Friends of the Soldiers Home Annual Year-End Fundraising Drive


Dear Friends,

Seven years ago, Friends of the Soldiers Home began working to connect veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC with the community.

Since then, we organized volunteers more than 300 times for activities. Three annual festivals bring 5,000 community members to campus.

Your financial support makes this possible.

As we prepare to mark Giving Tuesday, consider supporting our year-end campaign by clicking “donate” on or with a check to Friends of the Soldiers Home, P.O. Box 3170, Washington, DC 20010.

Your donations help us organize volunteers for events for the elderly veterans, such as Bowling Night and Jingo; they keep our festivals free; and they assist with the cost of food, drink and entertainment at our monthly Saloon Night for residents.

Thanks for your support!


John Hughes
Chairman and Co-Founder

Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501 (c)(3) organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community. Through service, education and engagement, Friends of the Soldiers Home connects citizens and veterans in a relationship that recognizes the sacrifice of military service and enhances quality of life for veteran and citizen alike.


Work Off the Turkey With Two Great FOSH Volunteer Opportunities


We all love our friends and relatives — and eating — but why not get out and move about right after Thanksgiving with TWO great volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Soldiers Home!!

First, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30pm, Bowling Night! You’ll help residents who need assistance to bowl, but you’ll also do some rolling yourselves! Ages 14 and over are welcome.

Then Friday, Nov. 30, 5:15pm, dance to the U.S. Navy’s premier bluegrass ensemble, Country Current! Yes we want you to dance and have fun at this free event, but we also want you to help transport residents and serve some food and drinks. This one is for age 18 and older.

Both of these activities are FREE and FUN — a great way to glide into the holidays! Write Lori Lincoln and tell her you can come at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. She’ll tell you all the rest of what you need to know.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Annual DCCX Cyclocross is at Soldiers’ Home this Weekend


For those who love great fall weather, cyclocross, and an opportunity to spend a day or two at the Soldiers’ Home, this weekend you are in luck. The annual DCCX races are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. The full schedule of events can be found at

Visitors can access the race area via the Randolph Street Gate located on Rock Creek Church Rd., NW.

FOSH Volunteer Gardeners Adds Beauty to Soldiers Home Cafeteria



Friends of the Soldiers Home garden volunteers have completed this season’s third and final batch of flower bouquets for the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC cafeteria. The flowers look great! We’re grateful to volunteers Linda Cotton, Carol Herwig and Susan Minnemeyer, who grew and tended the flowers throughout the season. Thank you gardeners for bringing additional beauty to a Home of beautiful residents!

Fall Fest Succeeds in Connecting Soldiers Home Residents With Community



Thanks everybody who came out for Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 30. More than 1,300 people enjoyed antique cars, music, food, games and fun. The weather was glorious! Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank the residents and staff of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for welcoming us to your beautiful campus. We are grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Cocke.

Fall Fun Fest is September 30th!


Fall Fun Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home is coming up on Sunday, September 30th. It will be a full day of fun and events beginning at 9 am and ending at 5 pm.

A full list of activities includes:

Karen Collins & the Backroads Band (bluegrass band)
DJ Billy White (Mix of upbeat classics)
Bounce House
Corn Hole
Bobbing for Apples
Cupcake Walk
Pumpkin Painting
Face Painting
Self-Serve Photo Booth
Critter Connection – Reptile Zoo

Pumpkin Carving Contest (bring your carved pumpkins for a chance to WIN!)

Therapy Dogs

See the list below for the day’s schedule:

Food Trucks & stands including: Ooh Dat Chicken, Rose’s Italian Pizza & Subs, Federal City, Bros, Captain Cookie, Sly’s Sucker Punch, Anheiseur Busch, CMI bake sale

If you are traveling from the Metro Station, the handy map below shows the fastest way to walk to the event.

Hot Outside, But Warm and Friendly Inside at August Happy Hour



Friends of the Soldiers Home had a great time Aug. 28 at this month’s version of Happy Hour at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC. With our long-time partners the Nam Knights, we had a wonderful time. Volunteers appreciated that the joke telling and conviviality was happening in doors at the beautiful, air-conditioned Scott Building rather than outdoors in the 100-degree heat index!

Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln.



Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer gardeners recently had an opportunity to share the bounty of the gardens with residents of the Home. They brightened up the AFRH canteen and cafeteria with bouquets of fresh flowers grown by the volunteers. There are more flowers yet to bloom and more bouquets will be coming to the Home later this summer. Pictured below with some of the bouquets is volunteer gardener Susan Minnemeyer.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Clinehens.