Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A in Washington, D.C. for unanimously approving a $1,000 grant on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The grant will assist with a portion of the cost of signage, banners, flyers and letterhead to help communicate with the community about, and during, festival events such as Spring Fling, July 4 and Oktoberfest. Two festivals last year were attended by nearly 3,000 people, many from ANC 1A, which includes the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods near the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The Oktoberfest festival was cancelled in 2013 because of the federal government shutdown. “Friends of the Soldiers Home is all about connecting the Home and the community,” Friends President John Hughes said. “We appreciate ANC 1A’s support of activities that enrich the lives of citizens as they interact with veterans on the historic, beautiful Home campus.” ANCs are non-partisan, locally-elected bodies that have been operating in D.C. since 1976. ANC 1A is one of 37 in the nation’s capital.
Send a greeting to a loved one and show your support for Friends of the Soldiers Home by ordering attractive cards from Lauri Hafvenstein’s online store. Lauri is an artist who lives near the Soldiers’ Home in the Park View neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She is donating some proceeds from each sale to Friends of the Soldiers Home. An inscription on the back of the card will show that you have supported Friends through the purchase of the card. What a great way to show your friends that you support such a cool organization! We are grateful to Lauri for supporting us. The link to Lauri’s store is https://www.etsy.com/shop/harborstone
Two great events — the bike race at the Soldiers Home is ON this coming Sunday now that the government shutdown has ended. Follow that with our fundraiser next Wednesday evening at DC Reynolds!
Full slate of bike races goes from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the southwest corner of the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus. Enter through main gate at Upshur and Rock Creek Church Road. Free event, food and drink available. Friends of the Soldiers Home will honor some Home residents during the afternoon award ceremonies. DCMTB, which puts on the race, are major supporters of the Friends, so come on out!
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 23, between 6-9pm go to DC Reynolds, 3628 Georgia Ave., D.C. for our Friends Fall Fundraiser, $10 per person suggested donation.
The first gut-renovated home in Washington D.C. on track to achieve net-zero energy status will go on display Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Petworth neighborhood, with an added benefit to Friends of the Soldiers Home.
Each visitor to the “green” open house at 4310 4th St. N.W., just a few blocks from the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s main entrance, will be asked to donate $1 to Friends of the Soldiers Home.
Friends of the Soldiers Home Board Member Tanya Topolewski founded the sustainable real estate development firm True Turtle, which is hosting the open house along with CAT Construction.
Net zero is a designation for a building that has zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. The 4th Street home is only the second in Washington, D.C. to be net zero, with the other being the Empowerhouse, a solar decathlon house that was relocated to Deanwood.
For more information, see: www.netzeroinpetworth.com
Friends of the Soldiers Home will offer its first-ever t-shirt for sale at a bargain price Saturday at the Spring Fling! This is the first time Friends has had t-shirts produced since it began volunteer projects at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in December 2011. The shirt, in a limited-edition Blazing White color, displays the unique Friends logo designed by Petworth resident Maria Mandle through her Creativecouch Designs. The shirt is not only a wonderful way to support Friends, it is a great way to show you care about an organization that is breaking down the barrier that too long separated the Home from the broader community. For more details about Spring Fling, see earlier posts below.
by Zachary Hartman
Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to receive a $500 grant from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C in Washington, D.C. The grant will assist with a portion of the cost of filing fees for the effort by Friends of the Soldiers Home to gain 501c3 status. The Friends of the Soldiers Home is very much appreciative for the support of the ANC 4C Commission, which approved the grant at a meeting earlier this month.
by David Lasseter
Friends of the Soldiers Home had a terrific event at Chez Billy’s on April 18 that brought neighbors and friends together for fun, fellowship, and fundraising. We accomplished our goals with flying colors!
Along with the over 75 friends who supported the event, we had six residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home join us. The residents of the home and the friends in attendance were able to share stories and conversation, as well as start and foster friendships.
Thanks so much to Chez Billy’s for hosting this wonderful event and to all of our friends (and their friends) who came to support.
Don’t forget about our Spring Fling taking place at the Home on May 4th. This will be another great event for the community, complete with games, music, food, drink and fun.
Don’t forget that this Thursday, April 18th, from 6-9 p.m. the Friends of the Soldiers Home is hosting their Happy Hour for a Cause!
The event will be held at Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Avenue, with the goal of raising funds to continue the organization’s work to foster friendship between the community and the Armed Forces Retirement Home as well as support the May 4th spring festival on the AFRH’s grounds.
Minimum suggested donation is $10.