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Local Attorney Making a Difference in Our Communities

We are excited to feature our November winner of Eastern NC Cares brought to you by Brian Ricci of the Ricci Law Firm. Our winner is Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Gardens.

Veteran’s Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden (VEBCOG) is a non-profit 501C3 organization designed to reintroduce unemployed, underemployed, and disabled veterans back into the workforce as productive, employable individuals by providing temporary employment during the post-war transitional phase. Organic gardening is incorporated in the program as a peaceful means of rehabilitation for the veterans, who have previously faced particularly trying and violent situations while in the service. An employable veteran will not be achieved based solely on their daily work done in the garden. With the combination of health and wellness, life skills, and workforce training assessments throughout the program, the desired outcome is the employable individual. In this social enterprise, the organic vegetables and produce are equally as important as the well-being and success of the veterans.

The primary client VEBCOG serves is military veterans (specifically homeless and disabled), family members and caregivers, active-duty military transitioning into agriculture, and the low-income youth of Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, Onslow, and Jones Counties within the eastern North Carolina area. By partnering with the local military bases in the area and other veteran service providers, potential participants are identified and assessed to determine eligibility in the variety of programs. In 2020 the garden was relocated to a new site, which is smaller but still maintains handicap accessibility with the use of ADA compliant walkways, raised garden beds, wheelchair access, and ergonomic garden tools.

Visit our winner online to learn more on how you can join the Ricci Law Firm to help support this nonprofit organization or place orders from their organic garden.

Eastern NC is a wonderful community and there are a lot of great people and organizations working to make a difference in Eastern NC. We all know it takes everyone pulling together to make a difference in our community. At Ricci Law Firm the legal team is not only dedicated to giving back to their clients but giving back to the community above all else. Brian Ricci and his team are committed to participating in various community events and organizations, through means of leading, volunteering, donating, and sponsorship.

The Ricci Law Firm is bringing a special initiative to Eastern NC called Eastern NC Cares. Each month the Ricci Law Firm will recognize people and organizations that are giving back to Eastern NC and helping to make a difference.

Brian says, “I love Eastern North Carolina and all the wonderful people that care for others in our area. That is why we’re proud to support those people and organizations with Eastern NC Cares.”

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