DC CARES is planning a special volunteer project to enhance housing for veterans at U.S. VETS – Washington, D.C. September 9th and 10th from 9am -1pm
Volunteers will be coming out to honor our vets in commemoration of the September 11th National Day of Service. Volunteers will clean, paint and landscape to improve the veterans housing and make a positive impact on their quality of life.
We are badly in need of donations of furniture and household items to enhance units. Please donate furniture and household items to our partner A Wider Circle, who will be providing items for the vets. You can find them online at www.awidercircle.org or call them at 301-608-3504 to donate.
To make a donation in honor of September 11th to support veterans in Washington, D.C. please click here.
If you are interested in volunteering for this or similar projects please visit DC Cares at www.greaterdccares.org.
In Commemoration of September 11th, Veterans and Volunteers to Prepare Homes for Formerly Homeless Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 8, 2011) – The United States Veterans Initiative – D.C. in partnership with A Wider Circle, and Greater DC Cares will commemorate September 11th together by furnishing, decorating, cleaning, painting and landscaping at 2 buildings which house formerly homeless U.S. veterans. Volunteer projects will take place on September 9th and 10th.
“We are so grateful to A Wider Circle and all of our partners in this project for creating special days of service benefiting the vets,” says Emily Button, Program Director for United States Veterans Initiative- D.C. A Wider Circle is providing furniture and home goods donations to furnish the apartments and Greater DC Cares is providing logistics, project supplies, and volunteer support for the weekend of service. Regional retailer, Mattress Discounters, has generously donated new bed sets for this special project.
It is estimated that there are more than 1,400 homeless vets and more than 6,000 homeless persons in Washington, D.C. Organizations such as the United States Veterans Initiative- D.C., A Wider Circle, and Greater D.C. Cares are working to lower those figures through the work they do on behalf of these vulnerable populations.
United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) focuses on the successful transition of military veterans by providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. U.S.VETS works with local area providers, Veterans Administration Medical Centers, and government agencies to help veterans and their families get back on their feet. With eleven facilities in five states and the District of Columbia, United States Veterans Initiative serves over 2,100 veterans each day and will help 3,000 veterans find homes and 1,100 veterans obtain full-time employment each year. To find out more information, please visit www.usvetsinc.org.
A Wider Circle provides basic need items to families transitioning out of shelters or simply living without life’s necessities. They furnish the homes of more than 1,000 children and adults every single month, all free of charge. They also go into low-income schools and shelters to lead educational workshops on topics ranging from healthy self-esteem and stress management to resume writing and financial planning. They go where the needs are greatest and do what is most needed. More than 230 social service agencies in the D.C. metro area refer clients to A Wider Circle and they have recently served their 50,000 client since they began providing services in 2001. To find out more, please visit, www.awidercircle.org.
Emily Button, Program Director
United States Veterans Initiative – D.C.