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In Memory of 15 ASMC members killed in the Pentagon attack.  9/11/2001

Victim's Relief Fund

    


2014

   

Saturday, June 7th

ASMC Community Service Event
Saturday, June 7, 2014
10 AM – 2 PM
1212 S. Irving Street, Arlington, VA 22204

We Need Your Help for a Community Service Home Improvement Project!

 We invite you to join your fellow ASMC Washington Chapter members give back to the community. We will be helping Community Residences, a non-profit organization, refresh an assisted living property for individuals with disabilities.

 We need 12-20 volunteers, to help with exterior landscaping, painting of a front porch and staining a fence.

 Community Residences will provide equipment and materials. Volunteers may bring any extra tools they think will be useful as well as their own gardening gloves (although some will be provided). We advise you to wear something you do not mind getting dirty.

 Feel free to bring along family and friends to help!

 To sign up, please send an email with your name, email address, and phone number to Billy Fisher, fellow ASMC Washington Chapter member at: billy.fisher@metrostrat.com 

 Additional info about Community Residences can be found at http://communityresidences.org

   

Friday, May 2nd


ASMC Community Service Event
Friday, May 2, 2014
9 AM – 12 Noon
4940 Canal Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007

 Join fellow ASMC Washington Chapter members by helping to beautify the C&O Canal National Historic Park from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday May 2, 2014.  We will be helping at 4940 Canal Road, NW, Washington, DC, which is one of many locations within the C&O Canal National Historic Park.

 Volunteers will meet by the boathouse in the lower parking lot at 9:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Be sure to wear old jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts.

 There are 50 spots available and friends and family members are welcome to join you!

 To sign up, please send an email with your name, email address, and phone number to Jennifer Hughes, fellow ASMC Washington Chapter member at: jahughes@kpmg.com

 Additional info about C&O Canal National Historic Park can be found at

http://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

 

 

2013

September 6, 2013

Washington Chapter Assembles Travel Packages for the USO

 The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, that relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities.   The USO’s mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  One USO program that lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families is the care package program. Several Washington Chapter ASMC members spent the afternoon of September 6, 2013 assembling over 120 travel packages that included travel sized shampoo, lotion, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, and other personal items.  The USO plans to distribute the travel care packages at Washington area airports to U.S. troops and their families that are traveling.   

 

 Jeff

Jeff Norris
Community Service Committee Chair

 

2011

December 4, 2011

Community Service Event

The ASMC Washington Chapter is sponsoring a visit to a local Nursing and Rehabilitation facility.  The facility is located at 8000 Iliff Drive, Dunn Loring, VA 22027 (located  near Idylwood Drive off of Gallows Road) and the visit will begin at 2:00pm on December 4, 2011.  We’ll provide the residents with our good company and conversation, and top it off with serving ice cream treats.  Chapter volunteers are needed to make this a worthwhile event.  If you would like to participate, please contact Roxanne Anthony, the Chapter Community Service Chair, at 703-614-7927 or Roxanne.anthony@pentagon.af.mil

Please post the Flyer and encourage Washington Chapter members to attend.

 

March 17, 2011

On Thursday, March 17th, at the National Capital Region PDI, ASMC Washington Chapter Chair of the NCR PDI, Ms. Debra Del Mar, presented $10,000 to the Pentagon Memorial Fund. This second Chapter donation was in memory of all of the victims of the 9/11 attack including fifteen members of the Washington Chapter:

  • Angelene Carter, Department of the Army
  • Dr. Gerald Fisher
  • Brenda Gibson, Department of the Army
  • Peggie Hurt, Department of the Army
  • Brenda Kegler, Department of the Army
  • David Laychak, Department of the Army
  • Robert Maxwell, Department of the Army
  • Patricia Mickley, DIA
  • Diana Padro, Department of the Army
  • Rhonda Rasmussen, Department of the Army
  • Edward Rowenhorst, Department of the Army
  • Robert Russell, Department of the Army
  • Chuck Sabin, DIA
  • Sandra Taylor, Department of the Army
  • Willie Troy, Department of the Army

Letters of thanks from the President and Board member of the Pentagon Memorial Fund

 

2009    Community Service Events

The ASMC Washington Chapter will be volunteering for the 3rd year at the Hands on DC Annual Work-a-thon on Saturday, April 25th.  This community service project will take place from 0900 to 1500 in Washington, DC.  We will be making Maury Elementary School (DC Capital Hill Area) shine this year and we would love to have your help.  It is a wonderful way to give back to the community and meet other chapter members.

To sign-up to join the ASMC National Capital Region team, please email asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com with your full name, email address, and phone number.  Volunteer sign-up closes 16 APR 2009 so sign-up soon!  Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and all minors (those under 18) must be accompanied for the entire day by a parent.

This is a hands-on day of projects so expect to get a bit dirty.  Projects in the past have included painting, planting, mulching, organizing, etc. No experience is needed (I swear) - just a willingness to give it a try and have fun.

More Info About HoDC: Hands on DC is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that organizes projects to improve the physical condition of Washington, DC public schools.  The largest event is the annual spring Work-a-Thon in which they engage over 2,000 volunteers in over 30 DC public schools. T hey also raise funds to support local college scholarship programs and encourage greater community involvement in the public schools.

Amy E. Anda
Community Service Chair
ASMC Washington Chapter
202-271-8646
 

 

GIFT PACKS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS:  Help the ASMC Washington Chapter fill gift packs for soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Medical Center.  Bring your donations to the February 18th ASMC Washington Chapter Luncheon or the NCR PDI.  Check-in and help us bring some comfort and cheer to some amazing soldiers and their families.  Each gift pack will be filled with items designed to bring a bit of comfort and recreation to soldiers and to the family members at their side at Walter Reed Medical Center.  All donated items must be new and in their original packaging.  We will only be accepting the items listed below.  For questions or additional information about this effort please contact asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com

GIFT PACK WISHLIST

  • VISA or MasterCard Gift Cards
  • Gift Cards and Gift Certificates for Groceries, Fast Food, Gasoline, Electronics, Online Vendors, Drug Stores, etc.
  • Hand-held Electronic Games by Radica or Similar
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Cotton Pajama Bottoms (Men Sizes M, L, and XL Only)
  • Baseball Caps
  • T-Shirts, Athletic Shirts, and Shorts (Men Sizes L and XL Only)
  • BPA-Free Water Bottles
  • CURRENT Issues of Magazines (Mad, Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, Computers, Electronics, etc.)
  • Toiletries (TRAVEL SIZE ONLY – No Hotel Size)
    • Shampoo and Conditioner
    • Mouthwash
    • Deodorant
    • Body Wash
    • Q-Tips
    • Hand and Body Lotion
    • Shaving Cream

 

2008    Community Service Events

AUGUST - Join the ASMC Washington Chapter on Saturday, August 9th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Ft. Belvoir as we put together USO care packages for troops serving overseas.  No experience is required - just a desire to help and have fun. Breakfast and lunch are provided and prospective members, family, and friends are invited (Note: All volunteers must be at least 13 years old).  Space is very limited - RSVP to asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com no later than Friday, July 11th.

About the USO: For more than 65 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families.  The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services.

Contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com or (202) 271-8646 for chapter community service events.

 

April 26th:  Join the ASMC Washington Chapter as we help improve the learning environment for hundreds of kids at Powell Elementary School in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 26th. Volunteers will be painting murals and sprucing up the playground and other areas inside the school from 9 AM to 2 PM. No experience (artistic or otherwise) is needed to volunteer – just a desire to give back and make this school a great place to learn. To volunteer, please contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com no later than (NLT) COB 18 APR 08.

 

 

2007  

October 20th:  Volunteers from the ASMC Washington Chapter at Ft. Belvoir put together USO care packages for troops serving overseas. 

About the USO:  For more than 65 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families.  The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services.

August 25th:   Support of USO Activities        

On August 25th, volunteers from the ASMC Washington Chapter descended on the USO Care Package warehouse on Ft. Belvoir for a fun and rewarding day of community service.  Together with other volunteers from several other area organizations, ASMC Washington Chapter volunteers put together 15,000 USO care packages in less than five hours for troops serving overseas.  Special thanks to Amy Anda, Susan Huffaker, and Shirley Simpkins for taking time to make a difference and represent the ASMC Washington Chapter so well.

 

August 15th:  School Supply Drive

The ASMC Washington Chapter collected school supplies for needy local students at the August ASMC Luncheon on 15 AUG 07.

 

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

Volunteers helped sort donated canned food and dry food items at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, May 12th and 13th.
POC:  asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com

 

Hands on DC Work-a-thon  - Saturday, April 28th

Join fellow ASMC members for the 12th Annual Hands on DC Work-a-thon.  The ASMC Volunteer Team will helped paint, landscape, and improve the condition of one of the District’s more than 150 schools during this annual one-day work-a-thon.  For additional information, please contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com

Canstruction

Volunteers are needed from approximately 9 AM to noon on Sunday, April 15th to help de-construct Canstruction, a fun design competition where architecture teams build imaginative, humorous structures entirely out of canned goods.  The exhibit at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, VA (Metro: Orange Line/Ballston) will be deconstructed with the canned goods benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). The deadline for volunteer sign-up is quickly approaching
- email asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com

2007 Books and Bunnies Project

It’s time again for our annual "Books and Bunnies" Project!  Please bring new books or stuffed animals (appropriate for elementary-age children) to the monthly luncheon on Friday, February 16th and to the ASMC National Capital Regional (NCR) Mini-PDI on Thursday, March 15th.  All items collected will be distributed to children staying in area hospitals this spring.

 

 

2006

Past Opportunities & Events

Annual ASMC “No Holiday For Hunger” Food Drive:  Canned food and non-perishable items were collected at the November Luncheon and at the Holiday Social.  Donations, many of them from the list of the most-needed items below, benefit the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).  CAFB is the largest, public nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.  Each year the CAFB distributes 20 million pounds of food, including 6 million pounds of fresh produce through over 700 member agencies.

CAFB Most Needed Items
Canned Proteins (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)
Canned Fruits (pineapples, peaches, and pears)
100% Fruit Juices (All sizes including juice boxes)
Pastas and Sauces (spaghetti sauce)
Canned Vegetables (mixed, green beans, corn)
Soups (beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey rice)
Cereal (cheerios, cornflakes, grapenuts, raisin bran)
Diapers
Deodorants for men and women
Toilet paper
Tissues
Soap
Toothpaste
Shampoo

 

Due to lack of Chapter member response!
Capital Area Food Bank Hands-On Project: 
Join us on Wednesday, November 29th from 6:30-8:30 PM for an exciting hands-on volunteer project at the Capital Area Food Bank (645 Taylor St., NE; Washington, DC).  ASMC volunteers will help deliver the ASMC food drive donations and then will sort and repackage food for needy adults, children, and families.  Learn more about the food bank and see how donations move from donors to delivery.  This is also a great opportunity for members to socialize and network while also giving back to the community.  Please RSVP to asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com no later COB on Wednesday, November 15th.
 

USO Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Re-cap:  Six ASMC members spent an exciting evening on August 22nd volunteering at the monthly USO of Metropolitan Washington Texas Hold 'Em Tournament at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  ASMC volunteers served as dealers and assisted injured soldiers and their families throughout the evening.  It was a great success and a ton of fun!  Thank you to the following ASMC members for their incredible support, enthusiasm, and participation- Charlotte Beacham, Melinda Graves, Irene Hall, Dick Reed, and Jennifer Sizemore.  We look forward to growing our relationship with the USO and our chapter’s commitment to the community.  If you are interested in future chapter volunteer opportunities with the USO please email Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com .

Capital Area Food Bank:  ASMC members worked an exciting hands-on volunteer project at the Capital Area Food Bank (645 Taylor St., NE; Washington, DC) on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30-8:30 PM.  ASMC volunteers helped sort and repackage food for needy adults, children, and families. This was a great opportunity for members to socialize and network while also giving back to the community.  For more information, please contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com

Annual Bunnies & Books Drive:  New stuffed animals and/or books (appropriate for elementary-age children) were collected at the monthly luncheon on February 8, 2006.  All donated items were distributed in March and early April to children staying at local children’s hospitals. For more information, please contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 29th, 2006
ASMC members worked the 11th Annual Hands on DC Work-a-thon.  The ASMC Volunteer Team helped paint, landscape, and improve the condition of one of the District’s more than 150 schools during this annual one-day work-a-thon.  For additional information, please contact Amy Anda at asmcdcvolunteer@yahoo.com.

 


January 16, 2004

Community Service Report

First let me tell you about the things we already did, and then some exiting new programs we are undertaking in the next 3 months.

As you know we collected food for Carpenter’s Shelter and Toys for Tots at our Holiday Social in December.  The Shelter thanked us profusely for the food we donated.  Please see the complete report on Toys for Tots distribution to the children of Pentagon cleaning crews in the Chapter Photo Album.

When I mentioned to one of our members that we were buying books for the children because many needed help with reading and English, he offered to teach the parents English as a Second Language.  So that is one of our newest community service project.  We are setting put one or possibly more classes since there are three companies, to teach English.  We already have several volunteers willing to teach or willing to learn to teach.  The companies will let us use their locker rooms for the classroom.  We anticipate that the class will either be in the late afternoon so as to be at the end of the shift of the day crews and before the shift of the night crews.  Another alternative may be around lunch time.  If we can, will get donated books, or if we have to buy the supplies, I’m sure the Chapter will provide the funds either in whole or in part.  More on this later as details are worked out.

We will, as usual collect stuffed animals for our “Bunnies for Babies” project both at the February luncheon and the mini-PDI in March.  These are given to children who are sick or hospitalized around Easter at the Service hospitals or clinics in the metro-DC area.

In addition, we are joining in the community service project that the Association of Government Accounts organized in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Chapter of ASMC and the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross.  We will be providing “Presents for Patients.”  When service personnel are injured in our wars, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan and flown to either Walter Reed or Bethesda Naval hospitals, they do not get to bring their personal belongings with them.  So we will be collecting the following items or anything that compares to them:  telephone cards, note cards & stamps, disposable cameras, and electric razors.  Items need to be new.  Please bring them to the February Luncheon or to the mini-PDI.  Or send me an email and we’ll make arrangements to pick them up at other locations.  This project was started by Mr. James Davis of the Army Audit Agency.  His brother was in Iraq just before the holidays.  Although he has safely returned since, the project will go forward, and we will appreciate your help and contributions.

Clara Weston,
Community Service Chair
Washington Chapter of ASMC


November 26, 2003

Thanks to all the members who brought food to the November luncheon and donated funds.  We donated it all to the Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria.  In addition to the food and a $25.00 Giant Food gift card, I received $76.00 which we used to purchase many of the food items on the shelter's list of "Specific Continuing Needs"  and bought another $20 gift card.   Thanks also to our members in the Coast Guard who took the contributions with them until I came back from a family emergency.  The Shelter's thanks is included below.

Anyone who has not yet decided to complete their pledge to the Combined Federal Campaign, can designate the Carpenter's Shelter for all or part of their donation by designating agency 8228.  But don't just take my word for what a great organization this is, visit their website:  www.carpentersshelter.org  This would reinforce our commitment to serving our community and help the Shelter a great deal. 

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends, and get ready to help with Toys for Tots collection at the Holiday Social and distribution in the Pentagon in December. 

Clara Weston, Community Service Chair

From: Fran Becker
Sent:
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:14 PM
To: Weston, Clara J Ms ASA-FM
Subject: RE: Food Donation

Thank you Clara and all the great folks at ASMC for your very generous donation of much needed food.  Right after you left, a formerly homeless family came by for supplemental food for their Thanksgiving meal and we immediately gave them the some of the food you had just delivered.  The family had lived at Carpenter's for almost a year and now lives in the community, both parents working hard to buy a home of their own.  Ms. "M" gave me a warming hug and thanked us, over and over again, for continuing to help her family.  She said that Carpenter's "was our lucky home" where [they] were given love and hope in a time of despair. 

Thank YOU ALL for continuing to help us help others!  Happy (and safe) Holidays to all!

Fran Becker
Executive Director
Carpenter's Shelter
930 N. Henry Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
(703) 548-7500, ext. 202
(703) 548-3167 Fax

 


October 17, 2003

On Friday, October 17th, the President of the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), Captain George Asseng, presented $1,500 to the Pentagon Memorial Fund at a meeting of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Family Steering committee. This Chapter donation was in memory of all of the victims of the 9/11 attack including fifteen members of the Washington Chapter:

  • Angelene Carter, Department of the Army
  • Dr. Gerald Fisher
  • Brenda Gibson, Department of the Army
  • Peggie Hurt, Department of the Army
  • Brenda Kegler, Department of the Army
  • David Laychak, Department of the Army
  • Robert Maxwell, Department of the Army
  • Patricia Mickley, DIA
  • Diana Padro, Department of the Army
  • Rhonda Rasmussen, Department of the Army
  • Edward Rowenhorst, Department of the Army
  • Robert Russell, Department of the Army
  • Chuck Sabin, DIA
  • Sandra Taylor, Department of the Army
  • Willie Troy, Department of the Army

We were privileged to work with these professionals and to be able to honor their memory through this donation.

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(left to right) Michael Sullivan (Pentagon Renovation Program Manager),
Jim Laychak (President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc),
CAPT George Asseng (President Washington Chapter), and
Ms. Sandra White (USMC Service Representative Washington Chapter).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Pentagon Memorial Team officially welcomed Centex Lee LLC as the design-build team responsible for completing the Pentagon Memorial Project on August 15, 2003.  The Memorial Fund has received $369,000 in donations, but it will cost $1.5 million to begin the project.  The entire project will cost $11.5 million to complete.

For more information on the Pentagon Memorial: http://memorial.pentagon.mil

Congress has authorized the development of a Pentagon Memorial honoring the 184 who perished in the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Pentagon Memorial will be built entirely from gifts and contributions.  Family members have established a not-for-profit corporation "Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc." to raise the funds to build and maintain the Memorial.

... making the vision a reality.


COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) - If you work in the National Capitol Region or at an overseas location you may contribute through the CFC by using agency code 1200-911.

Or you may contribute by mailing your donation to:

Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 6285
Arlington, VA 22206

Make checks payable to "Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc".
All donations are tax deductible.

 

Artist Peter Max has designed a poster to benefit the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

The poster will be available for purchase at www.petermax.com and www.att.com/mil

 


June 30, 2003

 

 

 

In response to the Chapter's donation, Carpenter's Shelter sent this nice Thank-you.    


March/April 2003    

Clara Weston's report with pictures of the Bunnies for Babies distribution is posted in the Chapter Photo Album.]


March 8, 2003      [Clara Weston's report with pictures of the H4H Community Service event on March 8th is posted in the Chapter Photo Album.]

Habitat for Humanity logoHabitat for Humanity

On Saturday, March 8th, ASMC will join forces with Northern Virginia H4H to work on another project.  ASMC participation is restricted.  Volunteers which will be accepted on first come, first served basis. All volunteers must be over the age of 16 to participate.

Contact Clara Weston to volunteer!

After you have verified your attendance with Clara download this packet
It contains additional information needed.
Fill out the waiver and bring it with you. 
We are making arrangements to have lunch delivered.

Thanks for your interest and service.

POC:
Clara Weston
Washington Chapter Community Service Committee Chair
(703) 692-7866
email: weston@erols.com


Food items that were donated by Chapter members at our Holiday Social were given to the
Their letter thanking the Chapter

     October 26, 2002

CANCELLED due to Weather

Habitat for Humanity logoHabitat for Humanity

On Saturday, October 26th, ASMC will join forces with Northern Virginia H4H to work on the Stevenson Street project.  ASMC participation is restricted to 15 volunteers which will be accepted on first come, first served basis. All volunteers must be over the age of 16 to participate.

What is Habitat? H4H is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat has built 60,000+ houses around the world providing more than 300,000 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at not profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans.  Monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving fund used to build additional homes. More information is available at http://www.hfhnv.org.

What would I be doing? Depending on the stage of construction, you might be called upon to tackle any aspect of home building. Volunteers receive instruction and coaching from experienced H4H volunteers. No particular construction skills are necessary although they are welcome. In the past, ASMC volunteers have installed and taped dry wall, hung doors and windows, done preliminary roof work, painted, hammer, cleaned - you name it.

 Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4161 Stevenson Street in Fairfax at 8:30 a.m. for sign-in and other administrative details.  Please be on time, the work-site will close at 9:30 a.m.  Please download and bring the liability waiver with you to the work site.  HFHNV expects everyone to commit to working an entire day unless there is an emergency or other pre-arrangements.  Work will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Please visit mapquest.com for directions to the site.  Parking sites are listed on the H4H website, hfhnv.org.  Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing.  Since we will be on an open field initially, everyone should use sunscreen and wear some kind of head covering. 

What should I bring? Volunteers should wear work clothes.   Work boots or thick-soled tennis shoes are recommended – no open toed sandals are allowed on siteTools and gloves are provide, but you may bring your own as well. Ladies - bring gloves if you've got them as most on site are for large hands. Habitat will provide water, lunch and restrooms.

How do I sign up?
Call or e-mail Clara Weston, Community Service Chair, at the number or e-mail listed below.  Please provide your name, work phone, organization and e-mail address.  Sign up soon - we've only got 15 slots.

Clara Weston
Washington Chapter Community Service Committee Chair
(703) 692-7866
email: weston@erols.com

Habitat for Humanity memo to Volunteers        Liability Waiver


June 2002            [Clara Weston's report with pictures of the ASMC / Points of Light partnership Community Service event on June 20th is posted in the Chapter Photo Album.]

ASMC Members,

        The memo below from ASMC National HQ discusses the partnership between ASMC and the Points of Light Foundation to honor victims of the September 11th attacks through community service projects in their name and asks Washington Chapter to participate.

        I spoke at length with Ms. Jean Berg of the Arlington Volunteer Center yesterday. The June 20th event is an actual two hour (9:30 to 11:30) community service project and not a meeting. They plan to sort and stack food for the Arlington food bank and build shelving, sort clothing for size and put it on the new shelving, and build chicken wire storage areas for folks who use the shelter.

This facility actually serves and served those who lost their jobs and housing immediately after September 11, who used to work at the airport, tourist industries and so forth.

        The challenges include no parking close by and that this is during the middle of the work day. I will be driving my van that can take 5 other volunteers and some tools. This facility is in an industrial area of Shirlington. Other events will be scheduled at future, yet undetermined times and places.

        If you can spare about 3 hours on the morning of 20 June, please let me know by email or phone, so I can arrange for transportation. I would at least like to fill my van with volunteers. We would also like one photographer, or at least the camera for this event. Clara.Weston@hqda.army.mil (703) 692-7866

Thanks.
Clara Weston
Washington Chapter Community Service Committee Chair

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June 6, 2002

Memorandum for Washington and Mt Vernon Chapters, ASMC
Dear Colleagues:

        During the National Council meeting at the ASMC Professional Development Institute, General McCall announced that ASMC had entered a partnership with the Points of Light Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for the purpose of supporting the Unity in Spirit of America Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to honor victims of the September 11th attacks through community service projects in their name. As you know, ASMC lost fourteen members in the Pentagon attack and we are looking for ways to pay tribute to their memory.
        President George Bush gave the USA initiative official status on January 10, 2002 when he signed legislation charging the Points of Light Foundation with organizing several thousand volunteer projects, each to be named in honor of one or more of those who lost their lives in the attacks. In accordance with our tradition of community service, ASMC will participate in these projects.
        A kickoff event will be held on June 20th, 2002 from 0900 - 1100 in each of thirteen cities where a ceremony will be held and a project started. Arlington, Va. will be one of the kickoff cities. The Arlington event Coordinator is Ms. Jean Berg of the Arlington Volunteer Center who can be reached at (703) 228-1760 or by e mail at volunteer@co.arlington.va.us. Please contact her for details. I hope the Washington and Mount Vernon chapters will be able to be represented at the kickoff and will be able to support this initial project with volunteers. It would be really great if you had a few photos of this for the Armed Forces Comptroller since we will be doing an article in the next magazine. Please let me know if you can/cannot participate.
        In the future, arrangements will be made for individual chapters to select and register community service projects under the aegis of the USA initiative. We are counting on your continued support. Many thanks!!


MAY 2002

 

  carpenter's shelter title

At our Luncheon on May 15, 2002 we will be collecting items that are on the wish list of the Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, VA.  Please bring any of these items to the luncheon or drop them off in Room 3D349 in the Pentagon.

Items in bold type are especially needed at this time, but anything on this list or related items are welcome and will help.  If you prefer to contribute funds please make checks payable to ASMC.   Corporate donations are also greatly appreciated.

Coffee Drink Mixes (tea, lemonade, etc.) Juices
Juice Boxes Children’s Snacks Soups
Baby wipes Batteries (all sizes) Balls, Frisbees
Pump for balls Metro passes Bus tokens
Soap Socks
Shower shoes/flip flops Blankets, sheets & towels
Toothbrushes Diapers, especially larger sizes Cold and flue medicine (alcohol-free)
New Children’s underwear and socks – all sizes
 New Women’s underwear/undershirts – small, medium, large and X-large
New Men’s underwear and t-shirt, especially larger sizes
Small, inexpensive gifts for birthdays, etc.

Special Volunteer Needs

GED Tutors:
They are initiating a GED program in the near future.  Volunteers are needed to help administer the assessment test and with tutoring their residents.

Weekday Evenings Activity Volunteers:
If you love working with children and have a lot of energy, Carpenter’s activity hour is for you!  Play games with the kids or help with homework.  Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m.

Check out their web site at:  http://www.carpentersshelter.org/
or call Clara Weston, Community Service Co Chair, (703) 692-7866;  email: weston@erols.com


FEBRUARY and MARCH 2002

The Chapter is collecting new stuffed animals and toys that will be distributed to children at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Medical Center.

Bring new "Bunnies" to February Luncheon (2/20/02) and to the Symposium (3/20/02).


FEBRUARY 2, 2002

Habitat for Humanity logoHabitat for Humanity

On Saturday, February 2nd, ASMC will join forces with Northern Virginia H4H to continue work on a multi townhome project on Stevenson Street in Fairfax.  Construction is well under way with trusses and roof sheathing installed in November, windows in December and HVAC, electricity and plumbing in January.  All work on the 2nd will be done inside and away from the elements. ASMC participation is restricted to 20 volunteers which will be accepted on first come, first served basis. All volunteers must be over the age of 16 to participate.

What is Habitat? H4H is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat has built 60,000+ houses around the world providing more than 300,000 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at not profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans.  Monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving fund used to build additional homes. More information is available at www.hfh.org.

What would I be doing? Depending on the stage of construction, you might be called upon to tackle any aspect of home building. Volunteers receive instruction and coaching from experienced H4H volunteers. No particular construction skills are necessary although they are welcome. In the past, ASMC volunteers have installed and taped dry wall, hung doors and windows, done preliminary roof work, painted, hammer, cleaned - you name it.

Volunteers should plan to arrive at 8:30 as work begins at 9:00 and continues until 4:00.

What should I bring? Volunteers should wear warm work clothes and boots or sturdy shoes to the work site. Tools and gloves are provide, but you may bring your own as well. Ladies - bring gloves if you've got them as most on site are for large hands. Habitat will provide water, lunch and restrooms.

How do I sign up?
Call or e-mail Shannon Kentner, Community Service Chair, at the number or e-mail listed below.  Please provide your name, work phone, organization and e-mail address.  Sign up soon - we've only got 20 slots.

Shannon Kentner
Kentners@nima.mil
(301) 227-0151

Driving and Parking Directions for Stevenson Street

From I 495 to I 66W:
Take exit 57A onto Route 50 East
Turn right on Waples Mill Road (traffic light)
Turn left on Government Center Parkway (traffic light)
Turn right onto Stevenson Street

Traveling West on Route 50:
Turn left on Shirley Gate Road/Waples Mill Road (traffic light)
Turn left on Government Center Parkway (traffic light)
Turn right on Stevenson Street

From Route 236:
At Kamp Washington Shopping Center go straight on Route 50
Follow as above

From Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100):
Take Route 29 East
Turn left on Waples Mill Road (traffic light)
Turn right on Government Center Parkway (traffic light)
Turn right on Stevenson Street

PARKING:
At K-Mart: Instead of turning on Waples Mill Road/Shirley Gate Road
Turn South on Jermantown Road
Turn right into K-Mart Shopping Center
Go to the back side of the K-Mart Parking lot and park
At Burlington Coat Factory: From Route 29, turn onto Stevenson Street
Drive to the end of Stevenson Street, cross Government Center Parkway intersection and drive into parking area
At EOP-Fair Oaks Plaza: From Route 50, take a right on Waples Mill Road and a right onto Random Hills Road to outdoor parking at 11350 Random Hills Road

 


    Obtain and distribute Toys to the children of the firms that provide cleaning services  in the Pentagon through Toys for Tots of the Marine Corps.  December 18-21, 2001.

We have four firms that do cleaning work in the Pentagon.  They are Chimes, Tri-Ark Industries, Patriarch Inc. and DidLake Inc.  All four have been contacted and we have their location, POC and Holiday Party information.  The cleaning firms have trucks that can be used inside the building to move toys from the sorting to the distribution area.  They have agreed to help and make their trucks and drivers available for this project.

We need members who can donate several hours, on the 19th and 20th to sort the toys we picked up from the Marine Corps on the 18th into age/sex groups and match them to the labels for each child.  Need 15 - 20 folks in the Pentagon who don't need escorts or who work in pairs with a person who can escort.

Need one or two photographers who can take pictures of toys arriving, and the workers sorting the toys, and on the 21st when the toys are delivered to the parents.

Need three teams of at least two each on the 21st to go with the toys to each firm and participate in distributing the toys and take pictures of the employees receiving the toys.  Need at least three cameras, probably disposables work best for this, but I'll leave that up to the Chapter Photographers.

Contact:
Clara Weston
3D349
703-692-7866
Clara.Weston@HQDA.Army.Mil

 


Spring 2001


Habitat for Humanity logoA Chapter Community Service project was held on Saturday, February 12th.  This was an effort with Habitat for Humanity.

    On Saturday, 12 February 2000, a few heart  members of the Washington Chapter gathered in the Nauck community of Arlington, VA to spend the day working on a Habitat for Humanity project.  Despite the cold and a few snow flurries, we found many ways to stay warm and even a few ways to leave our mark on Unit #8.  The OUSD(C) dynamic duo of Ron Garant and Charlie Cook fashioned a nifty cabinet to protect exposed pipes in the living room while a combined DFAS, Navy and NIMA effort framed in a stairwell and doorway on the main level.  DFAS volunteers Bill Blumberg and Hyesuk Bellino left lasting impressions with a sledge hammer and the largest hammer on the work site.  A neighboring until borrowed our lone Air Force volunteer for her drywall expertise, but mostly the ASMC volunteers stuck together and got to know each other a little bit better.

    At the Nauck site, Habitat is currently constructing 8 townhouse units for low-income families.  We were fortunate to meet and work alongside Jean-Pierre Tsinghabu (sp) whose family will one day live in Unit #8.   Jean-Pierre was working some of the 400 hours of required 'sweat equity', one of several qualifications for Habitat homeowners.  Mr. Tsinghabu has enjoyed watching his own home grow from the ground up and is excited about the prospect of moving in later this summer.

Watch this location for information on the next volunteer opportunity with Habitat for Humanity this spring.

Shannon Kentner
kentners@nima.mil
301-227-0148


See our Photo Album for pictures of our efforts.
    in Feb 00
    in March 99;
    in September 98.


What is Habitat for Humanity?

    H4H is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.  Habitat has built more than 60,000 houses around the world, providing more than 300,000 people with safe, decent affordable shelter. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.  Homeowner's monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving fund for H4H that is used to build additional homes.  More information about H4H, NoVa is available at http://www.hfhnv.org

What would I be doing as a volunteer?  Depending on the stage of construction, you might be called upon to tackle just about any aspect of home building.  Volunteers receive instruction and coaching from experienced H4H volunteers.  No particular construction skills are necessary although they are welcome.  In the past, ASMC volunteers have installed and taped dry wall, hung doors and windows, done preliminary roof work, painted, hammered, cleaned - you name it.  Volunteers work from 9 to 4 with ample breaks and lunch provided on site.

 


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