Snowed in? Bored? Well, then, read the new Gray Matters and plan a spring trip!

Yes that’s right, the Winter edition of our newsletter, Gray Matters, is now fresh in your mailbox. And not the mailbox you have to trudge through the snow to get to. Read all about plans for the upcoming 35th Anniversary Celebration, see what students, drivers and volunteers have been doing, and discover details for new travel plans.

Travel? Today? Absolutely not, but once you read about the spring trip you can get excited for travel the way it should be – enjoyable and preferably without icy roads.

Click here to read Gray Matters.  Click here to read the travel flyer. Click here to make the roads better (sorry, we wish there was link for that). Everyone stay safe and Shepherd yourselves accordingly.

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Correction to Open University Schedule

We would like to apologize for and correct the error in the credentials of our instructor, Rena Berlin. Ms. Berlin is a former Fairfax County teacher and retired director of education at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. We hope you can join us for her class, The Darkest Moment: The Holocaust, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church. To view the full Open University schedule, please click here.

 

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The Winter Open University Schedule is now available!

Classes begin January 14th.  To view the schedule click here.  See you in class!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing You and Yours a

Very Happy Thanksgiving

 

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Vote Today!!

Today is the day!  Please cast your ballots.

It’s your duty as an American.  Thank you!

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Happy IVM Day!

International Volunteer Managers (IVM) Day is celebrated every year on 5 November and is a time to recognize and thank those who enhance and enable the spirit of volunteering. I want to thank our staff for all their wonderful work with our volunteers – you are awesome! And in honor of this day, I post below my personal mission statement written as a requirement for my Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA). 

Happy day to ALL Volunteer Engagement Professionals!!! – Julie

I truly found my calling when I embarked on a career in volunteer administration. I come from a mission minded family and my faith is the guiding force in my life. I believe that we are here to serve others whenever possible.

Volunteerism is at the heart of everything that is good in our world. Volunteers are driven by their moral values and compassion to make the world a better place. Volunteers transform the dynamics of the workplace.  They are not there to make money. They are there to make a difference and I want to be there to facilitate their efforts. It is my philosophy that they must be actively engaged. Volunteers need to feel that they are truly a part of an organization and its mission.  Being a volunteer myself, I honestly believe that I know what is needed to support and sustain a volunteer program.

I find that when the daily grind of the office gets me down, it is interacting with my volunteers that give me inspiration and a renewal of purpose that keeps me going.  I am a people person and am energized by working with these individuals I call angels on earth.  At the end of the day it is rewarding to know that I have been a part of bringing a change for good to my community and to humankind.

 

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Vote Tomorrow

Let’s hit the polls in mass! Please cast your vote

Tuesday, November 6th!

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Shop Amazon for TSCOR!

We just got a notice that through Nov 2nd (this Thursday!), AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond when you shop using TSCOR’s LINK. So click the link and shop away!!

Thanks for your support – Julie

PS – Please don’t forget the annual appeal letter that arrived in your mailbox a couple of weeks ago. Your gifts mean so much to so many!

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Lunch Speaker Change for Monday, Nov. 5 at Open University

Randy and Barbara Fitzgerald present their funny and heartwarming talk, “Flights of Fancy:  Stories, Conversations and Life Travels” on Monday, Nov. 5, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway, at 12:30.  The Fitzgeralds will have copies of their book for sale following their talk.  Randy, a columnist for Boomer Magazine; former columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch; and former public relations director, University of Richmond; along with Barbara Fitzgerald, editor and co-writer, replace Rabbi Gary Creditor, who had a professional conflict, and will speak at a future date.

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