In the Community

United Builds: Volunteering at Food & Friends

The Black-and-Red spent the afternoon volunteering at Food & Friends
Food & Friends visit

Chris Pontius at Food & Friends volunteer event

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After an intense morning of training, midfielder Chris Pontius and goalkeeper Joe Willis joined D.C. United front office staff in volunteering at Food & Friends on Wednesday afternoon. The players and staff helped Food & Friends prepare hundreds of meals for their clients.


United Drives to collect baby essentials during March

Donations collected at March home games will benefit Community Lodgings
United Drives - March

Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that the club will collect baby essentials during the month of March to benefit Community Lodgings. Each month during the 2011 Major League Soccer season, D.C. United will collect items at every home game to benefit pre-determined non-profit organizations within the Metropolitan Area.

United Soccer Club kicks off Spring Season

After school soccer program expands to twelve sites
USC kicks off Spring Season

WASHINGTON, DC - D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., today announced the spring season kickoff of United Soccer Club. The season’s first kick is Monday, March 14 and the program will continue until June 3. Through its partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, the spring session will include 12 sites and two new middle school teams in the district metro area. United for D.C. and the U.S.

United for D.C. Luncheon Lottery

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Meet the team! Enter to win

Meet Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty, Andy Najar, Bill Hamid and the rest of the 2011 D.C. United team and coaches while supporting United for D.C.! Hosted at the historic Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, the Ninth Annual United Kickoff Luncheon is a full course lunch with current players and coaches. Head Coach Ben Olsen and club management will introduce guests to the 2011 roster and discuss the club's goals of the year.

Luncheon Lottery

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United Builds and SOME

The Black-and-Red join So Others Might Eat to serve hundreds of DC area homeless
United Builds and SOME

While the team is away training for the 2011 season, D.C. United staff and volunteers continue to make an impact in the DC community. On Tuesday, February 8, volunteers from D.C. United’s United Builds program visited So Others Might Eat (SOME) to serve hundreds of DC area homeless.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The Black-and-Red joined Greater DC Cares to help beautify Central High School
MLK Day of Service

D.C. United kicked off its 2011 United Builds program by celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Central High School in Prince George's County, MD.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Gift Distribution

Day 10 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
Salvation Army Angel Tree

D.C. United spent the final day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by returning to the Salvation Army to assist with the final day of their Angel Tree program. The Black-and-Red distributed toys and spread holiday cheer to the Angel Tree participants. In addition to the donated toys, each family received a goody bag and wrapping supplies to complete the ensemble. Over a five day period, the Salvation Army expects to distribute toys to over 6,000 underserved kids in DC.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Holiday Party for disadvantaged youth

Day 9 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
Del. Norton's Holiday Party

D.C. United spent the ninth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by heading to Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's Annual Holiday Party for disadvantaged youth. D.C. United staff and supporters entertained the guests, served lunch, and provided resources to make the party possible. This was the Black-and-Red's fifth consecutive year of participation in the event. Representatives from DC public schools and non-profit organizations were also in attendance.

Gift wrapping for United for D.C.

Day 8 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
Gift wrapping for charity

D.C. United spent the eighth day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign by helping it's own charity, United for D.C. Front office staff from the Black-and-Red where at the the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown (Washington, DC) offer gift wrapping services in exchange for donations to United for D.C. Money raised at the event helps the United Reads program.

United staff will make their annual trip to Eleanor Holmes Norton's Holiday party for disadvantaged youth on Tuesday, December 21.

Savation Army Angel Tree

Day 7 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
Savation Army Angel Tree

D.C. United completed its seventh day of the "10 Days of Giving" campaign with a visit to The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. United's staff help sort the thousands of donated toys in preparation for the Angel Tree program's toy distribution.

The Salvation Army is still in need of Angels to be adopted, visit to learn more or adopt.

D.C. United staff head to the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown on Friday, December 10 for the eighth day of volunteering. The Black-and-Red will wrap gifts for customers.

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