured ALL the food trucks we will need for the event

Merchandise, crafts, and small businesses ($100) still looking for more of you!!!

*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.

For more information at Out of Sight Wing Fling or call us at the VRC office at (910) 483-2719

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

17388803_10212667663553396_8764109259839710513_oI learned an important lesson this week; thus why I am writing to you in such LARGE print (this is the font acceptable for the visually impaired-24pt). Marsha Jones, one of our participants, is out in the community promoting our ad booklet for our Wing Fling event. Marsha called me with concern; she said the VRC was doing this event for sighted people. I hesitated in my response but said no, we are doing this all for you guys. Passionately she said, ‘How am I supposed to promote this event if I cannot see what I am promoting?’ (the ad booklet paperwork). The community needs to know what OUR needs are and WHAT an effort it takes for us to make it in this community. Marsha said the community needs to know that we hate not knowing what we are eating and use our hands to make that determination. Why do people use the terminology “over there” or she is “right there” knowing you are sightless? She said that even in church, she’d have to write on envelopes for giving so sometimes she doesn’t give. People don’t realize how scary it is. I paused, and thought, ‘WOW I have been working with the VRC for (7) years…’, and it hit me like a ton of bricks, I still have work to do!! How do I get the community more aware, and how do I continue becoming more aware?

Please join us for our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling (cooking competition with a family fun flair) All your monies will help us to continue this great work of serving the blind and visually impaired in our community.
Humbly,
~Terri

 

 

Coming Up in April:

April 1: Don’t forget April Fools Day!

April 3: JD Fuller. Come walk with us! We’ll get our steps in together from 9:30 am to 11:30. 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville

April 4: Join us for lunch at Pierro’s from 11 am to 1 pm. Call the office for more details: (910) 483-2719Pierros-logo

April 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.

April 12: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

April 13: Dollar Store and lunch outing: 10 am – 2 pm. We’ll all shop together and then grab lunch! It’ll be fun! Eutaw Village Shopping Center, 2636 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville

April 14: Good Friday 

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April 17: JD Fuller. Come walk with us! We’ll get our steps in together from 9:30 am to 11:30. 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville

April 20: 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. A different location this time, so we can all communicate a little easier: 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

April 21: Our adults head off to Asheboro, NC to Camp Caraway! Call the Center for more information: (910) 483-2719. They will return on April 23rd.1835598

April 22: Youth event at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Watch Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at 2 pm. Get ready for a comedy thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless classic comes to life like never before in this fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville
April 28: Jazzy Friday at Cypress Bends. 6 pm to 9. We will enjoy some great music and some delicious wine! Make plans to come with us. 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram.

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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 website at Vision Resource Center for more information.

Please comment and share our blog! We love your feedback!

 

VRC March 2017 Newsletter and Calendar

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Spring is near, and the VRC plans to rock this month!! On top of our daily and monthly activities, we’re also planning for our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling to be held on June 24th at Festival Park. We want this unique event to be the best it can be, so we’re putting in the work ahead to plan a dynamic and exciting day that will benefit VRC and be fun for all!

We need VOLUNTEERS!

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Enjoying the Carolina Panthers game last year!

 

The VRC needs YOU; we are in need of volunteers. Helping out with our crew isn’t hard–it’s fun! Even if you’ve never interacted with the blind or visually-impaired, you can help us make a difference. You become a “friend” to someone you have never known, but walk away with a feeling of gratefulness, because you have become the eyes of someone else. You just describe the environment and help them to navigate in new places or situations (for those that need the help). We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: www.visionresourcecentercc.org/you-can-help

We will also need your help for our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th at Festival Park in Fayetteville from 3-8 pm. First, we will need you to help spread the word about what it is! Simply put, it’s a Chicken Wing Cook-off in a family-friendly setting. Anyone can sign up to be a competitor with their team (4 people per team, $150 to enter). Then their job is to create the best wings they can bring to the judges’ table. Two Cash prizes of $500 cash prizes: one for Best Wings per the judges and one for the People’s Choice for 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, “Eye”Q-Zone, Kid Zone food trucks, and best of all, you will help the visually impaired and blind community in our county.

Here’s how you can support the event:

*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)

*Be a Vendor: Calling all Food trucks ($150), merchandise, crafts, and small businesses ($100)

*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. Call us at (910) 483-2719.

For more information at www.outofsightwingfling.com

 

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas 

Terri Thomas“Time flies when you’re having fun…! Our Family Fun Event, the 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling is happening on Saturday, June 24th at the Festival Park, and we are so excited about what this year will bring. Chicken Wing Competitors are bringing their best skills to the cookers to become the BEST and the PEOPLE’s choice award. By purchasing a sampling ticket, you will be able to taste yummy wings from different competitors and if you don’t like wings, you can still help out an excellent cause. We came up with the tagline “Taste Is Blind.” At the VRC, “Love is Blind” so how fitting is it for our chicken wing cookoff to be #tasteisblind? We will have bands, vendors, food trucks, a VIP Tent, and an “Eye” Q-Zone. What is an “Eye” Q-Zone? It’s a chance to try life as a visually impaired or blind person. There will be many interesting activities for you to try!

We are pleased to thank Mountainaire Farms for being a co-sponsor of the Wing Fling this year! And ARRAY Magazine is our first “On Fire” Sponsor and partner for this year’s event. We would love for our community to join us in helping with our cause to support the blind and visually impaired in this community. We cannot do this without you! Skills training for how to get around without sight is needed and costly, and this event will aid in providing this training and continuing our mission to keep the visually impaired active mentally and physically.

Please make plans to attend, and if it interests you, think about volunteering. All you’d need to do is call the VRC to do so: (910) 483-2719. We can’t wait to work together to make this event even better than last year with your help!

Until next time,”
~Terri

 
Coming Up in March:

March 2: Dollar Store and lunch outing: 11 am – 2. We’ll all shop together and then grab lunch! It’ll be fun! Eutaw Village Shopping Center, 2636 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville

March 6: JD Fuller. Come walk with us! We’ll get our steps in together from 9:30 am to 11:30. 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville

March 8: Lunch at Shogun from 11 am to 1. Join us for a fun dining experience! 3811 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville

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March 9: Cape Fear Regional Theatre to see Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” This is a moving and intimate story that confronts race and religion. The show starts at 7:30 pm. 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville

March 13: JD Fuller. Come walk with us! We’ll get our steps in together from 9:30 am to 11:30. 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville

March 14: 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.VRC BOWLING holding ball

March 15: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

March 16: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

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March 21: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

March 23: 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. A different location this time, so we can all communicate a little easier. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

March 25: Luke 14 Banquet St. John’s Episcopal Church. 302 Green Street, Fayetteville.luke 14 banquet vrc

March 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

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

March 31: Jazzy Friday at Cypress Bends. 6 pm to 9. We will enjoy some great music and some delicious wine! Make plans to come with us. 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram.

VRC Spotlight: Theresa Steele Williams

20160404_112153Theresa came to the Vision Resource Center in hopes of obtaining assistive technology equipment to help her to remain viable in our community. Ms. Williams prepares taxes with AARP, and she also assists the Cumberland County Coordinating Council for Older Adults with helping seniors with Medicare and Medicaid Insurance information. Florence Rogers Trust allowed us to receive funding to purchase a TOPAZ Ph.D., which is a laptop size magnifier that aids Ms. Williams in continuing the jobs that she loves. Ms. Williams has been utilizing this equipment for almost a year under our Vision Resource Center Loaned Equipment Program. In the picture, you see Ms. Williams holding the TOPAZ and smiling from ear to ear. Our blind participants want to be viable and useful in our community, and we are so glad we could be a part of her happiness!

Coming Up Soon:

Baptist Fellowship Retreat For the Blind and Visually Impaired. Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro, NC: April 21-23. Deadline to sign up is March 15! Let us know if you’d like to attend.

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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.

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VRC February 2017 Newsletter and Calendar

 

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Experiencing the “Art in Touch” Show at Massey Hill High School

 

February is here, and we would like to take this time to say how much we love serving the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County! We also send lots of love to our supporters and donors–thank you for caring and giving to this worthy cause. We want you to know that we feel the love as well. We are so blessed and look forward to another outstanding month here!

We had a blast in January, getting back to our regular schedule and getting to spend some time at Tokay to work on our fitness goals for 2017. We had a wonderful time at the “Art in Touch” show put on by Donavan Ross, for his senior project on Jan. 21st. He is a Massey Hill High School student. Thank you! We also want to thank the Duplin Winery for being a fantastic host for our outing on Jan 31. Our adults thoroughly enjoyed the tour and tasting. We appreciate their friendly and knowledgeable staff as well.

Spotlight on Cumberland Community Foundation (CCF): 

CCF helps people to support causes they care about most. We wish to thank all the Advised Fund donors and contributors to our endowments.

Advised Fund Donors:
Ramon Yarborough
Virginia Yarborough
Ashton Fox

Our endowments include:
Paid it Forward Endowment for Vision Impaired Youth to endow support for summer camp, started from an anonymous donor;
Katherine West Williams Endowment created in loving memory of Katherine West Williams
Friends of the Vision Resource Center Endowment to support the mission of the VRC

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The Vision Resource Center was a recipient of the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation of $10,000 to help fund our Health and Wellness program.

CCF receives gifts of all sizes from people from all walks of life. They invest the gifts received to grow organizations such as us. CCF also gives back by working with nonprofit organizations through various programs to help us to thrive.

So consider giving to one of our endowments through CCF by
www.cumberlandcf.org/how-to-give/give-now-or-give-later/

What a great start to the year we’ve had!

SAVE THE DATE, our Second Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling Fundraising Event is happening on June 24th. “What’s a Wing Fling?” you may ask. The Wing Fling is a chicken wing cooking competition in a team format. This year it will be held at Festival Park. We’ll have food trucks, beverages, bands, a kids’ zone, a VIP tent, educational areas, and lots of fun and laughs! Even if you aren’t competing, this will be a family event that you won’t want to miss!

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We are looking for new sponsors and new faces to enhance the awareness of our organization so mark your calendars our 2017 Fundraisers

2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling on June 24th, 2017, Festival Park, 3 pm
2017 “Out of Sight” Dining, Nov. 10th 2017, Hellenic Center, 6:00 pm

Call us if you would like to be a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer on our committee, help us to make a difference in the lives of the visually impaired and blind.

Coming Up in February:

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

February 7: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. 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.

February 9: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball!goal ball vrc A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s’ goal. Our participants enjoy the competition. Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us. 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville

 

February 11: Little Mermaid at the Cape Fear Regional Theater. Our youth will attend this show; 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville. Call us if you’d like to join us: (910) 483-2719

February 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

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February 15: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

February 16: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.Tokay

February 21: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11:30 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

February 23: Family Meeting from 11 am to 1 pm. 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. Gilmore Center

Coming Up Soon:

intimate_logo_squareOn March 9th, we will be heading back to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel is a moving and intimate story that confronts race and religion. Please call the Center if you’d like to join us: (910) 483-2719

 

We’re going to be offering our wildly popular Independent Living Classes in the comfort of your homes. “Outside the VRC Walls” is a new series that we look forward to unveiling to you in March! Thanks again Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment and everyone that attended or donated gifts during our 2016 “Out of Sight” Dining

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

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VRC January 2017 Calendar and Events

 

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Happy New Year from all of us at the VRC! We are certain that 2017 is going to be another outstanding year of expanding our mission and reaching our vision for the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

We had a great December and particularly want to thank Mike’s Farm! We took both our youth and adults to a spectacular light show and dinner. They took special care of us, and we appreciated it. We also want to thank Grandson’s Restaurant in Hope Mills. We had a family Christmas party there and thoroughly enjoyed a lovely lunch with them. It would not have been made possible without an extra special Trust that gave us a nice Christmas gift.

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A Note from Our Executive Director: Terri Thomas

“We are so excited about 2017. We are starting a lending library thanks to a wonderful donor of audio books for our people. They can come in borrow an audiobook and return when complete. “Outside the VRC Walls” is being made possible with monies obtained by the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Our Center will go into the homes of those visually impaired and blind that need assistance navigating through with their level of blindness. Most have not been born blind, so to have a drastic change in vision, normal day-to-day things began to change for them. We will find out their goals and help them to achieve them. Many extra SPECIAL thanks to the endowment we were awarded $10,000 for our Health and Wellness Program for our adults.

More exercise, more overnight trips, technology and more learning coming our way in 2017. We thank all of our supporters for our continued growth..A huge thanks to Cape Fear Eye Associates for partnering with us for monthly maintenance payments on our Cape Fear Eye van.

A huge thanks to Cape Fear Eye Associates for partnering with us for monthly maintenance payments on our Cape Fear Eye van.

We also have some needs in 2017. You can help us by purchasing the following:

Audio Books
Crock pots
George Foreman grills
Electric skillets
Sponsor an adult or child for (1) month

You can also help by VOLUNTEERING with us for bowling, shopping, lunches, festivals, and concerts. Please call the Center for more information.

 

We are looking for new sponsors and new faces to enhance the awareness of our organization so mark your calendars for the:

2017 “Out of Sight” Dining, Nov. 10th 2017, Hellenic Center, 6:00 p.m
2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling on June 24th 2017.

See you out and about in 2017!
~Terri

Coming up in January:

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

January 10: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. 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.

January 10: Join us for our VRC Parent’s Open House from 4-7 pm at the Center. Learn more about our youth programming and meet our VRC staff. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.

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January 12: Gateway to Gold Experience. 9:30-12. Join us and the Paralympic Sport Club for a free morning of sitting volleyball, boccia, and wheelchair basketball. It’ll be a great time of fun and movement!

January 16: Closed for Martin Luther King Day

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

January 19: Family Meeting. 11-1. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting. Located at the VRC 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.

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

January 25: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.bowling vrc

January 31: Head out to Duplin Winery for a tasting from 12-2. Please let us know ahead of time if you’re coming so we can plan accordingly! (910) 483-2719

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SAVE THE DATES

Get ready 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Chicken Wing Fling, Chicken Wing Cookoff will be held June 24th at the Festival Park…Can’t you say EXCITED, get your cookers ready!!!!

2017 “Out of Sight” Dining, Nov. 10th 2017, Hellenic Center

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Cory Worrell has been a youth volunteer program manager for over 5 years. Cory plans exciting and stimulating trips for our blind or visually impaired youth ages 6-19. We also add youth volunteers, that graduated from the youth program to help out with our younger ones. Cory and her entire family are dedicated to our mission and give their all to ensure each activity affords our youth expressing their independence and creativity. The VRC appreciates all Cory does for our Center. We could not do it without her.
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