Sunday, June 15, 2014

Timber! -- @ the Bull Run Warrior Retreat

Every month, we have an open house at the Bull Run Warrior Retreat and people often come up to the SOWW team and ask "how can I get involved?" As we give tours of the property, our members list the many ways that people can choose to get involved with our organization and help us with our mission.

SOWW has volunteer opportunities ranging from:
landscaping and gardening
interior designing
grass cutting
visiting chef recruiting
therapy horse riding
hospitality maintenance
motorcycle poker ride organizing
golf tournament assistance
and our most recent...

Tree Removal!

There are so many different ways that people can plug themselves into with this non-profit and the great thing for us is that they all have to do with giving back to our willing warriors. Between designing bedrooms, baking cookies for an open house and taking your chopper for a ride through the Bull Run Mountains; there is no stone left unturned when it comes to different ways you can get plugged into our community.

This past weekend, Ross Tree Service donated their services to us for free and removed three large dying trees from the Bull Run Warrior Retreat. If we would have had to pay for this service, it would have cost thousands of dollars.  Fortunately, this wonderful business approached us and provided this opportunity for SOWW to make the Bull Run Warrior Retreat even more welcoming and manicured.

As if the beautiful hill sides and mountain ranges were not already in clear enough view, the before and after became a night and day comparison. The retreat property now has an even more majestic view of the Bull Run Mountains than ever before. Please take a look at our photos and enjoy this transformational process. But first, click on the link below to enjoy our video of all the action!

Bull Run Warrior Retreat Tree Trimming!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SOWW Donor Recognition - Week 1

There have been several absolutely wonderful organizations that have helped bring Serve Our Willing Warriors out of the trenches and into the confines of the Bull Run Warrior Retreat, located in the scenic Bull Run Mountains. It is truly amazing to have so many community supporters willingly take on the responsibility of helping SOWW establish the Bull Run Warrior Retreat and serve our Nation’s heroes without asking for anything in return.

This post is the start of many that will focus on Serve Our Willing Warriors’ cherished supporters and their selfless efforts to support this noble cause.

For those of you who have visited the Retreat over the last few months and seen the progression, you have probably wondered, where is all of this new stuff coming from?  Well, let me introduce you to a couple of SOWW’s finest sponsors, who are helping make our dream a reality.

Greco Masonry

If you have been to the property for a cleanup day or an Open House, this beautiful entry way welcomed you into the Retreat.  With “Bull Run Warrior Retreat” and “Home Away From Home” etched in big bold letters, this creation by Greco Masonry welcomes visitors and captures the true essence of the Retreat.

The beautiful stone entry way that Greco Masonry donated to the Bull Run Warrior Retreat

Home Away From Home ... Bull Run Warrior Retreat
Greco Masonry is a full service masonry company that provides superior workmanship and impeccable service to all of their clients throughout Northern Virginia. Their reputation has been solidified within the construction industry and among some of the most discerning homeowners in the region for many years due to their commitment to excellence in all that they do.  This amazing team has been with us from the beginning.  They even completed this project an entire year before the projected date of the Retreat’s completion, so our visitors would know they had arrived and our volunteers would be reminded of our purpose while rolling down the gravel driveway for a long day of work. Greco Masonry also plans to donate the future stone patio sitting areas to be started this week! 

Intelligent Decisions

ID develops innovative IT solutions to solve the most challenging requirements of the Federal Government. Over the last 20 years, Intelligent Decisions has set out to serve their clients in the Federal marketplace with a commitment to providing IT solutions and support that exceeds expectations. ID’s diversified IT solutions utilize technology expertise and past successes while capitalizing on their employees’ innovative approach to solutions. And their approach in assisting the non-profit efforts of Serve Our Willing Warriors is no different.

Intelligent Decisions foursome at a wounded warrior golf tournament


The four pictures above are of ID volunteers at SOWW's christmas visit to Walter Reed Medical Center

Wounded Warriors that Intelligent Decisions proudly supported at a Golf Tournament 

In addition to being a generous donor for several fundraising events, this team of passionate and innovative people also sends out large numbers of volunteers to our wounded warrior events ranging from our recent SOWW 5k to our Christmas visits to the hospitals with the wounded vets. And they also do much, much more to better the community and the hearts and minds of our wounded, sick, ill + injured warriors.