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It’s time to prepare for our annual Spaghetti Bingo fundraisers! The awesome fun happens on February 29 and again March 7 and there are lots of ways YOU can help!

Spread the word, VOLUNTEER or donate SUPPLIES, PRIZES, AUCTION ITEMS, or BAKED GOODS.

Spaghetti Bingo
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Saturday March 7, 2020

 6-9 PM
Lyon Park Community Center
414 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

For more information or to buy tickets, visit: https://www.homewardtrails.org/news/spaghetti-bingo-tickets-are-now-on-sale
Space is limited and we always have a sell-out crowd so get your tickets today if you are planning to attend!

Tell your friends and family too! https://www.facebook.com/events/971566276363630

 

VOLUNTEER Friday or Saturday Either Weekend

If you are interested in volunteering, here is a list of our volunteer needs. Email Laura at specialevents@homewardtrails.org if you can help. Feel free to sign up for more than one shift. Saturday evening volunteers will get a chance to eat & bid in the silent auction too. Please help us pack & clean everything up at the end if you can! We should be done between 10-11pm.

GENERAL SET-UP
Help cart in supplies & set up tables & chairs. Set up prize display, registration table, silent auction, drink station, bingo supplies, decorations, etc. Set up & test/troubleshoot AV equipment. 
Any part of FRI 2-8:30pm &/or SAT 2-5pm.

FOOD PREP
Help with cooking spaghetti, preparing salad and garlic bread & setting up & replenishing the food buffet. Wash pots & pans, etc.
Any part of FRI 2-8:30pm &/or SAT 2-6pm, 5-11pm or 5:30-9pm.

BINGO CALLERS
Charismatic volunteers needed to take turns calling the bingo games. Instructions & some suggested scripting will be provided in advance.
SAT 5-9pm

CHECK-IN/OUT & SALES
Check in guests, sell bingo cards & raffle tickets, help guests with silent auction check-out, etc.
SAT 5-11pm or 5:30-9pm

GENERAL EVENT SUPPORT
Misc. tasks. Verify winning bingo cards, spot clean, collect trash, communicate guest comments/requests to Rebecca, spin the bingo ball dispenser, fill in for other volunteers’ breaks, restock dessert table, encourage guests to spend $, etc.
SAT 5-11pm or 5:30-9pm

BARTENDERS
(Must be 21+) Keep drinks table clean & stocked, take cash & drink tickets, open & serve wine & beer.
SAT 5-11pm or 5:30-9pm

CLEAN-UP
Help clean up, pack up supplies & cart them out to the van, put tables & chairs away, take trash out, etc.
SAT 8:30-11pm

Please let Laura know what shift or shifts you can do and a phone number to reach you the day of the event. Email specialevents@homewardtrails.org  Thank you!!

DONATE

There are many other ways you can help make this event a success. Please contact rebeccag@homewardtrails.org if you can help with any of the following.

Donate Silent Auction Items
Do you have an item of gift card to donate?  Do you have connections to a business who would like to donate goods or services?  Are you willing to help solicit donations?

Donate Bingo Prizes
Do you have fun items or small gift cards to donate for bingo prizes?  Are you willing to buy a few prizes to donate?  We will need prizes for adults and children

Donate Food and Supplies
Can you help cover the cost of food by donating spaghetti, pasta sauce, salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, soda, water or grocery store, Costco, or party store gift cards? The more we can get donated the more money we can raise for the animals!

Bake Desserts
Calling all bakers! You can get involved by donating your delicious baked goods for our dessert table. Can you help us provide a nice variety of yummy desserts by baking cookies, brownies, cupcakes etc.?  

Thank you so much for your help! We look forward to another great event!

 

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Support Homeward Trails and honor the Washington Capitals Tom Wilson, an awesome HT supporter, on Friday, December 21 at The Big Stick.

After Tom Wilson went down in Vegas fans nationwide had tons to say about it. The Big Stick decided to make lemons into lemonade and hold a fundraiser for one of his favorite charities – Homeward Trails! A $10 donation to HT gets you access to exclusive drink options including a Reeves (cheap) shot (1 cent), a rock the red old fashioned, 50 cent wings and a Hellbender Beer Red Line kick the keg (if you kick it you get a prize). There will also be some great raffle items up for grabs.

What a great opportunity to have a last minute holiday get together with friends and support a great cause and a great guy!

Fundraiser Honoring Tom Wilson
Friday, December 21
5:00-7:00 PM
The Big Stick
20 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Still looking for unique gift items and cute Christmas cards? Check out 12 Past & Designs! You can purchase items online or visit their booth at the H Street Holiday Pop Up on December 15 and 22. A portion of the proceeds from all items sold will be donated to Homeward Trails
H Street Holiday Pop Up
December 15 and 22
12 pm – 7 pm
417 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Upstairs (Above Sidamo Coffee)

Door mats

Custom yoga mats

Holiday cards

Homeward Trails has the purr-fect gift for the animal lover in your life who has everything – our Happy Pawlidays card.

For all year-end donations of $100 or more, Homeward Trails will send a special Happy Pawlidays card to the person of your choice informing them of your thoughtful gift. This unique card will feature your choice of dog or cat, letting your special someone know that a gift in their honor saved a life. You can also include your own personalized message.

This special gift is sure to be treasured and your tax-deductible donation will help the animals!

Simply complete the donation form below. Don’t forget to click “In Honor of” to provide the name and address of your gift recipient and add your personal message. All Happy Pawlidays cards must be ordered by Thursday, December 20th to ensure ample mailing time.

Thank you for supporting Homeward Trails this holiday season!

 

We’ve made it to the final round of voting in the Nellis Group‘s 100th Home for Charity contest. Please vote for Homeward Trails to help us have a chance to win first prize of more than $4,00 to help our animals in need. We won money the last two years and we know we can do it again with your help. Please vote once per day from now until December 11 and ask your family and friends to do the same.

 

VOTE HERE

 

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Come meet some amazing adoptable dogs on December 15 at Brown’s Manassas Subaru for the Subaru Loves Pets adoption promotion in partnership with the ASPCA!
Join us and find your fur-ever friend before the holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Brown’s Manassas Subaru
9018 Liberia Ave.
Manassas, VA 20110

All dogs adopted from this event will receive a holiday sweater & doggy goody stockings will be provided by Barkley Square

Subaru is also sponsoring a “Fill the Forrester” donation drive at this event so please fill free to bring donations for our animals to stock a Subaru Forrester full of pet food & supplies!

On December 2 bring your dog to get pictures with Santa Paws at  The Spa at Barkley Square!  For just $10 you will receive up to 10 digital files, a goodie bag for your pet and cookies and cider for the humans to enjoy.
To book your appointment please call (703) 237-3650
The $10 fee will be donated to to Homeward Trails!
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1:00-4:00 PM
The Spa at Barkley Square
105 N. Virginia Ave. #101
Falls Church, VA
Orvis and Petfinder Foundation have partnered to help match you with the dog of your dreams. When the Defender rolls into your local Orvis store, so do the pups looking for a great new home.  Homeward Trails will be participating in this nationwide event with our friends at Orvis in Clarendon on December 2. Stop by and meet our fabulous adoptable pups!
Adopt-A-Rover
December 2, 2018
1:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Orvis
2879 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

The holidays are a magical time – food, friends, family. But for some animals, it can be hard. The weather has turned cold, shelters are full, but the kitties still need help. It can also be a challenging time for animal rescues like us. We rely on wonderful fosters who open up their home to make sure our cats are well cared for, safe, warm, and ready to find their forever homes.

But the holidays can take some of our fosters away from home. Going into the holidays, we have over 125 cats in our program and due to many foster families traveling we are unable to take in more cats until we find a place for all our current kitties to go.

This year we’re hoping for some Holiday Heroes to step up and open their homes. Whether you’ve never fostered before or it’s been a while, we are looking for any animal lovers (or anyone who wants to start loving animals) in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to become fosters at least through the end of the year. It’s less than two months and a foster home can literally mean the difference between life and death for a shelter cat.

We have mellow or active; kittens or seniors; long hair or short hair; singles, pairs, or cat- and/or dog-friendly cats and can find the right fit for your situation. Supplies, training and plenty of support provided!

Click here to fill out a foster application and become a Holiday Hero today!

 

 

PawCasso 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 6-10pm, at Historic Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. Details can be found at pawcassoart.org.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and during this fabulous event. The following is a list of duties and times needed.

The event is cocktail attire so we ask all volunteers who will help DURING the event to dress appropriately.

To volunteer, please email specialevents@homewardtrails.org or fill out the form below this list of duties. If you do not get a personal confirmation from Laura, please email specialevents@homewardtrails.org to make sure your information went through!

 

Team Leaders

Can you help by being the team leader for your group of volunteers?

This would entail receiving (or helping to develop) training materials ahead of time, meeting briefly with Laura or another HT rep the day of the event before it starts, training the rest of the volunteers in your group, and being in charge of them all night. Please consider this especially if you have been to PawCasso before!

 

Daytime Set Up – PLEASE HELP!

9am-5pm (or any part of that time)
Volunteers are needed to set up all aspects of event. This will include unpacking & setting up tablecloths, signage, decorations, displays, art, various event supplies, bar & catering supplies, silent auction items, etc.

Registration Table

4:30-8pm (5-9pm shift also available)
Volunteers are needed to staff the registration table. This includes welcoming guests with a smile, checking names against ticket/nametag list, collecting money for those paying at the door, having guests complete the bidder registration sheet, handing out bidding paddles, programs and drink wristbands, directing guests, etc. Many registration volunteers opt to also be check-out volunteers (see description lower in list, timing can overlap).

Catering Support

2-6pm, 5:30-10pm
Volunteers are needed to help with some basic food prep, but mostly bus tables, walk around and clean up, throw away plates, etc.

Art Runners

6:15-9pm
Volunteers are needed to bring art, in order, from display area to the live auction area and hold it during bidding. This will require carrying art and walking/standing for duration of duty.

Art Purchase Recorders

6:45-9:30pm
Volunteers are needed to sit at table adjacent to art auction stage to record purchaser info. This is a detailed-oriented, fast-paced position that requires volunteer to sit down the entire time.

Table Sales Reps

5:30-10:45 (or 5:30-8:15pm & 8:00-10:45pm)
Volunteers are needed to oversee various tables where items will be for sale. This will require a volunteer to sit/stand at table, provide basic info about items for sale and take money for items purchased. This could include drink tickets, raffle tickets, etc.

General Event Help

5:15-11pm
Volunteers are needed to mingle with guests, answer questions, pick up empty glasses/dishes, light clean-up as needed, refill dog water bowls, restroom cleanliness spot checks, walk around & notice things that are needed, be available for miscellaneous tasks, etc.  This will require walking around for duration of duty.

Silent Auction Monitoring

5:30-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to check that guests are filling out bid sheets correctly, make sure items & bid sheets all remain visible & nicely displayed, answer questions & encourage bidding. At the close of the silent auction (9:30pm), circle the winners’ names & assist them with retrieving their items.

Greeters

5:30-7:15pm
Friendly volunteers are needed to stand in the airport hallway to greet and direct guests toward the event space.

Coat Check

5:45-8:15pm, 7:45-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to staff the coat closet.

Photography & Videography

5:30-9:30pm
Skilled photographer volunteer(s) with equipment needed to take photos of guests (& their dogs) at the entrance and to get some video of the event. Post-event editing also needed.

Photographer Assistants

5:30-7:30pm
Outgoing, dog-friendly volunteers needed to assist with guests’ photo opportunities at entrance.

Purchase Check Out

8-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to check out guests who have purchased items. This will require adding up totals for art/silent auction items purchased (cash, check and credit card). This is a detail-oriented position, and training beforehand will be required. Volunteers should have a smart phone or tablet with a data plan and will be asked to download Square’s register app.

Event Break Down – PLEASE HELP!

10pm on
LOTS of volunteers are needed to break down all aspects of event. This will require carrying items to cars, cleaning up kitchen area, loading items out of venue and general clean up.

If you can help with any PREP WORK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE EVENT, please contact Rebecca at rebeccag@homewardtrails.org with your availability.

PawCasso Volunteer Form






Your name (required)

Your email (required)

Are you age 16 or older? (required)
16 or older15 or younger

Have you volunteered with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue before?

YesNo

Your first name or nickname (as you’d like it to appear on your nametag)

Your title for your nametag. (Default is Volunteer. Please specify if you have another title with HTAR or are a featured artist, sponsor, etc.)

Your mobile phone number

OK to text on event day?

YesNo

Time frame(s) &/or number of hours you are available to volunteer on event day (required)

Your desired duty/duties

Other duties you are willing to do if above already filled

Are you willing to be a team leader for your group of volunteers?

Any limitations, special needs, expertise, experience or other notes

Name(s) and email(s) of other volunteer(s) coming with you if not submitting their own form

Would you like more information of general volunteer needs of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue?

YesNo

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