Archive for the ‘Volunteerism’ category

You Can Support Holiday Wreaths at the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery

December 11, 2017

Recently, I learned about Wreaths Across America, which each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, participates by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,000 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. The even this year is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th. Volunteers can participate in one of two ways. The first is by buying a wreath, which costs $15, to be placed on a veterans grave. The second is by volunteering to help place the wreaths at the cemeteries.

While the most well known cemetery is Arlington, there are many cemeteries that participate and many of them don’t have enough wreaths or volunteers to go around. One of those cemeteries  is at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Volunteer or support a wreath here).

In checking out the details of the Soldiers’ Home wreath laying event, as of this this writing, there a total of 2,662 wreaths currently committed for 14,000 veteran graves. I think we can do better.

Details about the event is below and can also be found here.

Ceremony and Volunteer Information

Please join the young women of the DC metro area American Heritage Girls as we lay wreaths at US Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Home National Cemetery (DCSAHN) to honor and remember our deceased heroes. Please do not forget to register on the US Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Home National Cemetery (DCSAHN) to receive updates about the cemetery itself.

We will begin the ceremony at noon. Plan to arrive in time to park.  When you arrive, please gather around the flag pole for the ceremony.  Wreaths will be laid directly after the ceremony is over.

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
  • Please follow the instructions by volunteers on where to place wreaths, as well as “how” they should be placed.
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Cleanup day will be in January.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.

Next Park View Cleanup is Saturday, December 2nd

November 27, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive’s next community cleanup will be this Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 10 am.

Neighbors will gather at the corner of Georgia and Irving, by the Park View sign. Immediately following, volunteers can head over to Harrar Coffee & Roastery for special deals and great conversation.

Park View Cleanup This Saturday

October 4, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive is holding its next cleanup on Saturday Oct. 7 at 10 am. at the corner of Georgia & Newton.

Reliable Tavern is sponsoring the cleanup and will be making a special punch, available exclusively to cleanup
volunteers the evening of the 7th for a discounted price of $4.

Also, the Park View UNC is co-sponsoring this month’s cleanup with Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Next Community Clean Up Scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd

August 29, 2017

The next Georgia Avenue Thrive community cleanup will be this Saturday. Neighbors can gather at the corner of Georgia and Morton. Immediately following the cleanup, volunteers will gather at the Murray’s parking lot for free chips and dips from Cosi, plus free lemonade from our great neighbor Peter Fortner, who is also a Sotheby’s realtor. See the flyer below for details.

Park View Cleanup Scheduled for July 8th

June 30, 2017

The next Park View Cleanup organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive is Saturday, July 8th! See details below:

Midlands Hosting Youth Employment Event This Wednesday, Clothing Drive on Tuesday!

June 19, 2017

I received the following from Georgia Avenue Thrive, and think its a great opportunity to help out young people seeking jobs. Please see the announcement and flyer below:

Here are 4 ways you can help to support young people (15 to 24 year olds) in and around our neighborhoods who are seeking employment!

  1.  SPREAD THE WORD – Please share the attached flier and Facebook announcement about the Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness Event at The Midlands this Wednesday, June 21, 11am-3pm. Employment service providers, mini-workshops, free workplace clothing, one-on-one resume coaching and free hot dogs and lemonade will all be provided!
  2. VOLUNTEER – Come help be a part of The Midlands Youth Employment Event anytime 10am-4pm. We are looking for people to help with resume editing, passing out movie passes, set-up, clean-up. Respond to this email if you’ve got an hour or more to spend with us on Wednesday (June 21).
  3. DONATE CLOTHING – Drop off new and clean gently-used workplace attire to donate at the Youth Employment Event and get $1 off a draft beer! Midlands is accepting all donations (open M-F after 4pm and Sat/Sun after 11am).
  4. SORT CLOTHING – Come for Tuesday night Happy Hour (June 20) at Midlands to prepare clothing for distribution at the Youth Employment Event with an added $1 off on draft beers.

Thank you all for doing all that you do to encourage and support young people in our community!

First Tree Box on Georgia Avenue Gets Flowers

June 16, 2017

Digging into the hard, backed soil in front of Walters.

On Thursday night, June 15th, Commissioner Boese with volunteers from Georgia Avenue Thrive planted begonias in the tree box in front of Walters Sports Bar (3632 Georgia Avenue). Prior to the event, Annie’s Ace Hardware set aside the flowers which Boese provided. EatsPlace also provided lemonade for the volunteers.

I can tell you it was a lot of work. The soil was clay and compacted making digging with a shovel impossible, so a garden mattock was used.  Once enough of the hard, clay soil had been loosened up, mulch was used to help amend he soil. After that the begonias went in.

While the project is largely done, additional much will be required. Fortunately, there is already mulch available.

There were a number of lessons learned from the effort, the primary one being that the tree boxes on Georgia are composed primarily of  compacted clay with is very difficult t dig into.

(Finishing up the evening’s work.)


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