Volunteers are the life force of Friends of the Soldiers Home. So far this year, more than 100 people have volunteered at one or more of our events. We are grateful for this support that has brought cheer to veterans and strengthened the community.
Now we are entering our busiest one-month period of the year for volunteering. We’d appreciate if you’d strongly consider jumping on board for one or two of the upcoming six events.
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6pm-8pm: Happy Hour! We assist disabled veterans in getting to event, serve food and drinks, and socialize.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6:30pm-8pm: Saloon Night With Friends. We provide entertainment and tend bar at the Defender’s Inn, and we serve snacks and socialize with veterans
Sunday, Oct. 6, 1pm-5pm: Oktoberfest! Give one or two hours at this second annual community festival, setting up, serving drinks, directing cars, supervising children activities, taking down.
Jingo, Thursday, Oct. 10, 6pm-8pm. We assist disabled residents in getting to Jingo and then we help them play the game.
Band Concert, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1pm-3pm. Special opportunity to serve drinks and snacks to residents at concert by out-of-town big band!
Bike Race, Sunday, Oct. 20, 8am-5:30pm. Volunteers give up to two hours of time serving as crossing guards at this race on the Soldiers Home grounds.
If you would like to help with one of these events, or if you want to add your name to our volunteer e-mail list, write Mary Bucci at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com
Mark you calendars for the 2nd annual Oktoberfest on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home!
The event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1-5 p.m. It will be held on the southern grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, D.C. (Gate entrance 333 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., intersection of Rock Creek and Randolph)
Starring: Washington DC German Band, inductees in the Polka Hall of Fame and an institution in the nation’s capital since 1942, and the Bairisch und Steierisch Dancers, entertaining people in the Washington region for more than 35 years.
craft beer**local food vendors**activities for kids**
Transportation: Metro Green Line to Georgia/Petworth stop; H8 bus; park inside the gates for a donation of $5 per vehicle to Friends of the Soldiers Home.
Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful for support from the Armed Forces Retirement Home, AFRH Resident Fund Advisory Board and the DCMTB for this wonderful community event.
President Lincoln’s Cottage will again host Family day on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Cottage grounds at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
The free event includes a petting zoo, Civil War re-enactors, live music, food,arts and crafts, and a chance to climb to the top of the Sherman Tower. Friends of the Soldiers Home will again host a crafts table to support this event as we did last year. If you would like to be help, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail.com.
We are grateful how the Home and the Cottage provide such enriching experiences for the D.C. region! For more information about the event, seehttp://conta.cc/15Qi9zD
Photo courtesy of Lincoln’s Cottage