Volunteers Needed for July 4th Festival

Friends of the Soldiers Home is looking for volunteers to help with the July 4th festival. Take 90 minutes to have fun and volunteer and then have fun at the rest of the event when you are done volunteering!

Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/BSqrbTk

Celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day

FOSH Request for Support in Year-End Fundraising Drive

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Dear Friends,

Ten ago this coming month, we did our first volunteer event at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. Although the Covid-19 pandemic and closed access of the Home campus limited us in 2020 and 2021, we were able to hold the traditional July 4 and Fall Fun festivals and send holiday gifts. 

We are hopeful in 2022 to return our past in-person volunteering, community festivals such as July 4 and Fall Fun Fest, and pilot access walking and biking. 

Your financial support makes this possible.

Click “donate” on friendsofsoldiers.org or send a check to Friends of the Soldiers Home, P.O. Box 3170, Washington, D.C., 20010.

If you are a federal worker, retiree or member of the military, please select #56535 to donate through the Combined Federal Campaign.

Thank you so much for your support and have a wonderful holiday season.

See What’s Planned for the 4th at the Soldiers’ Home

Location: Enter the 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:
4pm: DJ Billy White aka The Music Man
9:09pm: National Mall Fireworks


Attractions:
4pm-8:30pm: 40-foot obstacle course, dual hoops basketball game, fun house panel6:30pm: patriotic bike, scooter decoration contest judging (top three winners get prizes)


Food/Drink: Timber Pizza, Ooo Dat Chicken, Rocklands BBQ, Captain Cookie, Anheuser Busch
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy
Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers
Volunteer: We need you! Give time for part of the event: https://signup.com/go/jrvRqQZ
Pets/Fishing: Sorry, you must leave pets at home, and no pond fishing this year.

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this event possible, and to the Capital Chapter of the Nam Knights of America for volunteer support.

FOSH Year-End Campaign

Dear Friends,

Nine years ago this month we did our first volunteer event at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. Although the Covid-19 pandemic and closed access of the Home campus limited us in 2020, we were able to send supplies, virtual well wishes and holiday gifts.

As we enter our 10th anniversary year, we are hopeful to return in 2021 to our past in-person volunteering, community festivals such as July 4 and Fall Fun Fest, and pilot access walking and biking.

Your financial support makes this possible.

Click “donate” on friendsofsoldiers.org or send a check to Friends of the Soldiers Home, P.O. Box 3170, Washington, D.C., 20010.

If you are a federal worker, retiree or member of the military, please select #56535 to donate through the Combined Federal Campaign.

Thank you so much for your support and have a wonderful New Year.

John Hughes

FOSH Chairman

(Friends of the Soldiers Home closed out 2020 by delivering holiday gifts of wine and decorations to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. Pictured are John and Ellen Hughes of FOSH with Home staffer Carol Mitchell, center.)

SELECT CFC #56535 AND GIVE TO FOSH TODAY!

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The Combined Federal Campaign kicks off Wednesday Sept. 9 and Friends of the Soldiers Home is proudly participating this year for the first time. If you are a federal worker, retiree or member of the military, please select #56535 in the Combined Federal Campaign to support our work.

Our standard set of activities has been to provide our monthly event connecting veterans and volunteers over food, drink and music, hold our three annual campus celebrations that unite residents with their neighbors, and provide gifts such as a flat-screen TV and holiday decorations that add to the quality of life for our friends that served so proudly. We also have a community garden and pilot walking/biking project. With limited access to the campus and residents during coronavirus we continue to provide residents as much as we can – but only with your contribution!

July 4th Celebration Cancelled This Year

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Eight years ago this month was a historic time for our community. People inside and outside the Armed Forces Retirement Home had reached out to one another in 2011 in the spirt of friendship. By June of 2012, the Home and its neighbors were preparing to open the gates for a July 4 festival. That first big day was a huge success, and a tradition was born. Now, after a great eight-year run, we are sad to say there will be no July 4 gathering this year. The health risks of such a large event during the coronavirus pandemic are too great. We look forward to when the community and Home will gather again to celebrate as one community. This is the spirit that led to the creation of Friends of the Soldiers Home. Even a pandemic can’t dampen that.

John Hughes

Chariman and Co-Founder

Friends of the Soldiers Home