What a great beginning to fall we have had and hope you have too! Last month we began our Independent Living Skills Workshops, and they have proven to be a huge success. In fact, we are planning two more for the month of October focusing this time on crockpot cooking. We also had an amazing experience at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet production. Much thanks to Arts Access and Cape Fear Regional Theatre for allowing us to use their assistive technology to better experience the performance. We also had a great time at Patriot Theatres watching “Sully” with their assistive technology equipment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the message!
We have so many activities and educational opportunities planned for October, so please read on below to learn about all that will be going on to assist our blind and visually impaired.
But first, a note from our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:
Welcome, Fall!!! October is Blindness Awareness Month. During this month think about how you would adapt if you were blind. Take about 3 minutes to think about it. Most people are not born blind. 80% of our Center members have had sight and lost it due to genetics, stroke, brain trauma, car accidents, diabetes, etc. It could happen to any of us. Blindness Awareness Month was designed to help people to understand the realities of living without sight. Think about dressing daily, going to a restaurant, shopping, brushing your teeth, cooking, etc. The things we just automatically do with no thought. The people we serve don’t think about it–they live it. Come out and volunteer with us. Make a difference in the life of someone who is visually impaired or blind. We NEED you!!
We have had some AMAZING things happen this month. A new endowment, “The Pay it Forward Endowment for Vision Impaired Youth” of $10,000.00 was started by an anonymous donor. Endowments are GREAT. It means depending on the stock market every year, we get the interest from the gift annually. No applications, no presentations, just an annual gift. Please give to either of our endowments to ensure the VRC continues to be a blessing to the blind and visually impaired in our community. Our other endowment is “The Friends of the VRC”. Consider your gift of any amount.
Thanks again to Communicare and Cumberland County for allowing us to use their meeting room for our September events. We also want to highlight that Cumberland Community Foundation afforded us the amazing opportunity to provide Independent Living courses for our blind and visually impaired. This allows them to develop skills that allow for independence. They are And remember, our “Out of Sight” Dining Tickets are on sale Tuesday, November 1st. Come out and experience this “Eye” opening event. It’s the same great event, different venue, and different date, BUT guaranteed a GREAT time and benefitting a WORTHWHILE cause! Musical artists, Soul Decree; Event Artist, Jamie Peterson out of Washington DC (the finished artwork will be a part of our live auction)thepaintedlensdc.com; Christopher Duffley, 15-year-old blind singer and motivational speaker from New Hampshire will be there to inspire us all www.christopherduffley.com; and we have an AWESOME Host for the evening… Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg of WFCN. Join us!!!
Until next time,
New Additions to Our Services:
We have an excellent new service coming! Bee’s Mobile Barbering Service will be helping us starting this month. Mobile Barber Bernard Webb will be offering haircuts at an affordable rate of $10 per cut. And he will come to you! Please call the office for more details and to schedule.
We are also pleased to announce that we have a new
referral source for home help. We want to welcome Alice Shultz as a referral source to VRC. This will allow our blind and visually impaired to get the assistance they need in their day-to-day lives in their home. Please call the Center with questions.
And we welcome our new driver, Debra Hunt; she comes to us with lots of experience and many ideas. Our adults love her already !!!!
Calendar and Events:
Oct. 7: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 10:30- 2:30 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs.This time, we will focus on crockpot cooking. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!
Oct. 8: WIDU Anniversary. This all day event will be at the Crown Coliseum and will be full of Gospel music. Tickets are free–the only cost is transportation. Please let us know if you want to attend.
Oct. 11: 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.
Oct. 12: Farmers’ Market and lunch: 10- 1 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 featuring MasterChef winner and blind chef, Christine Ha. This free program will involve cooking demos, food samples, and door prizes. Please let us know if you would like to attend!
Oct. 13: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! 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. Come out and volunteer with us! 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville
Oct. 17-19: VIP Fishing Tournament, Outer Banks, NC courtesy of the Lions Club. This includes a three-night stay, six meals, fishing and educational workshops. First come, first serve! Call the center to sign up!
Oct. 18: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
Oct. 19: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.
Oct. 21: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 10:30- 2:30 pm. Another opportunity this month to participate in a special time of learning with Amber. We will be going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs.This time, we will focus on crockpot cooking. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!
Oct. 25: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
Oct. 27: Family Meeting: 11-1. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting at the Gilmore Center from 11 am to 1 pm.
Oct. 29: Join us for an outing to the Hubb’s Corn Maze in Clinton! We will leave the Center at 4:00.m. and return to Fayetteville at 8:30 p.m. after the Campfire and Smores.
SAVE THE DATE!
One of our biggest fundraising events of the year the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dining will be held on Friday, November 11th, Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Ave. 6:00-10:00p.m. ! Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC. Tickets available starting November 1st. Please call the office for more details! Thanks to our Sponsors: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Systel, Business Equipment, and The Fayetteville Observer, our Gold Sponsors for the event.
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