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June 9 and 10

New Date: June 9 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and June 10 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

April showers bring May and June Flowers! Join us as we plant flowers and other items to make VOTR common areas beautiful.  We appreciate the opportunities to make lovely flowers grow!

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June 11 Brave the Billy Goat Trail

VOTR is hiking the Great Fall Billy Goat Trail.  Hiking is a great way to relieve stress, fight mental illness, and ward off adult issues diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.  Connect with us as we collect health and wellness items for VOTR veterans to use.

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June 12th Financial Literacy Meeting with Raymond Starks of Radio One 

Training on life balancing curriculum SOAR followed by a financial literacy training with Raymond Starks.

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  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 2, 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.

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Watching Rebounds

Between February and April of 2017, VOTR took over thirty veteran residents and alumni to watch games from the Washington Wizards.  These games were also attended by mentors who helped veterans focus their attention on the next steps they might take to get their lives back on track from an employment and housing perspective.  Participants from the Severely Mentally Ill, Urgent and Emergent, and Transition in Place programs enjoyed the games from start to finish.  When asked about how they enjoyed the experiences many of the veterans intimated that this was their first time attending a basket ball game in years.  It was a pleasure for them to participate, and they were incredibly thankful to the Monumental Sports organization for providing these veterans who served their country proudly to enjoy the wonderful entertainment value that basketball games bring.


Seasonal employment opportunity

On the morning of Wednesday, November 16, at 8:30 AM Veterans On the Rise is taking veterans to interview for seasonal employment opportunities in Sterling, Virginia.  We invite veterans wanting to work four, 10-hour days (daytime hours) to please reach out to Veterans On the Rise to sign up for a ride to the interview. There are currently 71 open positions.  Reach us at or 202-388-4090. Happy Veterans Day!

Lighting the night with VOTR!

On November 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, VOTR staff, veterans and community members will complete a 1.5 mile walk to light the night and draw attention to the cause of ending veteran homelessness.  We are raising funds for the VOTR Life in Balance activity fund. Please join us for the event and register here.  Purchase Tickets

Can’t make the event? Perhaps you can host your own 1.5 mile walk with your friends, colleagues, or family members, and raise fund for our activities.  Register for our peer-to-peer campaign here. Register

Top Golf Ashburn Competition with VOTR


What is TOPGOLF?  A game for all time and all seasons.  Whether you are an expert or a novice, golf is a sport you can play until you are old and gray.  Join Veterans On the Rise at Top Golf, Ashburn on Saturday, November 26th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM.  Prizes will go to the top performing male and female golfers.  Network, perfect your game, and find ways to give back to the community with VOTR.   The Washington Team football game will be on display in the TOPGOLF areas.  Join the fun!

Not a golfer, not to worry!  We will have a Spades and Bid Whist tournament going on concurrently. Purchase tickets at the link below! The Washington Team football game will also be on display in the card tournament area!  Join the fun!

Participants may win a $500.00 dinner certificate to share with friends that was donated by our sponsors. Join the fun! 

young-adults-webSignature Drink: The Virgin Arnold Palmer. Portion of the proceeds for this event will go to the activities and home build fund of VOTR.

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 Temple B’Nai Shalom does a Mitzvah for veterans.

The Temple B’Nai Shalom, or TBS Social Action Committee will address critical local area issues including supporting veterans, eliminating hunger, and supporting the elderly.

blanketsAs temperatures drop, TBS will help keep homeless veterans warm in the DC/NOVA area by TBS partnering with two local organizations (Veterans on the Rise and A-SPAN) to collect and distribute 180 blankets.

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. Please plan to drop off all new blankets by November 23.


Army 10-Miler/Marine Corps 10-K Fundraiser

Support VOTR as a spokesperson completed both the Army 10 Miler and the Marine Corps 10K in October 2016. All donations for this effort must be received by December 15 at 11:59 PM.

Calling all runners, VOTR is raising money to support our cause by working directly with runners in the community. We would like you to join us by creating a donation page where friends and family may contribute to the cause of ending homelessness in veterans and veteran families.  Email for more information.

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VOTR will engage members of the Georgetown University Real Estate Association. Details on these events are TBA, so stay tuned.

Don’t forget to stop by our past events page to see what else we’ve been up to!  VOTR, leaving no Veteran Behind.