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The Vineyard Community Center (VCC)provides one of the broadest arrays of educational, recreational and social services of any organization in central Ohio. VCC operates in an ethnically diverse area of Northeast Columbus, and also operates feeding programs and a health clinic in a low income area on East Fifth Avenue near the Weinland park area of Columbus. The quality of VCC's programs recently received a significant national recognition. Kevin Brown, Director of the Zone Afterschool and Summer program, received the 2009 National Jefferson Community Service award. More than 8,000 people each month are served with programs including an early childhood center, summer and afterschool educational program, free health, medical and legal clinics,sports and recreation programs for youth, and an array of classes and volunteer programs including arts, music, GED and English as a Second Language. VCC operates in a very cost - effective manner, with about 85% of income expended on program services, and relatively small administrative overhead. VCC leverages the services of a dedicate corps of more than 800 volunteers.

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