Happy New Year from all of us at the VRC!
2018 brings 12 new months and 365 days of opportunity. We’re completely honored to be here in this new year, serving the blind and visually-impaired of our area. Our mission and vision are simple, enhancing the lives of adults and children living in the Cape Fear Region who are blind or visually impaired. Our vision is to provide opportunities and resources to improve the quality of life of adults and children in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired. As we reflect on 2017, the VRC is listening to people that we serve; we’re kicking off 2018 with some new focuses: socialization and education. Stay tuned!
The VRC needs YOU!
Please consider volunteering with us. We need YOU on our team. It’s fun, comfortable, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired via activity or in the office. A few of our volunteer opportunities include: bowling, help a blind person on our field trips (only assist if they need you), help in the office (answering phones, and filing), and many more. Please call and we will happily get your started. (910) 483-2719
Audio Describer Training
Would you like to learn more about the Audio Description Process and how it serves people who are blind and low vision? Would you like to begin the process of becoming an Audio Describer? Would you like to understand what it would take to bring Audio Description services to your organization or community? Join the Arts Access Audio Description Workshop on Jan. 19th and 20th! Check out this link for more details and to register: Arts Access
A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas
Cumberland Community Foundation is such a vital part of our organization with funds coming from Virginia Yarborough Advised Fund, Elizabeth Hudspeth Endowment, Ellenor T. Barker Advised Fund, Ashton Fox Advised Fund, Virginia and Tom Colantuono Advised Fund, and the Dick Fox Advised Fund to help start our year of renewed experiences. We thank each of these funds and plan to continue and expand our works with the blind utilizing their gifts. We also appreciate all our generous contributions from every one of our blessings. We could not do it without you. You are all a part of our life-transforming work.
What will 2018 bring…? Our blind have spoken, and the VRC listens. Our VRC family want to travel and shop more, test out the dating scene, and let Fayetteville/Cumberland County know their needs and that they are here. I have been with the VRC for seven years, and what I now know for sure is that the blind want to experience all that the sighted experience. It will be a different experience, but an experience all the same. Blindness does not make you stop living! It is time for the VRC to take it up a notch. January 15th, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, our NO LIMIT VRC Advocacy Group will have our first meeting to discuss what their needs are and the most efficient way of getting those needs met.
Funding will help to keep those buses running the over 22,000 miles we put on our buses yearly to keep our blind active. Funding will support those blind that are in subsidized housing pass cleaning inspections (who live in fear of becoming homeless). Funding will help those blind that need help in administering medication and navigating their homes. Funding will help make a blind man’s dream come true of playing the guitar. Funding will support those blind with utilizing the various equipment and apps on a variety of technologies to assist them in their sightless journeys. Funding will help us to continue a variety of cultural experiences we provide on a weekly basis. It takes $150.00 a day to move those buses, and your gifts mean a lot. Blindness doesn’t go away, so the VRC just wants to make life a little better for those that don’t have sight. We appreciate all those that believe in our mission its growth and its future.
We will keep you posted on all the great things we do this year. If 2018 is your year to make a difference, the VRC is waiting for you.
Much love and blessings,
Coming Up in January
Jan. 3: Bowling: 10:00-12:00 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.
Jan. 4: 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
Jan. 9: 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. A Bad Mom’s Christmas 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: 11-1. Lunch and Learn: ScripTalk Station. Eat lunch with us and learn about this great program for helping with prescriptions. ScripTalk Station provides those who cannot read the information on their prescriptions a safe and easy way to manage their personal healthcare. Simply press a button and place the special Talking Label over the reader. A pleasant natural sounding voice speaks all the information printed on the label. Meeting at 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 15: “No Limits” Advocacy Group Meeting 11-1p.m.. Terri Thomas’s house. We are creating a new group to advocate for the blind and visually-impaired of our region. Join us and make a difference in our community! Monthly meetings coming.
Jan. 16: 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
Jan. 17: Shopping at Five and Below 10-1p.m. Join us as we take a shopping trip to this new store in Fayetteville. Everything is $5 or less! 2710 Freedom Parkway Dr, Fayetteville
Jan. 19: Cypress Bend Winery Outing: Wagram, NC, 5-ll pm.
Jan. 23: 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
Jan. 24: Family Meeting. 11-1. Learn about Non-24 Circadian Rhythm Disorder. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC
Jan. 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
Feb. Youth Lock-In at the VRC
Feb. 10: Dinner and Jazz Romance. Willie Bradley, trumpeter, Feb. 10 Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church: “Valentine’s Dinner, Jazz & Romance” featuring International Contemporary Jazz Recording Artist Willie Bradley & Friends featuring Phenomenal vocalist and National Recording Artist Anissa Hargrove. A full course buffet dinner and dessert will be served at 6:30pm. There will be a variety of foods to choose from. Willie Bradley & Friends will take the stage at 8:00pm-9:30pm and a dance will conclude the evening with DJ UB Brown from 106.9 FM. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Vision Resource Center in Fayetteville, NC.
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The Barn Dinner Theatre: Fences
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