Day 2: Operation District Drilldown Charges Forward at Douglass Community Center

Jun 25, 2023

In the heart of Ward 7 in Washington DC, the second day of Operation District Drilldown unfolded with a brilliant blend of commitment, community, and camaraderie. Veterans and volunteers from across the country and the DC Metro area rolled up their sleeves, and pressed on with the mission at the historic Douglass Community Center.

For our veterans, this is not just a day out in the community; it’s a renewed mission, a vibrant echo of the camaraderie they experienced in their military days. Serving together under the warm DC sun, veterans and volunteers alike breathed new life into an essential hub of their community, and in doing so, discovered a renewed sense of purpose and belonging.

Douglass Community Center, one of the oldest pillars of Ward 8. A wooden pergola and greenhouse now stand proud in the community garden, dog walkers have new trash cans and bag dispensers at their disposal, and the baseball diamond gleams with a freshly resurfaced shine. The center’s murals sport a fresh touch-up and its exterior a brand new coat of paint. The transformation is a testament to the dedication and drive of our unstoppable team. Amid the hum of hard work and hearty laughter, we welcomed local residents, celebrating birthdays and summer fun, and establishing meaningful connections with the very community we’ve pledged to uplift.

We were joined in our efforts by stalwart comrades from the Wounded Warrior Project and Team Rubicon, marking another memorable day of service and solidarity. Veterans often carry a profound, service-driven ethos that doesn’t simply disappear after their military service concludes. Participating in community service projects like Operation District Drilldown allows veterans to leverage these unique skills, forged in the crucibles of their military training. They are given an opportunity to repurpose and redirect their sense of mission, invigorating them with a purposeful passion that mirrors the intensity they felt during their military service.

As we look back on a day of impactful transformation, we extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors: The Friends of Douglass CC, Lockheed Martin, the Washington Commanders, the Baltimore Tool Bank, and the University of the District of Columbia. Their invaluable support has enabled us to carry out our mission.

Day 3 promises a shift in scenery but not in spirit as Operation District Drilldown sets sights on John Phillp Sousa Middle School. Come join us as we build garden beds, harvest spring produce, and prep for fall planting, all in support of the school’s unique agriculture/gardening program, repainting the school’s blacktop with games and repainting the baseball court. There’s plenty more to accomplish, and your hands, heart, and hard work can make all the difference.

Washington DC, a city known worldwide for its monuments and memorials, is a community much more. Amid the hustle and bustle of the capital, residents of this proud and productive city stand strong, hopeful for progress, and eager for growth. Operation District Drilldown is humbled to serve alongside over 10 community partner groups at six locations in Washington DC’s Wards 7 & 8.

Operation District Drilldown – from Sunday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 27 – is more than just a mission; it’s our heartfelt commitment to the city we love. We are ready to continue the mission, and we hope to see you there!

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