Leland, NC, Septemeber 3, 2019 – Towncreek Vision Corporation’s (TVC) Board of Directors announces its new Executive Director. After an extensive and rigorous search led by the Board of Directors, we are proud to announce that Sandra Brooks has accepted the position of executive director. Mrs. Brooks reveal a visionary, yet humble leader with a resolute commitment to self-determination and community-led social transformation. We are confident that Mrs. Brooks’ talents, gifts, leadership skills, and experience as our Executive Director will continue the organization’s success and give shape to TVC’ s vision for the generations to come.
Mrs. Brooks is eager in developing new partnerships, programs, and services and continue TVC existing programming. Since August 15th, Mrs. Brooks has familiarized herself of existing TVC programs such as our Food Pantry that’s open each Thursday from 10 AM to Noon and accepting vendors for our upcoming Fall Festival and Towncreek Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Event that is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Towncreek Community Garden is an all-volunteer, active working community garden established to provide a regional source of organically grown vegetables and flowers, educate the public about the benefits of gardening and support individuals committed to cultivating land in a municipal setting by encourage gardeners to establish relationships with community groups by sharing their garden produce, support community involvement and demonstrate their garden enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment with others. Garden plots are available for rental now.
We are grateful to our partners, staff, board, and key funders who were a crucial part of our decision-making, and to the entire Towncreek Vision Corporation community for your encouragement and support through this process.
This leadership transition is just another milestone in a proud organizational history characterized by continual learning, growing, and reflection. It was our first action in the Board’s strategic plan to meet their high-level objectives and action steps to collaborate with local agencies and organizations to improve family support; promote on-going educational opportunities for the youth and adults; ensure and secure a safe environment for all residence, and improve and strengthen the organization’s capacity. We are confident that Mrs. Brooks will lead us into a new era of exchanging grassroots brilliance and building ever more equitable and powerful partnerships with visionary leaders and organizations.
For additional information, inquiries about how to get involved and donate; visit our website; www.towncreekvision.com, follow us on FaceBook at Facebook.com/TownCreekVisionCorporation, email; DirectorofTVC@gmail.com or call (910) 253-7775.
The turning point that prompted me to action was a seemingly small denial of resources. In 1991 the churches in our area decided to form a softball league. During that time the only softball fields available for use were the ones located within the county parks. There was a park about two miles from our community that we assumed we could use. However, when we requested to use this facility for our league we were refused. Although this didn’t stop the softball league from playing and practicing, it forced us to go about ten miles outside of our community to Wilmington to use their fields for our practices and games.
Deeply disturbed, I began speaking with other members within the community about the situation. Having served as County Commissioner, I was no stranger to public service and was asked to take the lead on the project. My initial response was to refuse. However, after much prayer, encouragement and assurances of support from community members, I decided to embrace the challenge and have never looked back.
Having served as President for the past 25 years I am proud of our accomplishments. We’ve been able to build that softball field to serve our community and also a community center for events. Our list of accomplishments also include opening a Food Bank, providing job training and a summer youth food program.
Although our accomplishments often times looked easy, each and every one of them presented its own set of challenges. As with many non-profits, the primary challenge is always funding. We’ve been serving our community for many years using very limited budget and a dedicated staff of volunteers. However, change is not only inevitable but necessary to moving our organization in a new more sustainable direction.
We look forward to bringing you along on this brand new journey towards providing even more programs to the Towncreek Community that will allow us to exceed our greatest expectations of service. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to future partnership opportunities.
Willie E. Sloan