In the Community
It's unbelievably easy to take what we have for granted. For instance: when I'm hungry, I eat. It is that simple. But, for so many others, that is not an option; it's not that simple. We can help, and today, during our First Day of Giving, we did.
D.C. United today announced that Victor Melara has been named Director of Community Relations, effective Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Melara, bilingual in English and Spanish, was born and raised in the District of Columbia and previously worked at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Discovery Communications connecting products and services to local and national communities.
D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., today announced the schedule for United Reads during the Fall of 2013. United Reads is a signature program created to encourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to read and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles. United Reads is currently in its 11th year and has distributed over 81,000 books to local elementary students in underserved communities, serving over 23,000 students through school visits.
On August 17, D.C. United and United for D.C., hosted the annual Corporate Cup. The event, which took place at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Virginia, was attended by over 150 participants and spectators.
12 teams participated in the event, which raised $7,500 for D.C. United's charitable arm, United for D.C., and the winning team was recognized at halftime of D.C. United's match on August 24 at RFK.
Congratulations to Transparent BPO (pictured above) on your victory, and thank you to idegy and The Supply Room Companies for the support!
Yesterday, D.C. United staff, along with goalkeeper Joe Willis and defender James Riley volunteered at D.C. Central Kitchen (DDCK). Together with the kitchen staff, we made meals for thousands of people in need. DCCK Volunteer Coordinator, Casey Thomasson prepped the group and explained what DCCK does for the community.
Since its inception in 1996, D.C. United has maintained a firm commitment to serving its community. With news of a permanent home in the District of Columbia, the Black-and-Red remains as dedicated as ever to the city that it has called home for more than 17 seasons. Through various community programs, and alongside its charitable arm, United for D.C., the club makes a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of people each year.
Below, read about several club- and foundation-led programs currently in place, and how they combine to have a positive effect on our hometown!
On Thursday, July 11, members of D.C. United's first team and front office staff visited the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The United Builds event, which D.C. United has participated in for a number of years, was met with bright and cheery smiles from the patients at the hospital.
Each season, MLS WORKS names Community MVPs from around the league who use soccer to help enhance their community. D.C. United's local MVP is Guy Perez of Richmond, Virginia.
Fans have the opportunity to vote to choose the Grand Prize winner. All votes must be submitted by July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the winner is eligible for the below prize package:
D.C. United today announced, through United Drives, that the program will collect donations of gently used sports equipment for Leveling the Playing Field on Saturday, June 29 before United’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Leveling the Playing Field is a charity that gives underprivileged children the chance to enjoy athletic involvement. The organization collects donations of sports equipment from colleges, county recreation departments, families and individual donors throughout the nation. The equipment will be collected when D.C. United hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC.