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Featured Volunteer of the Month: David Easler

Featured Volunteer of the Month: David Easler We are the product of our environment… While going through a journey of refriending his body, mind, and soul, Mr. David Easler stumbled into Our Community Place. The look on his face when he saw...

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Building Social Capital through OCP

Building Social Capital through OCP One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Henri Nouwen. He said: “A community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.” We go through our daily routines feeling...

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Featured Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Brumfield

Featured Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Brumfield “Those who follow Tao know hunger and scarcity. When times are difficult, they know how to survive.”  -Deng Ming-Dao. Before diving into what led our featured volunteer to Our Community Place,...

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We All Have a Place at the Table

We All Have a Place at the Table As the new Kitchen Coordinator at OCP, I of course want to talk about food and its role in our beloved community center. At the most basic level, sharing food is a primal way of demonstrating care. I believe...

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Featured Volunteer of the Month: Melissa Howard

Featured Volunteer of the Month: Melissa Howard "When a person is enlightened his or her words become like seeds, full of life and energy. And they can remain in seed form for centuries until they are sown in a receptive, fertile heart." – Anthony De Mello Most of us...

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Redemption

Redemption The day misspent, the love misplaced, has inside it the seed of redemption. Nothing is exempt from resurrection. -Kay Ryan, poet To be human is to embrace memory, or to grasp recollection the way a child squeezes a rubber ball in his tiny, clenched fist....

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On Top of the World

On Top of the World  On a clear, sunny day in May, the staff and 20+ community members took a field trip to Reddish Knob and later a picnic at Hone Quarry. If you are local, you know that Reddish Knob is one of the highest points in Virginia, rising 4,397 feet on the...

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Featured Volunteer of the Month: John Revercomb

Featured Volunteer of the Month: John Revercomb “Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that...

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Why Staff Salaries are Not Overhead

 Not long ago the nonprofit information service, Guidestar, along with two other prominent competitors, published an open letter titled “The Overhead Myth.” The letter sought to dispel a common perception among funders that money spent on “overhead” is inherently...

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Featured Volunteer of the Month: Troy Huskins

To cope with the turmoil and bumps in the road that we go through on a daily basis, it is helpful to remain diligent and develop a way to positively welcome what life puts in our path. Only this way can we go about our day with peace, joy and serenity. It took more...

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