VSC Voice | July 2021
Meet Community Advocate Derrick Schmidt
When someone needs to spread the word about VSC, Derrick Schmidt hits the road. Derrick is currently focused on outreach to the Asian and AAPI communities to provide support as they cope with the increase of violence against the AAPI population. His efforts are part of VSC's Community Advocate Program that works to ensure that all communities in Montgomery County have access to VSC.

"My professional goal is to empower those whose birthplace is not the United States, but call our country home," he said. Prior to joining VSC, Derrick taught in China and earned an MA in international development from Brandeis. Derrick wears 3 hats for VSC: grant management specialist, client information support, and community advocate.

Outside of work, Derrick enjoys watching and playing soccer, hiking, traveling to PA Champion Tree locations, and finding tasty ways to enjoy vegetarianism.
 
Derrick Schmidt and Hima Sathian represent VSC at the Bucks-Mont Pride Festival in July 2021.
Derrick Schmidt (L) and VSC Counselor Hima Sathian (R) recently attended the Bucks-Mont Pride Festival in Abington.
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For your Calendar
August 2 - Abington National Pre-Night Out Block Party
Stop by and say hi to the VSC team! The national pre-night out event will feature fun for the whole family, including fire equipment, presentations from community groups, and more.

5PM to 9PM
Abington Parking Lot, Old York Road
Cost: FREE
September 14 - Effective Response to Victims with Limited English Proficiency
Learn what you need to know from Natacha Rivera, bilingual advocate at VSC, and Damary Miller from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and get 2 CLEE credits.

10:00 AM - 12 PM
1175 Academy Dr.
Conshohoken, PA 
Cost: Free (Register here)
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