The lazy days of summer don’t exist here at the Vision Resource Center! In fact, it’s one of our busiest times. Not only did we take an outstanding trip to Washington, D.C. mid-June, but we also added 5 new members to serve just in June alone. Things here have been rocking, and we have all of our supporters and hardworking volunteers to thank for this!
Speaking of Thank you’s….
We want to send a hearty thank you to The Cumberland County Commissioners for allowing us to receive money in the 2016-2017 budget as a nonprofit that serves health and human services. We truly value being able to grow and assist even more of the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County in a variety of creative ways, and your support enables us to do just this.
Thank you also to the Arts Council for helping to fund our EPIC Washington, D.C. trip on June 22-23. This was the first time we had taken our group on a trip like this, and it was an absolutely enriching experience for all involved. We also can not thank our volunteers that traveled with us and helped on the trip enough. We have a special shout out from all who attended to DJ Shaymix Entertainment for the great music and laughs on the bus. We had so much fun with you!
Lastly, we want to thank United Way for continually supporting our programs and development of those that we serve. We could not do any of the good we do without you.
Summer Camp is COMING…. we need youth mentors (volunteers) starting at age 14 and campers ages 6-19. Dates: August 1-August 12th Out of Sight Camp Explosion.. Guaranteed to have a ball…
Welcome to our new Office Manager, Alix Worrell!
Alix has already settled in and is doing so much to help us stay organized as well as helping with our programming. We are so happy she is here and look forward to great things. We thank her for her heart for the people that we serve and for volunteering with us as well! If you need assistance in any way, call her at the office at (910) 483-2719 as well as to RSVP for events.
A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:
The DC trip was AWESOME; we had (24) visually impaired participants and (10) volunteers attend. We visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Smithsonian, American History Museum, Changing of the Guard in the Arlington Cemetery, etc. All the places you go to see while in DC, however, this time for me was different. I got a chance to witness how people with little or no vision experience history. It was soul moving to watch the tears as the veterans walked up to the Lincoln Memorial and listened to the clatter of the shoes, movement of the rifles and sound of TAPS during the changing of the guard. The touching of the quotes at the MLK Memorial while reading aloud. The laughter. Many admitted they didn’t want to come because they couldn’t see, but I promised them the tours would take them into consideration. They admitted on the way home; they are so glad they came. The trip reminded me of why I am in my position and thankful that I help to make a difference, making the world better for someone else. AMAZING (sums it up in one word). The VRC again thanks our County Commissioners; we had (25) of our participants to come out and support Alvin Ricks as she spoke to the Commissioners during the budget meeting as to why to fund us and we took (35) down to thanks the Commissioners after their decision. The county’s support is so important to our organization it will help us in reaching more of our visually impaired in our community. Our group knows the importance of gratitude and appreciation. We THANK all our supporters and volunteers; we COULD NOT do it without them. Happy July!
Coming Up in July:
July 5: 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.
July 7: Join us for a trip to not one but TWO Farmers’ Markets! We will head out from VRC at 10 am and enjoy lunch along the way. Come enjoy picking out produce and talking to the friendly staff at both Rielly Road Farmers’ Market (445 N Reilly Road, Fayetteville) and at T&T Farmers’ Market (3755 Cumberland Road, Fayetteville). Lunch at Fayettegrill (4582 Cumberland Road, #114, Fayetteville).
July 12: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
July 14 : Family Meeting from 11 am to 12:45 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.
July 17: Surfing Trip! 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. All youth may join us for a special surfing trip provided by Ocean Cure Foundation at Carolina Beach, NC. Check out their website at www.ocean-cure.org Breakfast will be provided, and bring lunch money. RSVP at (910)483-2719. Spaces are limited!
July 19: 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.
July 20: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.
July 26: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am Time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.
July 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am We get the opportunity to go to Tokay and spend time at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.
All VRC Youth: Make plans for August 15th to join us at a special YOUTH SUMMER EVENT! Saturday, from 11-3pm at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill, NC. We will take a private boat tour on a pontoon boat and arrive at a private island where the youth will learn how to paddle board and will then have a BBQ. Only 14 can attend due to the boat space, so reserve your spot now! Call (910)483-2719 to attend.
Also make sure to plan for our Paralympic Training coming up on August 23rd! More details coming soon!
VRC Spotlight: Johnnye Merkerson
Johnnye has a ZEST for life. She attends most all activities at the VRC. During the trip back from D.C. she gave a little speech, here were a few of her best words…. ” I so appreciate the volunteers and the members of the families that came to help us, it is so hard to find good volunteers and each of you treated us as if we were your family, and it means so much.” ~Johnnye Merkerson.
Always helping others that are less sighted than she. She is an AMAZING woman and the Center loves all the energy that she brings.
Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.
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