VOICE expands service to 16 counties
Posted by : September 11, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Reporter
KEMP–Viable Option In Community Endeavors (VOICE) director of marketing and development Gina Dieterichs spoke to Rotarians at their Sept. 6 meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
“We started out 25 years ago as an aftershool program in eight counties. Today, we have expanded to cover drug prevention, spring training and community projects in 16 counties,” Dieterichs said.
VOICE’s mission is to empower children and families to lead healthy and productive lives by promoting success in education, nurturing wellness in mind and body, and developing skills for tomorrow’s global leaders.
The organization was recently awarded a one year contract renewable for four years from the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide presentation programs that will benefit children and families.
“Schools in rural areas tend to be forgotten so we target many smaller cities that are located in-between larger cities,” Dieterichs said.
In 2012, VOICE made more than 1,200 presentations to more than 50,000 children, teaching classes focused on healthy eating, leadership skills, dangers of underage drinking, and tobacco use.
VOICE partners with many local organizations including the Athens and Cedar Creek Lake Area Chambers of Commerce, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City, The Library at Cedar Creek Lake and participates in many events including Red Ribbon Week, Walk Like MADD, the City of Tool Festival and many local school events.
“We strive to compliment the current school programs, not change their methods or teaching style,” Dieterichs said.
“And during Spring Training, which runs the same week as public schools spring break, we offer only 100 percent juices or water.”
VOICE has 35 employees however the organization is primarily run by donations and volunteers.
For more information, call (903) 872-0180 or go to www.voiceinc.org.
In other news, Rotarians:
• donated $250 to the Kaufman County CrimeStoppers anonymous tip program.
• heard Kings Creek Golf Course owner Glenda Holbrook speak during the business spotlight segment.
Holbrook said the public country club offers golf seven days a week from 7 a.m. until dark, several tournaments throughout the year and Steak Night every Thursday. The meal is $13 per person and includes a 13 to 16 ounce steak and loaded baked potato.
The club also features a bar and Rotarians may play golf for $10 every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.