May’s Jingo Night Connects Veterans, FOSH Volunteers in Fun Service

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Thank you to the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers who came out for this month’s Jingo Night. This event is our flagship volunteer activity. It is near and dear to our hearts because several residents would be unable to partake if not for volunteers who transport them and help them play. The next Jingo will be June 14, mark your calenders! If you can come and help, contact Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

We thank Lori for sharing these great photos!

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Herwig Recognized in May as Friends of the Soldiers Home Volunteer

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Volunteers are the Heart of FOSH! For the month of May, we’re sending out special thanks to FOSH garden volunteer, Carol Herwig. Carol puts her gardening know-how to use in many ways for residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. She’s growing flowers for beautiful bouquets in the residents’ cafeteria and will be leading horticultural tours for residents around the campus. Carol also volunteers for Casey Trees and has organized tree plantings resulting in 300 young trees on the campus. Thank you Carol!

Friends of the Soldiers Home Builds Community at 2018 Spring Fling

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The sixth annual Spring Fling brought 500 people to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington campus on Saturday, May 5, for food, games, music and fun. A large number of Soldiers Home residents mingled with numerous families from the community in this annual ritual that kicks off the warm-weather season at the Home. Rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits, as attendees moved beneath the big tent when the weather worsened and listened to the rocking blues of Nobody’s Business. We are grateful to all the volunteers who helped with this event, and we thank the residents and staff of the Soldiers Home for once again opening the gates to the community. We can’t wait until next time!

Photos courtesy of Lauri Hafvenstein.

Your guide for enjoying Friends of the Soldiers Home Spring Fling this Saturday, May 5, noon to 5pm!

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Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, CollEDGEucation, DCCX, Music Celebrations

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:
12:30-1:30: Julia Kasdorf
2-5: Nobody’s Business

Attractions:
Games: Bounce House, Jumbo Connect Four, Face Painting
Food: Captain Cookie, Ooh Dat Chicken, Quize Quzeen, Dog Tag
Beer: Delightful draft choices courtesy of Anheuser Busch

Weather: High of 77, partly cloudy. Event happens rain or shine, with a big tent to keep you dry!

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers
Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer for part of the event, go here: http://signup.com/go/TkupVCf

Pets: Please leave them at home

FOSH Puts Out Call For May 5 Spring Fling Volunteers

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Calling All Friends of the Soldiers Home!  Our annual Spring Fling is a few weeks away and we need your support to make it happen!  If you’re interested in volunteering on May 5th at the Armed Forces Retirement Home during our Spring Fling, please  register here: https://airtable.com/shrJqKFuxIjICw6W3  For more info, please reach out to Betsy Eves at betsy(at)becreativeconsulting(dot)com. We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Fling!

FOSH Bowls Strike in Helping Veterans at April Event

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Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers had a great time bowling this week with residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home! We help residents to and from the lanes and bowl with those who need assistance. We do this the third Tuesday evening of each month. The Home has nice lanes and volunteers get an opportunity to roll a few balls as well! To join us on May 15, drop a line to the FOSH volunteer coordinator, Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

FOSH Doesn’t Let February End Without Enjoying Some Chocolate

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Friends of the Soldiers Home enjoyed a great Chocolate Celebration with residents of the Soldiers Home with, of course, chocolate, but also dancing! Drinks were provided by the Nam Knights, and the chocolate treats were courtesy of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Join FOSH on the last Tuesday evening of each month as we relax and socialize with residents in one enjoyable activity or another. Next: March 27. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com to be part of the fun!

Story and photos by Liz Cocke.

Love to garden and volunteer?

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The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of two hours per month and annual dues of $25 for a 200 square foot plot or $35 for 400 square feet (for experienced gardeners, subject to availability). Plots are for growing annual flowers and vegetables for household use.

Volunteer duties include helping AFRH Residents to garden and helping with events for the Residents as well as mowing, weeding, and mulching the common areas of the garden.

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com

Friends Works With Home, Catholic U To Collect Resident Oral Histories

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Friends of the Soldiers Home is proud to work with The Catholic University of America and Armed Forces Retirement Home staff and residents to make sure oral histories of veterans are collected. Friends Vice President Liz Cocke brought together the participants for a meeting at the Home Monday night, Feb. 5, to kick off the project.

Catholic students will be conducting and recording the oral histories of residents, and Catholic Professor Renate Chancellor will work to have the histories entered into the Library Congress collection for the Veterans History Project. At the meeting Monday evening, participants learned about the history of the home, toured residences and facilities, and began to make plans for pairing students with residents.

Pictured below are Carolyn Haug of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, far left, with Professor Chancellor at Catholic University (standing next to Carolyn), and Soldiers Home resident Frank Lawrence (far right). Others in the photo are some of Professor Chancellor’s students who will be working on the project.

Photo and story by Liz Cocke.