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Join over 100 Tillman Military Scholars on Monday, July 23 from 1:30-5:30 PM as they make a sustainable impact on the DC/MD/NoVA region with the below project partners.
Operation Oliver (Baltimore, MD)
Operation Oliver is a holistic, non-gentrifying approach to community revitalization through the reduction of vacancy, activation of community spaces and small-scale economic development, serving the Oliver community in Baltimore, MD. It is a collaborative effort being undertaken by three veteran-led nonprofit organizations: The 6th Branch, Veteran Artist Program and Come Home Baltimore Foundation. The premise behind The 6th Branch is that U.S. military veterans possess a unique skill set that can be applied rather seamlessly to community rebuilding, and moreover, having patrolled some of the most dangerous streets in Iraq and Afghanistan, as veterans they are the right people for the job of addressing the issues of urban blight at home. Volunteers will participate in multiple projects to help clean up and refurbish the neighborhood.
Horses for Heroes is a therapeutic riding ranch located in Crownsville, MD, that provides physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation services to servicemembers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participants in the program are members of the Warriors in Transition Unit stationed at recovery locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. Volunteers will assist the Horses for Heroes staff with repairs on sensory trails and barn work. Artists are needed to assist with creating a new Horses for Heroes banner. Wounded Warriors and military retirees will also be on site.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a resale business that sells new and used building materials and home improvement items to the general public. The profits help support the Habitat for Humanity affiliates so they can build simple, decent, affordable housing for families in the community. Volunteers will be working at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Alexandria, VA, assisting them in organizing and updating their inventory and floor. Volunteers will accept donations and prepare them for the floor as well as assist the administrative staff to catch up their archives. As all proceeds fund future housing projects: the more assistance provided, the quicker projects can get off the ground.
Vinson Hall (McLean, VA)
Vinson Hall Retirement Community is an active, vibrant community of veterans in McLean, VA. Pat Tillman Foundation volunteers will bridge the gap between two veteran communities, bringing together Tillman Military Scholars and the Vinson Hall community. Scholars and Vinson Hall residents will engage in open discussions covering broad topics, as well as play interactive games, or participate in other activities depending on the care facility each Scholar visits. The goal is to learn from each other, and bring fun and energy to Vinson Hall residents.
DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen the Washington, D.C. community. Through job training, meal distribution and supporting local food systems, DC Central Kitchen is building long-term solutions to the interconnected problems of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Over 5,000 meals every day are loaded into trucks and distributed at little or no cost to 100 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients. Volunteers will assist in preparing meals to be distributed that evening, while participating in a short training session and interacting with local staff.