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

2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th?!? Hosted by Mountainaire Farms, Array Magazine, and the VRC16729265_1200089533443867_2981011423763466922_n

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 

easterApril 16: Happy Easter!

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.

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