Friends, Nam Knights Take It To The Roof With Summer Partnership

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Friends of the Soldiers Home and Nam Knights Capital Chapter love to partner in volunteering for Happy Hour on the last Tuesday evening of the month at Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. As the photos from the last event show, we finally got a summer opportunity to enjoy Happy Hour on the rooftop of the Scott Building! We were all so glad to be out there, watching the retiring sun, enjoying the breeze, the conversation, the music and so much more. Happy Hour on the rooftop! It couldn’t be better. There’s so much we do with the residents, and for the residents – come and join us. To be part of the fun at the next Happy Hour, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos and story by Liz Cocke.

August 15 FOSH Bowling Night Aims to Replicate Fun of July’s Event

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Tuesday Aug. 15 is the next Friends of the Soldiers Home bowling night — join us! You can see from these photos of the July bowling night how much fun we have. This is a wonderful way to give back to veterans, as we volunteers assist residents who would not be able to use the bowling alley on their own. Plus, you will get a chance to roll some balls of your own at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington alley.

If you would like to join us for this early evening event, write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com

FOSH, Bloomberg Team Up For Kastles Tennis Fun With Veterans

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For the third time in the four years, Friends of the Soldiers Home partnered with Bloomberg to take residents from the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC to a Washington Kastles tennis match. The Kastles lost the July 26 match against the New York Empire, 20-19, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a great time! FOSH thanks Bloomberg and the Kastles for supporting this event. Friends is also grateful to the volunteers who assisted. Above all, we thank the veterans of Soldiers Home-DC for all they have done. We are appreciative for the opportunity to show our gratitude!

Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln and Carol Mitchell.

Friends ‘Bring the Gardens’ to Soldiers Home Residents

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This summer, Friends of the Soldiers Home is having several events to “bring the garden to the residents” so that more folks can enjoy the beautiful flowers produced on campus. We kicked things off with a flower bouquet making event on a Saturday earlier this month. We brought large buckets of gorgeous flowers to work with, all grown at the garden or at gardeners’ homes. One resident lit up with joy when seeing the gladiolus – he told us about his wife who was a passionate gardener during her life and grew many of that type of flower.

A few residents stopped in for the event, but we reached many more when we placed the bouquets on tables in the dining hall during lunch and in the coffee area. The fresh flowers were met with smiles and words of thanks. Volunteers Linda Cotton and Sarah Clinehens put on the event, and the flowers were contributed by Carol and George Herwig, Susan Minnemeyer, Linda Cotton, Sarah Clinehens and Scot Bohl. Next up will be a tomato tasting and a repeat of the fresh flower bouquet give-away scheduled for Saturday, August 19th.

Friends of the Soldiers Home operates the volunteer garden program so that residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington have an opportunity to grow things on campus without doing too much of the heavy lifting.

Story and photos by Sarah Clinehens.

FOSH Volunteers Win When They Help Home Veterans Play Jingo

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Geography was the theme when Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteered for its monthly Jingo game this month. Friends, or FOSH, is now in its sixth year of providing volunteers for this game, which occurs the second Thursday of each month. Some residents are unable to play the game unless volunteers help them get to it, and then help them play. If you would like an opportunity to serve veterans in this evening game, drop us a line at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)comOur next game is Aug. 10!

Photos by Lori Lincoln.

Record Crowd Joins Veterans for Friends of the Soldiers Home July 4 Celebration

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More than 3,000 people came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home on July 4 for a gala event that connected the community with veterans in celebrating America’s independence. The sixth annual gathering was the first one since 2014 that didn’t have significant rain — and hence, it was a record turnout. Large numbers of children loved roaming on the green expanse of the golf driving range.

Many kids played in the bounce house while others competed in the contest for most patriotic outfit. Families enjoyed fishing at the well-stocked Soldiers Home pond. Adults mingled and enjoyed food and drink while listening to the Home’s resident DJ, Billy White, spin top tunes. Best of all, a record number of residents of the Soldiers Home joined in the celebration!

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to residents and staff of the Home, the Nam Knights Capital Chapter, Anheuser Busch and DCCX bike group for helping to make the event so successful.

Photos by Lou Avenilla and Isabelle Hughes.

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Call for Volunteers at Annualy Soldiers’ Home July 4th Celebration

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Consider giving 90 minutes of your time while you celebrate

Independence Day 

at the Armed Forces Retirement Home – DC!
Great opportunity for young people to rack up some of those needed volunteer service hours!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Volunteers needed from 3 pm – 10 pm
Armed Forces Retirement Home
(festival entry through the gate at Randolph Street and Rock Creek Church Road, NW)

Volunteer through SignUp.comHere’s how, in 3 easy steps:

1 – Click the link highlighted below.
2 – Choose the job(s) you like 
(hurry, before all the good ones are taken)!
3 – Provide your email address, name and contact number.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your contact information with anyone. 

Event Set-Up
3-4 pm

Beverage Servers
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm
8:30-9:30 pm

Ticket Seller
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm
8:30-9:30 pm

Kickball Monitor
4-5:30 pm

Trout Fishing Monitor
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm

Moonbounce Monitor
4-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
7-8:30 pm

Parachute Game Assistant
6-7:30 pm

Clean Up
8:30-10 pm


We’ll be in touch to confirm your commitment.
Thank You, and we look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

Enthusiam Was High for June’s Version of ‘Bowling With Friends’

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About a dozen Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers came to the bowling lanes at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on June 20 to help elderly veterans have a great time. Volunteers helped residents use racks to line up the perfect shot or they helped steady the the veterans as they prepared to roll a ball. Bowling With Friends always happens the third Tuesday evening of the month. If you would like to join Friends of the Soldiers Home for an upcoming evening, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. You won’t be sorry. Bowling is a great way to help elderly veterans — and have fun!

Photos by Rocelia Johnson and Lori Lincoln.

The Happiest Hour Arrives Last Tuesday of Each Month for FOSH

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We had a great Happy Hour in late May, with residents, Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers and Nam Nights. Several of us have been coming so long we’ve started sharing photos with the friends we’ve made at the Home. And who would have dreamed cutting a watermelon could be so much fun! We also had a wonderful time at Happy Hour in April, with family members visiting, young college students ready to dance and too much focus on the bad jokes and general hilarity going on. It was a great evening. See the photos from both events. Come and join us for the next Happy Hour on the evening of Tuesday, June 27 and let’s see if we make it to the rooftop – a great place to bring the residents, share a drink and enjoy a social evening! If you would like to participate, drop a line to volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Story and photos by Liz Cocke.