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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

 

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

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

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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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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VRC December 2016 Newsletter and Calendar

 

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2016 Out of Sight Dining on November 11th at the Hellenic Center

 

First, last month absolutely rocked!

Our 2016 Out of Sight Dining was a huge success, and we raised $27,570.00! This was made possible by our outstanding sponsors and the great people of our community who bought tickets to the event.

Thanks once again to:

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel Business Equipment, The Fayetteville Observer, Ramon and Virginia Yarborough

Silver: MiCasitas, Charles and Judy Luther, NFB Cumberland County Chapter, Array Magazine and Dr. Patrick and Carrie Callahan

Bronze: Brady and Julie Rufanact, Better Vision, Up and Coming Magazine

Super Supporters: W. Lyndo Tippett, Risk Optometric, Carolyn Armstrong, Dr. Mark and Sharon Kendrick, Western Harnett Lions Club, William and Ruth Altman, A+ Consulting, Carolina Vision, Rick and Carol Foster

Special thanks to our Out of Sight Dining Committee, Patty Nusbaum, Steve Goodson, Dina Goodson, Jacqueline Smith and Cara Spencer… AWESOME job!!! Extra special thanks to the Evrytanian Association for hosting a “top notch” event.

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.

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If you’re sitting there reading this and are flabbergasted that it’s already December and the year is almost over, then you are in the same boat as all of us at the VRC! Maybe it’s because so much good has happened this year and we’ve been so busy with activities here, but regardless, we’re excited to be at this point and to be able to share with all of you how 2016 went!

November was an exciting and busy month! We want to thank the Western Harnett Lions Club for sponsoring our Aloha Zoo field trip and the employees for taking such good care of us while we were there. We learned a lot! Our Independent Living Workshops have been creating a lot of buzz for our blind and visually impaired. Last month they were able to learn how to use Amazon Echo Dots to their advantage and have found many uses for these great tools in their everyday lives. Thank you once again to Walker-Florez Consulting Group and Chive Charities for their assistance in purchasing the Amazon Dots!

Special thanks to Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation we were awarded $10,000 for our blind and vision impaired programming. We are so thankful for the award. With this funding it will aid in the skills our visually impaired and blind so desperately need.

A Note From Our Executive Director:Terri Thomas

2016… Where did it go??? We have been sooo busy and it is all THANKS to all our supporters, funders, and friends.
This year, we were able to:

 

*Attend the Barn Dinner Theatre for dinner and a play
*Visit Washington, DC (our first overnight trip)
*Visit Mike’s Farm for Christmas for our adults and kids for a spectacular light show and dinner
*Attend the Cape Fear River Tour with Freddie Mims
*Provide assistance (shopping, mail read, completion of paperwork etc.) for our homebound visually impaired and blind.
*Summer Camp for our Kids (Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Ellington White Visual Arts, Camp Rockfish and Lake Jordan boat tour)
*Chef Bill taught our youth how to prepare and display a wonderful meal
*Had opportunities for Bowling, Surfing, Horseback Riding, Hubbs Corn Maze, and Adaptive Movies.
*We also started our Independent Living Skills classes: Electric Skillet (Grilled Cheese Sandwiches); Crock Pot (White Chicken Chili), and Orientation Mobility and Training on the Amazon Dot.

We could not have done it without all our funders and supporters. It means so much to provide our blind and visually impaired with these programs.

Please think about us as a year-end contribution; no gift is too small !!!

See you in 2017!

~Terri

Coming up in December:

December 6: Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory Tour. 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Join us as we head to Bear Creek and tour the famous Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory. Call to sign up! (910) 483-2719

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December 7: 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.

December 8: Dollar Store and Lunch at Panera Bread: 10 am to 2:00 pm. panera-2Panera will be donating to the National Federation of the Blind Cumberland County Chapter when we go. Let a portion of the proceeds of your lunch that day go to a good cause!

December 13: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6:00 pm. Join us on a trip down to Beulaville as we enjoy a magic and dinner show!December 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.

December 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.

December 15: Family Meeting and Holiday Party: Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting. This month it will also be a time to celebrate together for the holidays so we will hold it at Western Sizzlin. 7735 S Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304

December 16: Mike’s Farm: Magic of Christmas Show: 6 pm. We will head back for a night of magic and an entertaining dinner–this time with our youth!

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December 19-January 1: VRC is closed for the Holiday Season.

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Coming Up in 2017:

We have so much coming up to look forward to:

*More independent living skills classes, trips, and fun, so stay tuned!! Like us on FB and volunteer.
*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!!

VRC Spotlight: Office Manager Alix Worrell

14183831_1038821836237305_4327869836893135409_nAlix started with VRC June 6th, and is doing amazing things!! She has started a new member orientation class, as well as has instructed our Amazon Dot class and Crock Pot cooking class. Alix plays an intricate role in youth programming, and she was actually a volunteer for many years while in school. She is engaged to Cameron Strickland, and her wedding date is October 21, 2017. She loves Cameron, Starbucks coffee, Starbucks mugs, and her cat, Leo. She brings her energy and passion to help others to the Center, and we are glad to have her!

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER  (910) 483-2719.

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VRC November 2016 Calendar and Events

November is a HUGE month for us at VRC! Countdown to the Out of Sight Dining event is on, and we can’t wait to share a beautiful evening with all of you! We will experience fine dining blindfolded, have a silent auction, and welcome special guests, Christopher Duffey, a 15-year-old blind singer (whose video went viral and landed him an appearance on Good Morning America; the band Soul Decree, painting by Washington, DC artist, Jamie Peterson, hosting by Goldy from WFNC, and last but not least, enjoying  an evening all together with our wonderful supporters. We will also be celebrating 80 years of service here in Cumberland County on that evening while hosting our emergency responders from Hurricane Matthew.  We are so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. There is so much good to come!

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A Note from Executive Director, Terri Thomas: 

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“Thanks to our Sponsors for the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Event:

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel Business Equipment, The Fayetteville Observer, Ramon and Virginia Yarborough, Healy Wholesale Co.

Silver: MiCasitas, Charles and Judy Luther, NFB Cumberland County Chapter, Array Magazine and Dr. Patrick and Carrie Callahan, Walker-Florez Consulting Group

Bronze: Brady and Julie Rufanact, Better Vision, Up and Coming Magazine, SSC
Super Supporters: W. Lyndo Tippett, Risk Optometric, Carolyn Armstrong, Dr. Mark and Sharon Kendrick, Western Harnett Lions Club, William and Ruth Altman, A+ Consulting, Carolina Vision, Rick and Carol Foster

This also includes the great people of our community who purchased tickets for the event. We could not support the blind and visually impaired WITHOUT you; you are helping us to bring them the independent living skills they need… Just imagine how you would dress, eat, clean, get around town and your homes… That’s what we give them-the skills to do regular, everyday activities.

Our members thanked our faithful van driver James Johnson for his patience and awesome driving ability with a plaque and gift cards for he and his wife Leola to dine out and enjoy themselves. Leola is also visually impaired and would not join the Center because she thought only “old” people attended, but here she is five years later enjoying the benefits!!!

A huge thanks as well to all who reached out during Hurricane Matthew to help our blind and visually impaired. We are currently still collecting items at the Center to give to people in need including:  cleaning supplies, clothing, canned goods, hygiene products, and domestics (towels, sheets, quilts etc.) Our group wanted to give back to those in need during this time of so much devastation. United Way of Cumberland County has provided us with a Community Resource Directory and all items collected will go to whoever has the biggest need. We had two families affected by the storm, and we have been assisting them along the way. But there is still more we can do.

We also want to thank the National Federation for the Blind of Cumberland County for being the sponsor of (2) tables and an anonymous donor that sponsored (2) tables for our blind and visually impaired participants that come to the Center to attend the Out of Sight Dining. We were also blessed by the Walker-Florez Consulting Group and Chive Charities for their assistance in purchasing Amazon Dots for our Independent Living Skills Workshops. This will enable our blind and visually impaired to have all the benefits of the Amazon Echo at a fraction of the cost!

We are continually humbled and honored to serve in this capacity. Eighty years is a great number for our anniversary, but it’s only the beginning!

Until next time,

Terri”

 

Coming up in November:

Nov. 1: J.D. Fuller: 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville. 14641893_1079821082137380_2107413854318665098_n

Nov. 3: 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.

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

Nov. 10: 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.

Nov. 11: Out of Sight Dining Event. Fine blindfolded dining (not mandatory, but we hope you’ll give it a try!) 6:00- 10:00 pm. Wonderful food, a silent auction and a great semi-formal evening. Please join us! Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Road, Fayetteville.

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Nov. 15: Aloha Zoo Trip. 10- 2 pm. dscf0676 Meet at the Center and enjoy a great afternoon learning about the animals at this unique zoo. 159 Mini Lane, Cameron, 28326

Nov. 17: Family Meeting 11- 1 pm. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting at the Gilmore Center. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.

Nov. 18: Independent Living Skills Workshop with Amber. 9:30- 1:30 pm. We’ll be learning how to use the Amazon Dot technology. Please call the office to sign up–limited space available! (910) 476-6684

Nov. 22: 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. 24-25: Happy Thanksgiving! (Center is closed).

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Nov. 30: Farmers’ Market and cooking expo 9 am- 4 pm. Join us for an outing to Raleigh to check out the State Farmers’ Market. *We still need volunteers for this outing. Call us at the office to help! Then we will be attending a Special Cooking Program. This free program will involve cooking demos, food samples, and door prizes. Please let us know if you would like to attend!

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VRC Spotlight: James Johnson 14938119_10211257800147692_7092146179181716810_n

James Johnson has been with our Center for 6 years. He always arrives before time and handles our participants with patience and concern. We love James and could not have asked for a better van driver, helper, listener or friend. Thanks James for all your service to the VRC. And we also thank his wife Leola for allowing us to have him.

 

Hurricane Matthew gave us a lot to think about. Here’s a recent opinion piece VRC Executive Director, Terri Thomas wrote in response to the hardship the storm brought our community.

Help for Independent Seniors with Visual Disabilities in time of Emergency

By: Terri Thomas

How would you have responded in the midst of Hurricane Matthew if you received a call from an elderly and sight disabled woman that heard a tree come down on her home? Can you for a moment imagine how vulnerable it felt to her to be sight disabled and alone in that storm. Beyond that, she heard the tree but could do nothing. 911 was busy because of the many emergencies that day; she had no family members near. Thankfully, she called me. As I drove in my car with a friend to address the situation, it led me to think… “What would I have done in that situation? What happens to me when I get old? Disabled…?” Upon arrival, the caller had no idea the tree had chopped off the back part of her home or that water was coming inside.

What should the seniors that are at home and disabled do? Who do they call? Is the answer volunteer companions, dedicated senior help phone lines, senior registries, data banks, or cloud bank solutions? What can we do to ensure the elderly and sight-impaired are not forgotten? Before you think this is an isolated situation, realize that two-thirds of the legally blind population are seniors who lost vision as a result of age-related eye diseases. And it’s very real to those visually impaired that feel helpless in these moments. But does that mean they are helpless all the time? No!

The term vision loss refers to individuals who reported that they have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as refers to individuals who reported that they are blind or unable to see at all. The 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports there are 6.3 million American adults 65 and older experiencing a visual disability. There are 13,663 adults over 65 with a disability living in Cumberland County and the last statistics given to the NC Division of Blind Services 630 visually disabled adults in total residing in our county.

There needs to be a way to check on our elderly. At Vision Resource Center, we provide recreational, leisure and independent living skills activities for people with visual impairment. 60% of our demographic is 65 and older. After hours who or what do they have?

I responded to the call, and we moved furniture and unplugged all sources that could be potentially be affected by water or in the way of a ceiling that was going to cave in. We removed her from her home and got her to a safe place until her children could drive through the storm to get to her and check out the home.

What would or could have happened if I was unable to get to her? It doesn’t have to be a hurricane, just an emergency. Thanks to decades of advancements in medicine, humans have a longer life expectancy than ever before experiencing vision loss. Let’s think of a solution, and if you have ideas, please contact me so I can implement these in our programming. No one in our community should feel helpless. As we come together and continue to piece our communities back together, let us take the lessons we’ve learned and apply them to solutions for the future.

 

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.

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