United for D.C. announces third drive of the year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that its United Drives initiative will continue during the month of June, with the collection of toiletry and other personal care items. The team has only two games during June - both this week. The Black-and-Red will take on the Chicago Fire on Wednesday (June 15) and New England Revolution on Saturday (June 18). The drive asks for donations of items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner that will benefit the Dinner Program for Homeless Women.

"Throughout the last few years, the Dinner Program for Homeless Women has been a great partner organization of ours," said Catherine Marquette, D.C. United's Director of Community Relations and Executive Director of United For D.C. "This year, when we asked Kari how D.C. United could really help she mentioned the need for personal care items for the women and children who are served by the program. So here we are!"

The Dinner Program for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. The organization has been serving homeless women and their children since 1979. The Dinner Program for Homeless Women is a place of hospitality, where any woman (and her children) may receive a nutritious dinner in a stable and safe environment and be provided the support and opportunity needed to achieve her full potential.

At all D.C. United regular season home games, the United Drives booth will be located outside of RFK Stadium's Gate A and will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff, closing 15 minutes into the first half. Any fan that donates an item will receive, as a thank you from the club, a "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket voucher good for any D.C. United regular season home game as well as a United promotional item.

Through United Drives, D.C. United chooses a different item to collect during each month of the season. The items collected by United Drives include children's toys (April) to benefit Children's National Medical Center, children's books (May) and school supplies (August) to benefit United for D.C., toiletry items (June) to benefit the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, canned food (July) to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, soccer equipment (September) to benefit DC SCORES and coats and clothes (October) to benefit The Children's Center located in Ward 8.

For more information on the United Drives program or to receive more information about any of D.C. United's Community Relations' initiatives, please contact Catherine Marquette at 202-587-5443 or cmarquette@dcunited.com.

United Drives 2005 Schedule

Dates, Drive, Beneficiary

June (15th & 18th), Toiletries Drive, Dinner Program for Homeless Women

July (9th, 15th & 28th), Food Drive, Capital Area Food Bank

August (10th, 13th & 20th), School Supplies Drive, United for D.C.

September (17th), Soccer Equipment Drive, DC SCORES

October (8th & 15th), Coat & Clothes Drive, The Children's Center


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