The Washington Center Donates to Homeless Veterans in Conjunction with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the D.C. Mayor’s Office

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The Washington Center Donates to Homeless Veterans in Conjunction with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the D.C. Mayor’s Office

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August 02, 2017

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2017

 

Contact: Lilia Dashevsky

Lilia.Dashevsky@twc.edu


Washington, D.C. --
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is proud to partner with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS) and Friendship Place, for Operation Bedroll — a donation drive collecting household goods for homeless veterans in Washington, D.C.

 

The drive was organized by Ron Aderhold and MaryIlene Schiller — participants in TWC’s Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative who are interning at NCHV — after witnessing first hand the high demand for basic household items in U.S. VETS transitional housing facilities. Aderhold and Schiller enlisted the help of nearly 360 student interns who reside at TWC’s Residential and Academic Facility to donate bed sheets, comforters, pillows and towels at the culmination of their summer term. The program will continue after the summer term.

 

“I saw an opportunity for NCHV and The Washington Center to form a partnership that would help over a thousand homeless veterans waiting to transition into permanent housing each year,” said Aderhold. Schiller added “This program will have a long lasting effect on the lives of many homeless veterans.”

 

The President of TWC, Chris Norton said: “This is a wonderful example of how The Washington Center is committed to supporting both the D.C. veteran community and our VET Initiative participants in their efforts to help their fellow veteran peers.”

 

The donation drives will be held on August 3rd and 4th from 4:00–5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 5th from 6:00–7:00 p.m.

 

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The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) -- Founded in 1975, TWC is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of universities in the United States and abroad. TWC provides selected college students from diverse backgrounds challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. The largest program of its kind, TWC has over 50,000 alumni, many of who are in leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

 

The Veteran Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative -- In 2017, TWC launched the Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative, which brought 25 student veterans from across the country to D.C. Sponsored by Prudential Financial, this 10-week professional immersion program serves as a platform for increasing veterans’ access to quality jobs and preparing them to transition from university life to the civilian working world.

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