One of the things VMCs and RCs have in common is that we both work behind the scenes. The VMCs spend their service year developing strong volunteer programs and ensuring that the necessary foundation is built to ensure sustainability for the organization. As RCs, we offer the VMCs peer-to-peer support by attending events, answering questions, providing them with pertinent resources and fostering a sense of regional identity through regional meetings, social events and service projects.
I am in the process of planning a service project for my region, “Team Awesome”. It has been a goal of mine to get my region together to do some direct service since the beginning of the service year. We had originally settled on a date in mid-December, volunteering with one of my VMCs’ sites, The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. However, a rather intense snowstorm brought a quick end to those plans.
We have since decided to re-schedule our service project for next Thursday, May 6, 2010. We will be serving Tacos for lunch to approximately 50-80 men. Seeing as though both the VMC and RC position fall within the indirect service category, I am excited for us all to get together to do some volunteering. I believe there is something truly special about direct service as it opens our eyes to the realities that we sometimes choose to ignore or maybe simply are too busy to honestly recognize. On a more positive note it allows us to more personally connect with the population we are serving. I also believe that volunteering as a team or group is a very unique experience but that may just be my NCCC bias surfacing.
A BIG thank you goes out to Kimberly! She will be joining us and documenting the experience on video! Hopefully, we’ll have some good footage to share with all of you in the coming months!