Past Events

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Looking for a way to teach your little ones the art of giving back?  Join VOTR at Rebounderz Sterling on Sunday, October 16th for a jumping good time!  Donate school supplies to the children of veterans housed by VOTR.  Donations of warm clothing for winter months will also be accepted.

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karaokeMic Drop Karaoke for VOTR

Do you sing?  Or are you one to just make a joyful noise?  Are you ready to drop the mic? Lets sing patriotic songs, silly songs, Motown songs, more current songs.  On October 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 VOTR plays The Vocals at Sing Sing DC. We would love to have you display your talents.  50% to 70% of the proceeds will go to Veterans On the Rise veteran vocational training fund.

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Would you like to help the veterans of VOTR enjoy a boxing exercise experience? How is your balance and coordination?  We are hosting a boxing fundraiser at Title Boxing Gym on October 15.  The process is fast, easy, and secure. The prices are low, and you may discover skills you never knew you had. Join us on from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at the TITLE Boxing Gym on in Springfield.

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Avalon Bay Spirit of Caring Month

On September 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th, the executives and staff of Avalon Bay demonstrated their undying love for veterans during the Spirit of Caring Month! They came armed with paint brushes, shovels, wrenches, power washers, and other exciting tools. These volunteers shared their real estate and construction know-how with the residents and staff members of VOTR!!! See images of some of this volunteer team below as well as some before and after shots of their work! Not too shabby!

Avalon Bay brought their happy dispositions, their home and building know how, and their A-Game to VOTR. See before and after photos of some of their work below.

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America Works to Visit VOTRWorks and the VOTR After Care Program on Wednesday August 31!

#VOTRWorks, #AmericaWorks, Veterans On the Rise, @VOTRvetshome we put people back to work.

This two hour session helped veterans consider a myriad of options for continuing to bring in money and make a living upon rebalancing their lives through transitioning out of homelessness.

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VOTR Veterans are learning about Solar Opportunities

On August 24th VOTR hosted a solar installation interest day. The interest day was facilitated by VOTR case managers and a human resources expert from Grid Alternatives.

 


Fourth of July Cookout

Veterans sure can barbecue!  Next year you should come out to Veterans On the Rise for our fifth annual veterans day cookout. It’s a great day to get to know formerly homeless veterans and to hear their stories of service.


VOTR Memorial Day Cookout and VOTR honors

The third annual VOTR Veterans Day Cookout will take place on May 28, 2016.

Also on May 25, VOTR leaders were honored by the DC Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs.  For more information on the event please see the link below.

Grant Per Diem Homeless Housing Service providers were honored by the DC Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs this summer! Go Access Housing, US Vets, and VOTR!

Posted by Veterans On the Rise on Monday, August 8, 2016


April 2016 VOTR Veterans are going to the White House Garden Tours!

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See the flowers and blooms, take a picture of yourself in a nice spring outfit, and say hello to your fellow Americans at the Spring Garden Tours on April 16, 2016!


Electrician Apprenticeship Open House

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VOTR is hosting an electrician apprenticeship open house on Dec 22, 2015, or 12/22/2015. We will leave from VOTR HQ and a few other locations and arrive in Laurel, MD at some time there after. Interested parties should call Ms. Burley to the participant list.  We will provide a light breakfast snack to those who join VOTR on the day of the open house.

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Apprenticeship Open House Flyer

VOTR Holiday Party will take place on Tuesday, December 22 at 6:00 PM at the Empowerment Center

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Giving Tuesday is Dec 1, 2015. We invite you to make a donation of time or service to VOTR on or before that date!

Giving Tuesday is Dec 1, 2015. We invite you to make a donation of time or service to VOTR on or before that date!

The Veterans of Veterans On the Rise Need Your Support

America has come a long way in advancing the fight to end homelessness in veterans. Our country has gone from having 200,000 veterans on the streets to having an estimated 41,000 remaining, many of which have at least been identified. In a country that boasts over two million veteran related service organizations, only a small number of those organizations focus on ending veteran homelessness. Veterans On the Rise, a 501(c)3, is an African American operated, non-profit organization with a diverse staff that provides assistance to homeless veterans and veteran families through a housing first and a transitional model. Three veterans founded VOTR after they completed homeless programs with the general homeless population in 1999. VOTR is unique because there are less than 10 veteran programs that provide housing, mental healthcare and other holistic services in one location. VOTR residents have come into the housing programs after experiencing short or extended periods of homelessness or other forms of transition, job loss, extended illness, etc. VOTR also addresses the vocational skills of veterans by getting them placed into jobs in the electrical, medical, construction, and hospitality fields.

How You Can Help

Donating to the VOTR Giving Tuesday #VOTRAnnualFundCampaign! is a wonderful way to go beyond saying, “Thank you for your service!” The donations should be made on of by Giving Tuesday,December 1. Your contribution will help us to continue the VOTR Mission of helping support those who served. #VOTRAnnualFundCampaign!

Why your support matters

Meet VOTR graduate D.C. who was able to change and rebalance his life at VOTR. After taking a short time to refocus, he was able to increase his VA benefits and set an academic path to success. He did this while dealing with the physical and psychological impacts of dealing with a Traumatic Brain Injury that went undiagnosed for 15 years.


Spirit of Caring Month with Avalon Bay

During the month of September VOTR welcomes employees and execs from Avalon Bay for multiple days of service. These volunteers will paint, build cubbies, and lend their carpentry skills to help make VOTR living spaces for veterans to look even more wonderful than they currently do!  VOTR is so grateful for the spirit of service, caring, and generosity of sponsors like Avalon Bay!  Who have you served today?

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Avalon Bay, Spirit of Caring, power washing vet homes, painting, community service.

Happy Hour Fundraiser for VOTR

Date: July 22, 2015

Location: Bar Dupont 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us for an evening to celebrate the wonderful work of Veterans On the Rise.  Proceeds of the event to benefit the Welcome Back Incarcerated Veterans Mentoring Program. This program is changing the lives of veterans through mentoring, green building vocational programs, and general attention to what veteran need to rebuild their lives.

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Mentoring Program Training

August 24th, September 16th

Mentors of the Welcome Back Incarcerated Veterans Mentoring Program are required to complete 7 hours of training before being assigned to mentor a veteran involved with the criminal justice system. VOTR hosts periodic training sessions for newly joining mentors once the have successfully completed their mentor application and required screenings. Contact the VOTR office to join us this month!  We are so excited to work with our second cohort of mentors and mentees.

VOTR will provide a cosmetic make over day for female veterans in the month of June

Date: Rescheduled

Are you putting your best self forward? VOTR is working in partnership with a local stylist to provide hair and make up overviews to the female veterans served. If you are interested in volunteering for this event on the day of please connect with us using the volunteer button on this site.

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Spirit of Caring Month with Volunteers from a large major real estate development corporation combined with two cookouts for veterans and volunteers

Dates: 9/21, 9/23, 9/26, and 9/30.  This is an opportunity for conversation, community service,  food enjoyment and encouragement for the veteran population. If your group would like to host one of our monthly veteran meal efforts please reach out to us at info@vetsontherise.org.