VRC Newsletter and Calendar: Fresh as the month of May!

Here at the VRC, we’re feeling as fresh as the month of May!

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We want to start off with a huge thanks to Piedmont Natural Gas, PWC, and Wells Fargo for making our United Way Days of Caring such a mammoth success! We shopped at Freedom Parkway and had an outstanding social outing today on May 10th. Thanks to all who contributed and supported. It was a wonderful day!

We’ve added Zumba to our calendar! Every Thursday at 10 am we will dance our way to better health and hopefully have as much fun as possible along the way. We also added Tai Chi to our program, for mind, body, and soul, thanks to Cumberland Community Foundation and Elizabeth Hudspeth. We keep our numbers down to six per class so that our participants can get the best experience. If you’d like to sign up to help out, call the center at (910) 483-2719 to get added this program.

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AMC Fayetteville14, Manager Allen Whorter makes sure our blind and visually impaired have the adaptive technologies to enjoy a great movie. Tuesdays we get discounts on the movie and the snacks. The VRC love AMC Patriot!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 3rd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling happening August 25th from 3-8 pm at Festival Park in Fayetteville!!!!

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Be a part of our 3rd Annual Vision Resource Center (VRC) Chicken Wing Cook-Off! What is a Wing Fling, you may ask? For Ten Contestants, it’s a chance to show off their expert chicken wing cooking skills to win the Judges Choice $500.00, or the People’s Choice $500.00 prizes (chicken wings provided by Mountaire Farms, our premier sponsor for the event). Proceeds to benefit providing more independent living skills and holistic programming for blind and visually impaired people here in Cumberland County.

How you can be a part of this cool event:

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Competitors $75.00/ team four people per team
Vendors-Food Trucks $100.00

Save the Date: Summer Youth Camp is Coming!

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The VRC could use your help. We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. 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: http://www.visionresourcecentercc.org/you-can-help.

A Note From Our Executive Director
terri“Giving…Such a remarkable thing to do. The VRC is hugely excited about being a part of the Plastic Bags Sleeping Mats Humanitarian Program to help the homeless. I thought there would be maybe 10-15 would be ready for this type of project, but how about we have over 35 people going to Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Center on May 22nd and 29th to prep plastic bags for this effort?! Anne Evanco is doing a great job at the Center and thought it would be a good fit for us. Putting out good in the atmosphere can only provide good coming back to you. Our family has lost some or all of one sense, but the feel of touch and a little bit of love will make someone that does not have a home so happy.

More good stuff is happening this month and one example is signing up our family for a Scriptalk machine. What, may you ask, is that? It is a machine that reads your medication labels out to you, so that you know what, when, how much to take of your prescription. The device is at zero cost to the participant. Your pharmacy has to be a partner. If you know of anyone that has low vision or blind and needs this machine, please contact the office. It is very rare to find equipment at no cost for this demographic. Many devices range from $50-($10,000.00 for E-Sight glasses). Such an excellent program, to help keep the blind independent.

Help us in the celebration of 80 years of service to the blind and visually impaired in our community. More great things to come!! Keep watching!

Until next time,
~Terri”                       #80years #helpingtheblind #celebratewithus #blessed

Coming Up in May:

May 1: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 2: Early Voting

May 3: Time for Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our first Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 4: Cypress Bend Winery 6-9 pm

May 8: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 9: Bowling 10 am: Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

May 10: United Way Days of Caring: Freedom Parkway Shopping Center

May 14: Pavers Unlimited to attend the City Council Meeting. 6 pm.

May 15: Movie TBD. AMC Market Fair 15 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. 1916 Skibo Road, Fay. NC

May 16: Dollar Store and Lunch: 10 am

May 17: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our first Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 22: Pavers Unlimited Homeless Project 10-12, Hope Mills Recreation Center
Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 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: 2886 Owen Drive, Fay

May 24: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our second Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 29: Pavers Unlimited Homeless Project 10-12, Hope Mills Recreation Center

May 30: Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Lunch: 11:30 am and Crowns 11:30 am $15 per person

May 31: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our second Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

Coming Up:
Wing Fling: Save the Date: August 25, Festival Park 3-8:00 p.m.

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Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: July 29- August 4th
Summer Camp for the Youth: August 6- August 17

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

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