United Drives to collect baby essentials during March

Donations collected at March home games will benefit Community Lodgings

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.

Founded in 1987 by eight Alexandria churches, Community Lodgings is an independent, non-profit organization that works to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through their Transitional Housing Program and Youth & Adult Education Programs, held at the Fifer Family Learning Center.

A D.C. United Challenge has been established to help encourage and create an opportunity for elementary and middle schools to give back to the community. It provides a competition between D.C. area schools to collect the greatest amount of United Drives items each month. The monthly winners will receive a pizza party with a D.C. United Player to celebrate the schools’ achievement. If your institution is interested in taking The Challenge, please contact D.C. United's Community Relations Department.

Additionally, all fans that donate an item will receive a "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket voucher, redeemable for that day’s match or another 2011 regular season home game. The collection bin on game days is located outside RFK Stadium’s Gate A, and is open from two hours prior to the game until 15 minutes after kick-off.

Donations are also accepted in the D.C. United offices on non-game days, located on the fourth floor of Gate A. This season marks the eighth year of the United Drives campaign, which collects much-needed items to help with each beneficiary’s mission.

For more information on United Drives or any of D.C. United’s community initiatives, please call (202) 587-5000.