Third Annual Pumpkin Painting and Pizza Party

When:  Monday, October 29 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM

What: Pumpkin Decoration and Pizza Party

Where: VOTR, 5002 Sheriff Road NE, Washington DC

About:  VOTR has a lot of talented artists.  We invite you to meet up at the empowerment center for an event where we enjoy pizza’s made by with some of the finest ingredients available, and the acrylic painting of pumpkins by veterans and staff of VOTR.  We’ve got talent. To learn more email


Charmed by Charity Event to benefit Veterans On the Rise

When: Saturday, September 29th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Where: Alex and Ani National Harbor

About: 15% of purchase proceeds will be donated to VOTR

RSVP to by September 24.

Will you help us celebrate the work we are doing in honor of homeless veterans and veteran families?


Hike the Billy Goat Trail postponed. Join us as we explore one of Maryland’s Natural Treasures.  The hike will start at 10:30 AM (Maryland Side) and will offer rustic views, and an opportunity to connect with a few of our veterans and volunteers. This event was been postponed due to rain. To learn more and join us please reach out to us at Hope to see you there!

We are conducting an Ice-bucket Challenge for Veterans this Summer!

We hope you will join us as we embark on an ice bucket challenge effort and shed light on the issue of ending veteran suicides.  More than 20 veterans per day are dying by suicide. We want to break the chain that has this happen.  Please check out the link to this campaign.

Join the executive director for a fireside chat on May 15th.


There’s so much to learn about veterans and veteran families at Veterans On the Rise.

Events: Let’s Go to the Movies!

October 18 Pre-Release Screening of Paramount Picture on Homelessness:

Same Kind of Different as Me

Starring: Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger and John Voight.

Only a few tickets remain.

Join us in the next four day to support our  Global Giving Campaign Project Number #29678


We are so happy to have the following event sponsors:


Hoping that you might want to learn more about the world of homeless people and their caregivers by

supporting a fundraising opportunity for Veterans On the Rise 501(c)3.  We are hosting a Pre-release Red Carpet Premiere for this movie, and I think it will be up your alley on Wednesday, October 18 at the AMC Loews Georgetown 14 Cinema.  We need to get 17 more donors to participate in this effort as a part of our global giving campaign.  We are also raising money for Veterans On the Rise and offering participants the opportunity to purchase tickets to the film through our Global Giving Accelerator Campaign.  Please check out the campaign

Same Kind of Different as Me, Trailer

We hope to see you there!

Veterans On the Rise



  On Tuesday, April 25, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,  executive director of Veterans On the Rise, Charles Avery will go on air on News Talk Radio to discuss key issues impacting homeless veterans and veteran mental health care in general. We hope you will tune in to FM 95.9 and AM 1540!

Cherry Blossom Running for VOTR

On Sunday, April 8, Melanie Avery, Director of Public Affairs and sometimes chief everything officer ran the Cheery Blossom 10-miler on behalf of Veterans On the Rise! Her second time running the race, it was a great day for a run in that there was mild weather and virtually no wind.  Melanie also ran this race as a precursor to May which is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Veterans On the Rise hopes you will join the organization for upcoming volunteer, physical activity, and fundraising efforts.


Airbnb and TJHSST are donating blankets and comforters to VOTR veterans.

As temperatures dropped during the winter TJHSST students gathered warm blankets and coats to share with VOTR veterans.  Community members who would like to donate additional blankets should call the main office of VOTR to schedule a blanket drop off at 202-388-4090.



VOTR is accepting donations through Network for Good and Global Giving, and PayPal to manage our campaigns