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WCC Rotaract Members Visit Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center


Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College-Dothan Rotaract student members spent a recent Friday in a different classroom. This one was the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center in Dothan, and their lesson was one of service and the need to have a purpose.

Rotaract is an organization for young adults ages 18-30 who are interested in service projects, networking, professional development, and civic responsibility. Many Rotaract members join Rotary to continue their commitment to community service.  WCC’s Rotaract group currently has 15 members. The visit to WRC was part of their learning process to become involved in community services that may be new to them.

WRC’s mission is to give their consumers a level of independence and training that enables them to meet attainable goals. The Center has many divisions which offer on-site or in the community employment. Consumers are given job skills training, including soft skills such as filling out resumes and business expectations.

Paul Lee, WRC executive director, said the WRC works diligently to give competitive, quality service that also gives their consumers a living wage. “We try to find employment for as many people as we, but we have to bid for contracts like everyone else,” he said. WRC consumers fill jobs in lawn care, food preparation industry, packing fire hoses, and recycling, among others.

The Rotaract students visited several areas during their tour, where workers explained the processes required of their specific jobs. Workers can be assigned to divisions such as onsite Assured Data Destruction, which is a strictly controlled environment for document destruction, or the WRC Laundry & Linen Services, which is a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the art facility. All WRC consumers are trained to handle the equipment and tasks required of their jobs.

"Touring the WRC facilities gives us a better understanding of the significant role the Rotary Club plays in the community and, on a personal level, just how passionate and committed we all should be to our mission of Service Above Self," said Chris Anderson, Rotaract president.

Perhaps the most important lesson they learned was that having self-reliance gives purpose to life. “Their (the consumers’) paycheck means a lot to them,” said Cynthia Green, WRC director of development. “What a difference a job makes to someone.” Green conducted the tour for the Rotaract members. She also gave the students lasting advice: “Continue to give back because someone gave to you.” 

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