Volunteer Opportunities

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Saloon Night With Friends
The first Tuesday of each month we bring in singers, musicians or other people with talent from the community to perform for veteran residents in their Defenders’ Inn in the Scott Building on campus. We also assist in setting up and taking down the event, we help serve veterans food and drink, and we socialize with residents during the event. The activity runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com if you can help.

2017 Saloon Night With Friends Dates:
Jan. 3
Feb. 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 7
July 5 (On Wednesday because July 4 is a Tuesday)
Aug. 1
Sept. 5
Oct. 3
Nov. 7
Dec. 5

Jingo
The second Thursday of each month we help elderly disabled veterans get to and from the Jingo game, and we assist those who without our help would not be able to play the game. Volunteers arrive at 6 p.m. at the Scott Building and are finished by 8 p.m. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com if you can help!

2017 Jingo Dates:
Jan. 12
Feb. 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13
Aug. 10
Sept. 14
Oct. 12
Nov. 9
Dec. 14

Bowling With Friends
On the third Tuesday of each month we help assisted living residents get to the bowling lanes on campus, then we form teams and help them with the bowling activity. We also socialize with the residents and have fun! We also help serve refreshments to the residents who are participating in the event. Afterward, we clean up and help assisted living residents get back to their rooms. This event begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com if you would like to participate.

2017 Bowling With Friends Dates:
Jan. 17
Feb. 21
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
Aug. 15
Sept. 19
Oct. 17
Nov. 21
Dec. 19

Happy Hour With Friends
The last Tuesday of each month we assist elderly disabled veterans to and from Happy Hour. With our partners the Nam Knights Washington Chapter, we serve them food and drink during the event and visit with them. We also help set up and take down. This activity runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Scott Building. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com if you can help.

2017 Happy Hour Dates:
Jan. 31
Feb. 28
March 28
April 25
May 30
June 27
July 25
Aug. 29
Sept. 26
Oct. 31
Nov. 28
Dec. 26

Community Celebrations
We will need many volunteers to help the day of Friends community celebrations at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-D.C. in 2017. These outdoor festivals are wonderful ways to meet veterans and fellow community members. If you can help with these events, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com.

2017 Community Celebrations:
May 6 Spring Fling
July 4 Fireworks Celebration
Oct. 1 Fall Fun Fest

Garden Project
Friends of the Soldiers Home pairs community volunteers with residents to work in the gardens on the Soldiers’ Home campus. Watch the website for announcements on how to get involved in this program in 2017.

DCCX Bike Race
On the weekend of Oct. 21-22, DCMTB holds mountain bike races on the Soldiers Home campus. Friends has a tradition of volunteering at this event in participartion with DCCX, which are Friends supporters. If you would be interested in volunteering at the bike race in 2017, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com.

Trash Cleanup
On the first Saturday in November of 2015, Friends partnered with Georgia Avenue Thrive to pick up trash in and around the Soldiers Home. This was an enormously successful effort with about a dozen large bags of trash removed from the southwest corner of the property. We plan to replicate this event on Nov. 4, 2017. To participate, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com.

Holiday Tree Lighting
Friends participates in the Dec. 12 Holiday Tree Lighting. To learn more about those evening events and participate, write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail.com.

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