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.
During our first bowling event of 2018, eleven volunteers – some new, and some returning from long hiatuses – had a lot of fun helping residents enjoy themselves and win prizes! The Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC bowling lanes once again proved to be a great place for residents and community volunteers to form friendships. Volunteers loved helping residents bowl, and veterans on the winning team (where 120 was the lowest score!) chose beautiful hand-knit blankets as prizes. Do you want to join Friends of the Soldiers Home for a great time on bowling night? We always gather the third Tuesday evening of the month. Write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.
Story and photos by Lori Lincoln.
Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers for bowling once each month — and we sure had fun at the September and October sessions! On Sept. 19, Geico sponsored the bowling event and there was a huge turnout of helpers from nearby Catholic University. On Oct. 17, we had another great group of young people that made the evening special. We want to thank everyone for helping out on bowling night! Our next bowling event will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6pm at Soldiers Home DC. If you can join us, drop a line to FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com and she will tell you how it is done. Thanks to Lori for these great photos of our last two bowling sessions!
Tuesday Aug. 15 is the next Friends of the Soldiers Home bowling night — join us! You can see from these photos of the July bowling night how much fun we have. This is a wonderful way to give back to veterans, as we volunteers assist residents who would not be able to use the bowling alley on their own. Plus, you will get a chance to roll some balls of your own at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington alley.
If you would like to join us for this early evening event, write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com
About a dozen Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers came to the bowling lanes at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on June 20 to help elderly veterans have a great time. Volunteers helped residents use racks to line up the perfect shot or they helped steady the the veterans as they prepared to roll a ball. Bowling With Friends always happens the third Tuesday evening of the month. If you would like to join Friends of the Soldiers Home for an upcoming evening, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. You won’t be sorry. Bowling is a great way to help elderly veterans — and have fun!
Photos by Rocelia Johnson and Lori Lincoln.
Friends of the Soldiers Home had a great time assisting Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents at their campus bowling alley on May 16. In the first photo, volunteer John helps to steady a resident as he takes his best roll. Having John in tow kind of cramps his style, but it enables him to continue bowling his own way – standing up, and rolling the ball himself. After his turn, he coaches the Friends volunteers! In the other photos, volunteer Brenda brings resident Herbie his ball as he maps out his strategy. Herbie’s system seems to work. That’s a good roll! Join us for FOSH bowling night, always the third Tuesday evening of the month.
Our next session will be June 20. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to help.
Story and photos by Lori Lincoln.
Would your group like to adopt a FOSH volunteer event? On the evening of Jan. 17, about a dozen Washington-area alumni from Florida International University took over the monthly bowling night we staff — and did they ever have fun! The group helped Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents who use wheelchairs get to the bowling lanes on campus. Then they assisted residents in getting into the lane and lining up a ramp in front of them. One push later — strike! (Or at least some of the time). Bowling happens the second Tuesday evening of each month. For details, write FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com. Friends of the Soldiers Home wants to extend sincere thanks to these great FIU alumni for helping out on bowling night. You all are the best!
Photo courtesy of FIU alumni.
At Bowling Night With Friends on Aug. 16 we suffered a few technical difficulties, including broken lanes and frozen monitors. But we kept rolling right along! Lucky for us, Armed Forces Retirement Home staffer Carol Mitchell is a technical genius, and we know how to score the game by hand. Residents continued to wallop volunteers, easily scoring in the 100s. It’s a good thing residents and volunteers were on the same team! As always, the joy was in helping others (and in figuring out how to adjust that ramp just right to get a strike or spare)! Thank you to our volunteers — Rocelia, Lonell, Lindsey, John, Vivienne and Paul.
Story and photos by Lori Lincoln.
Bowling is really turning out to be a special program for Friends of the Soldiers Home, and our most recent game was no exception. Not only do the Friends and Residents have fun together, but the care and concern that they exhibit while making sure the less physically-able residents have fun, too, is tremendous! They practically look like engineers as they set up each roll. And nothing is better than everybody rooting for one another.
Bowling happens the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm. If you want to join us, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com
At Friends of the Soldiers Home, our March Madness consisted of great fun bowling and Jingo playing! On bowling night, only volunteer Lou and Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC resident Mr. Ferguson managed to score over 100 points. But while high scores aren’t automatic, the fun and companionship at this monthly event always tops the charts! At Jingo, the March theme was religion, and never before have the volunteers and residents seemed more hesitant to call out the wrong trivia answers! We might have lost the fun if it weren’t for new volunteer Kim. She chimed in, right or wrong, reminding us all that despite the serious theme, Jingo is just still our favorite game.
Photos and story courtesy of Lori Lincoln.
March Madness fun with bowling (above) and Jingo (below).