Annual Holiday Food Drive - December 15, 2013
             
  As part of our annual tradition, VT Seva DC organized Annual Holiday Food drive event on December 15, 2013 in partnership with Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Washington DC. We are happy to report that VT Seva DC exceeded our target goal of 300 pounds of food items and was able to collect and donate 441 pounds of non-perishable vegetarian canned food items with generous support from parents and members. Collected items were donated in person to our regional Capital Area Food Bank at Lorton, VA. We sincerely thank all the volunteers, members, parents, and most importantly our youth who made the service activity a grand success.

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DC Central Kitchen Service Activity - November 2, 2013
             
  On Saturday, November 2, 2013 our VT Seva DC Branch organized a major service activity at DC Central Kitchen on the occasion of our founder HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji's Birthday celebrations. With enthusiastic participation from over 18 volunteers, this event was a big success. Those who could not participate on the day extended their full support to the event wholeheartedly by spreading the word and marketing the campaign to our membership base.

A Thank you note from DC Central Kitchen

Michael F. Curtin, Jr., CEO of DC Central Kitchen wrote "Thanks so much for volunteering with DC Central Kitchen! I hope you had a great experience. Your time and hard work in the kitchen resulted in 5,000 meals to feed individuals at DC Central Kitchen's partner agencies, including other nonprofits, homeless shelters, and halfway homes."

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Winter Blitz Chess Tournament - Jan 12, 2014
             
  VT Seva DC hosted the Winter Blitz Chess Tournament for the 2013-14 season for the 32 highest rated chess players in attendance. The event was attended with a lot of enthusiasm by all our young participants. Trophies were awarded for the top 5 positions.

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  Dharitri Divas  Apr 21, 22  2012
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
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April 21st, 2012
VT Seva, Washington DC celebrated the Earth Day 2012 at Claude Moore Park, Sterling VA.

The children and parents took a tour of the Nature Museum at the park. The park volunteers showed and explained about the live animals normally found in the park trails. Park authority also explained, How to preserve the greenery, take care of the surroundings, stay alert with animals encountered in the day to day life like snakes, turtles, beavers, deers etc.
Children were shown how to identify poison ivy and stay away from it. All the participants in the park cleanup had a great time walking through trails while cleaning up the trash. Kids were thrilled to learn that they were walking in the same trail once used by the most famous person of the United States, none other than the first President George Washington.

All the kids drew and colored the Earth Day pictures. They also prepared poster boards with great enthusiasm using the “R3 theme” - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Thanks to Mr.Srinivas for teaching the children prepare kites and fly them. This was a lot of fun and brought childhood memories back to all the parents. Kids were very excited to prepare the kites from scratch and fly them.

At the end of the day, kids went home with clay pots with soil and spring bulbs seeds, Reusable bags, Certificates and Kites.

VT Seva, Washington DC thanks all the parents, volunteers and members for having their children participate in this event, despite a busy weekend with  many other planned activities.

We also thank our Individual Sponsors and Business Sponsors for this event.


Academy 4 Enrichment provided Pizza.

Home Depot provided Clay Pots.

Lowes Departmental Store provided Soil
and Spring Bulb Seeds.
Harris Teeter provided Re-Usable Bags.


April 22nd, 2012
VT Seva DC partnered with National Children Center Washington DC.
For the past 3 years during Thanksgiving, VT DC encouraged the community to donate gently used clothes, books, toys and shoes to support the community in DC.
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VT Seva DC team decided to support our neighboring community in DC twice a year through the generous donations made by our Chess Club, Yoga Class and Basic Handwriting Class students. Such donations collected will support mentally challenged and under privileged families. Every year from now on, the donations will be raised for EARTH DAY and THANKSGIVING.

Thanks to all the supporters who brought in the donations.
 
  Cancer Awareness Camp  Feb, 2012

Dr. Suguna Chirla Cancer Specialist visited VT DC center to explain the risk factors of Breast and Cervical Cancer.
VT Seva DC Thanked Dr. Reena Bommasani for supporting Cancer and Health Awareness Camp, also thanked Dr.Suguna Chirla for providing her services for past three years for bringing awareness in the community about variety of cancers how we can detect and prevent before it is too late.
VT DC explained Local, National and World wide service activities through a power point presentation which captured the audience attention.



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  VT Seva DC Center - Activities report from Sep 2011 to Dec 2011  Jan, 2012

Chess club -Sep 11th– VT Seva weekly fund raising activities like Chess Club and Yoga Asana classes for the year 2011 – 2012 started with 80 students.

Sandwich program Sep 11th Every year VT Seva DC conducts Weekly Sunday Sandwich Meal program for Homeless (Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, Fairfax, VA) from September to June. For the year 2010-2011 we resumed our project from Sep 11th 2011 and will continue until June 10th 2012. Sandwich meal includes (Veg. Sandwich with Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber and Cheese, Chips, Juice and Fruit). Thanks to many donors coming forward to participate in this weekly activity.

Pledge of Allegiance: Every Sunday during Chess Club VT DC Introduced “Pledge of Allegiance” at the beginning of the Chess Club and end the class with Indian National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana”. Parents are happy that VT DC is instilling Pride in young minds towards our motherland while providing education and moral values.

Clothes, Toys and Books drive – Oct 30th 2011: VT DC is happy to say that we raised over 200 pairs of clothes, over 40 toys for The National Children Center. Thanks to the members who supported the activity for a good cause.

Support Visually challenged Students at Nethra Vidyalaya, Nov 10th 2011: VT Seva DC Center for the year 2011 – 2012 raised funds in 3 days to support 30 Nethra Vidyalaya students in Vijayanagaram. Thank you to all the members from Vijayanagaram who worked together to make this happen. Thanks to all the sponsors who came forward to support our Nethravidyalaya students.

Food Drive for “Capital Area Food Bank”, Nov 20th 2011: VT DC conducted Food Drive to two “Capital Area Food Bank” centers. We Raised over 100lbs to DC center (645 Taylor Street, NE, Washington D.C.,) and over 300 lbs to Lorton Center (6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton) to support families in need during Thanksgiving. Thanks to all the members who supported with love and passion.

“Thank a Soldier” Dec 14th 2011: VT DC is honored to extend a small token of appreciation by supporting a Soldier fighting for the Nation who is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Every year VT DC will be honoring (either Marine, Army, Air Force or Veteran who became handicapped while fighting for the Nation) for their services. Upon the request of the Marine’s family VT DC has send over 60 lbs of food and winter necessities along with a Christmas card signed by our VT students. Thanks to our volunteers for helping with the decoration, signature cards etc etc.

Christmas Gift Bags & Sandwich Meals for the Homeless, December 18th 2011: - VT DC provided 125 Christmas gift bags with winter necessities like - Towel, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Brush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturizing Lotion etc along with a lovely Christmas greeting card by our students to Washington DC Homeless Shelter (1725 Lincoln Rd, NE, Washington DC) along with 100 sandwich meals (which include Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich, Chips, Juice and Fruit) to support 100 Homeless Men for 2011 Christmas. 25 Christmas bags with 25 sandwich meals are provided to “Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter”.


VT DC is proud to provide service activities to our community like these with the funds raised by Chess club & Yoga Classes. Thanks to the Chess Club Coach Bill and Yoga teacher Srinivas ji and heart felt Thanks to many volunteers who helped in packing the sandwich meals and to all who helped in delivering all these gift bags / meals to the respective shelters.
 
  Cancer Walkathon May 22nd, 2010
VT Seva DC Branch's participation pictures
 
VT Seva Washington DC Youth Volunteers will be participating actively in this event along with their parents and families. Youth from Pre-K to 5th grade drew paintings to be laminated and used during Cancer Survior Family Dinner on May 22nd.
Below are the drawings: 
Relay for Life
VT Seva DC Branch is participating in Relay For Life, organized by American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
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Schedule & Location
May 22, 1:00 PM to May 23rd 8:30 AM
South Lakes High School 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4199

Admission
Admission is free. Just sign up and walk for a few minutes.
 
  Mother's Day - 2010  May 9th, 2010

VT Seva DC Branch celebrated Mother's Day on May 9th during Chess Club meet. Kids prepared a breakfast plate for their moms with pink doughnuts, grapes, strawberries, banana slices. Each kid and his/her mother sat opposite to each other and ate breakfast from the same plate. Kids ate pink doughnuts and so the moms had to be content with the pink juice and fruits.
 
  Seminar on Cancer Prevention and Screening May 2nd, 2010
To promote Cancer awareness, VT Seva DC Branch is conducting a seminar on "Cancer Prevention and Screening".

Schedule & Location
May 2nd, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Herndon Elementary School, 630 Dranesville Road, Herndon, VA 20170-3307

Speakers
Dr. Reena Bommasani and Dr. Suguna Chirala
 
Admission
 Free, all are welcome.
 
  Earth Day - 2010  April 25th, 2010
VT Seva Washington DC Branch celebrated Earth Day 2010 on 25th April. Youth Volunteers picked up garbage at Herndon Elementary School (in Herndon, Virginia) premises and cleared all the weeds and leaves. All 25 youth volunteers were given a book on Earth Day theme based on their grade level. All of them read one page each from the most popular book "Every Day is Earth Day" by Jane O'Connor.
The following three themes were highlighted -
1. Don't Waste Water. Get Clean, but stay green.
2. Always use a tote (shopping bag) rather than plastic bag.
3. Turn off lights and computers not in use.
All kids received a reusable metal container/mug/bottle for drinking water/juice every day to save environment from plastic bottles. They promised to bring it every week to VT Seva DC Chapter activities and drink juice instead of using individually packed juice boxes which create more garbage. A tote/bag has been ordered with VT Seva logo to be printed on it, which will arrive in 2 to 3 weeks after which every student will be given a bag, with a promise that they will use it (instead of plastic bags) and bring it to VT Seva DC chapter activities every week.
 
  Washington DC Branch at UN Food Program Mar 27th, 2010
Friends of World Food Program of Northern Virginia and DC Committees organized a fundraising and awareness event for U.N. World Food Program ("WFP") on March 27, 2010 at National Harbor across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Youth volunteers from VT Seva DC Branch participated (danced) and donated $116 for the benefit of children in Kenya and Nicaragua.

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