Friends of the Soldiers Home Holds Year-End Fundraising Drive

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Dear Friends,

Five years ago this month, Friends of the Soldiers Home began the effort to connect Veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home with their neighbors in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to the support of you and so many others, we have accomplished a great deal.

We held our 200th volunteer event this month and continue regular Jingo, Happy Hour, Bowling and Saloon Night activities with residents each month

We have now hosted 12 community festivals for residents and thousands of others, including Fourth of July, Oktoberfest and Spring Fling

Some of our other recent activities include a trash pickup and the annual volunteer gardening program.

Your help makes all of this possible! Please consider making an online contribution by clicking the “donate” button on our web page, friendsofsoldiers.org, or write a check to Friends of the Soldiers Home, Post Office Box 3170, Washington, DC 20010.

Thank you so much. We appreciate all the support we receive.

Sincerely,

John Hughes
Chairman and Co-Founder
Friends of the Soldiers Home

Mission Statement
Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501(c)(3) organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community. Through service, education and engagement, Friends of the Soldiers Home connects citizens and veterans in a relationship that recognizes the sacrifice of military service and enhances quality of life for veteran and citizen alike.

FOSH Volunteers, Residents Vote for a Great Time at Nov. 10 Jingo

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thumbnail_jingo6It is always so rewarding to see the mix of people from the community who volunteer through Friends of the Soldiers Home. This month’s Jingo Night was characterized by many new volunteers and teens. There were teens Genesis, John and Khyra. There was Drew and Faerie and their kids. Faerie’s mom was visiting from Maine and she helped fold programs for the Veteran’s Day program. There was new volunteer Heather and her teen daughter Sabina. Thank you volunteers, you are the best! The men and women at the Home are the best, and you bring that to them.

Photos by Lori Lincoln.

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Friends, Georgia Avenue Thrive Clean Up Soldiers Home Campus

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trash4Less than a week after celebrating its 200th volunteer event, Friends of the Soldiers Home launched into its 201st by picking up trash at the beautiful Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington campus. FOSH partnered with Georgia Avenue Thrive to pick up trash along the fence line in the southwest portion of the campus. The refuse collected in the area as motorists along busy Park Place carelessly tossed debris over the fence. By the end of the cleanup, volunteers picked up 10 trash bags worth of items. The prize for most creative trash item discovered went to the volunteer who found an old VCR. Volunteers also spent some time picking up trash in the neighborhood outside the Soldiers Home gates. Friends would like to thank Georgia Avenue Thrive for this wonderful partnership. When two great organizations get together, much great work gets done!

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Georgetown Phantoms Help Friends Celebrate 200th Volunteer Event

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Friends of the Soldiers Home celebrated its 200th volunteer event in fine fashion with the men and women we have had the privilege to serve over the last five years — residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington. The Georgetown Phantoms vocal group provided special entertainment for the event.

The Phantoms sang without instruments and did beautiful versions of today’s hits, along with a Motown medley. A packed room of veteran residents enjoyed the festivities at this special version of FOSH’s monthly Saloon Night event. Some delicious sheet cakes put a fine point on everything. A pleasant time was had by all! We can’t wait for the next 200 events.

Photos by Lori Lincoln and John Hughes.

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Friends of the Soldiers Home to Mark 200th Volunteer Event

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dccx-photo(Cadets from the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, who volunteered through Friends at the DCCX bike race, courtesy of In The Crosshairs and Bruce Buckley Photography.)

Friends of the Soldiers Home will mark its 200th volunteer event on Tuesday, Nov. 1 with a performance by the Georgetown Phantoms vocal group, along with pizza, beer and cake, at Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. The milestone follows a busy October in which Friends held five volunteer activities, ending with participation in the Halloween Happy Hour at the Home on Oct. 25.

dccx2The month also included a Friends Hospitality Tent for Soldiers Home residents at the DCCX bike race Oct. 23, bowling night with residents Oct. 18, Jingo Night Oct. 13 and Saloon Night With Friends Oct. 4. The Nov. 1 event will come nine days before Friends celebrates the fifth anniversary of its founding. Along with the re-occurring monthly events, the 200 volunteer activities have included 12 community festivals such as July 4 and Fall Fun Fest, five bus trips for residents to off-campus events, and two special concert performances on campus. (See full list of 200 after the jump below.)

Friends is grateful to residents and AFRH-W staff for extending a warm welcome for all these events; to festival sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch, Annie’s Hardware and Crossfit Petworth; and to community partners including Nam Knights Capital Chapter, Points of Light, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Creative Minds International Public Charter School. Above all, Friends thanks the hundreds of volunteers, many who return again and again, for making this success story possible! You are all the best and none of this would have been possible without you!

hallow1Note: Photo of cadets from the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, who volunteered through Friends at the DCCX bike race, is courtesy of In The Crosshairs and Bruce Buckley Photography. All other photos of October events are by Reyn Anderson and John Hughes.

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Full list of the 200 events after the jump Continue reading

Top Bike Racers Descend on Soldiers Home for Weekend of Fun

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dccx-photoTop athletes in the sport of cyclo-cross will descend on the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington on Saturday and Sunday for the 10th annual DCCX. DCMTB, a grass-roots team of mountain bikers that puts on the race, are great supporters of Friends of the Soldiers Home and we are proud to be involved for the fifth consecutive year. Friends will be hosting a hospitality tent for Soldiers Home residents on Sunday afternoon, and we will be volunteering at the race by helping with parking and serving as crossing guards on Saturday and Sunday. If you want to help us out volunteering, particularly on Sunday morning, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gamil (dot) com. Otherwise, it should be a beautiful weekend, so come on out and enjoy the free races! For more information, visit the DCMTB website, https://dcmtb.org/dccx2016/

Friends of Soldiers Home Offers Veterans Stirring Saloon Night to Kick Off Fall

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saloon4The hits kept coming at the October version of Saloon Night, as Jackson Caesar regaled veteran residents and Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers with a string of soul hits. The pizza was hot, the beer was cold and the friendships were warm. Coming just a couple days after the hugely successful Fall Fun Fest, FOSH knew this event would have to be high caliber, and gratefully it met the test. If Soldiers Home-DC residents thought this one was good, wait to see what FOSH has planned at the next Saloon Night Nov. 1. It is not to be missed!

Photos by Lori Lincoln, story by John Hughes.

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Fall Fun Fest Is Great Fun as 1,200 Enjoy Music, Food and Games

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ffest7Friends of the Soldiers Home is thrilled that Fall Fun Fest was such a grand time on Sunday, with about 1,200 people enjoying delicious food, wonderful music and the beautiful green expanse of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. The sunshine marked the first nice day after several with rain and gloom — and people loved it.

We are so happy that many Soldiers Home residents participated in the activities. With a bounce house, inflatable soccer goal, carnival games, storybook readings by Glenna Orr and an activity table by Asian Community Service Center, children had plenty to do as well! Creative Minds Charter School had a pumpkin patch. Alte Kameraden played German music that got everyone in the Oktoberfest mood, and the Accordian Queen of Washington, D.C. roamed through the crowd and delighted everyone. Earlier in the day, activities on the upper campus included an antique car show, drill team demonstration and bourbon-tasting booth.

Thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible — Budweiser, DCCX, Annie’s Hardware and Crossfit Petworth. We couldn’t have done it without you! Nam Knights Capital Chapter were once again invaluable partners — thank you Knights! Thanks also to Petworth News. Above all, we are grateful to the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for opening the campus to this wonderful day of activities.

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Fall Fun Fest Looking Fantastic for Sunday Oct. 2

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Wow, with 76 degrees and partly cloudy skies, Fall Fun Fest is looking fantastic for this coming Sunday, 9am to 5pm! Come and see the antique car show, military displays, petting zoo, fife and drum ensemble, drill team, bourbon tasting, Sherman Tower tour, food trucks, beer, bounce house, inflatable soccer, carnival games, Alter Kameraden German band, children story readings and the Accordion Queen of Washington, D.C. What a day!

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Here’s Your Chance to Help for 90 Minutes at FFFest Sunday Oct. 2

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Seeking Fall Fun Fest Volunteers! Want to give about 90 minutes on Sunday Oct. 2? Here is your chance. Take a look at the jobs below and let Lori Lincoln know what you want to do by writing her at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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Set-Up (4 Friends)
10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Carnival Games (10 Friends)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Beer Service (2 Friends)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Friends Table (2 Friends)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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Carnival Games (All volunteer slots are filled; thanks!)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Beer Service (2 Friends)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Friends Table (2 Friends)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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SHIFT #3
Carnival Games (10 Friends)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Beer Service (2 Friends)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friends Table (2 Friends)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tear Down (4 Friends)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm