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The VCC Team

An all-female acapella group makes the best of the worst with COVID-related parody videos

I am a member of an all-female acappella group in the Rochester area, aptly called Rocappella. Since we haven't been able to rehearse since last March, we started making COVID-related parody videos using some of our actual arrangements/songs and posting them on YouTube. Our most recent one was just "released" last week and speaks to the shared experience of wanting to get away!

- Bri Vespone, Contact Tracer

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Team member Maggie Shippy has worked with wine since she was 18 years old. She started in an Italian restaurant in New Jersey where she was made fun of for being the only blonde amongst a staff of stereotypical looking Italians. She has since gone on to work for some of the top restaurants in the country as well as internationally. She achieved advanced status with honors through WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) to further her status as a Sommelier. 

Maggie curated a 27 page wine list for her own wine bar called Carmella’s (named for her Grandmother) in Portland, Oregon that she ran for five years. She’s loves teaching about wine and taking the pretension away from something that is intended to be enjoyed.


We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say it’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.


Work From Home burnout is real—
Here’s how to recover

Kat, a communications consultant and freelance writer based in Chicago, says she’s been struggling with burnout since she began sheltering in place in March. She’s constantly “frazzled and sleep-deprived” and feels worried and exhausted. Her husband works during the day, while she takes care of their five year old and six month old. Then they switch around 5:30 PM, and Kat works until midnight or 1 AM. “Half the nights though I'm too exhausted and my brain just won't function,” she says. “With COVID, the sense of helplessness and uncertainty adds a layer to it all.”

"Deep Breath Moment"

A Roslyn, NY high school student is connecting companies to charities to help people in need. Throughout the pandemic, the demand for new clothes spiked as charities stopped accepting used items. The Mia Exchange, started by 17-year-old Mia Sara, donates new clothes from store warehouses to women's shelters, churches, the Salvation Army and other organizations that provide these new clothes to those in need. We applaud Mia for exemplifying the best of New York's values.  Read more >>

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