Your participation in our community service program is most welcome! If you
would like to volunteer for an event, or suggest an organization for which we
can volunteer, please contact Phil Risinger.
Renegades Honor FLIGHT 93
In 2006 and 2007 members of the Washington Renegades RFC traveled to Shanksville, Pa., to participate in a cleanup and improvement effort at the United Airlines Flight 93 Memorial.
On September 11, 2001 Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville as those aboard attempted to take control of the aircraft from the hijackers. All 40 passengers and crew were killed. If it were not for their actions many experts believe that the plane may have been crashed into the U.S. Capitol building or the White House.
One of the heroes of Flight 93, Mark Bingham, was a fellow rugby player with whom the Renegades feel a special connection. Mark had played in a tournament the Renegades hosted in Washington, D.C. and proved to be a tough competitor. Since Sept. 11, the Renegades have participated in an international rugby tournament named in memory of Mark. That tournament will be held again this Memorial Day weekend in New York City, and the Renegades will be competing. While playing in that tournament honors Mark as a rugby player, through this service project the Renegades seek to honor Mark and the passengers and crew of Flight 93 for their courage and sacrifice.
The Renegades partnered with Donna Glessner, one of the 40 Flight 93 "Ambassadors" who volunteer their time and effort to maintain the temporary memorial. Along with Boy Scout Troop 151, the Renegades hauled, spread and smoothed over 20 tons of crushed limestone in order to make the memorial area wheelchair accessible.
Letter of appreciation from National Parks Service to the Washington Renegades for our efforts. (PDF)(22 KB)
Stop Child Abuse Now
The Renegades provided 62 volunteers (434 volunteer man-hours) for the Shamrock Festival benefitting Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia (http://www.scanva.org/).
The event was aimed to bring the community together for a fun filled day while raising money and awareness for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia. SCAN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Food & Friends
Since 2000, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club has provided support at FOOD & FRIENDS. FOOD & FRIENDS prepares, packages and delivers meals and groceries to more than 1,100 people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses such as breast, lung and colon cancer throughout Washington, D.C. and 14 counties of Maryland and Virginia. Every year, a team of Renegades volunteer to help Food & Friends prepare Thanksgiving meals.
Christmas Toy Drive
Every years since 2002, Team DC, led by the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club, holds a Toy Drive in December to benefit local charities and missions, including Pediatric AIDS, Whitman Walker Clinic and Joseph's and Miriam's Houses.
Greater DC Cares
On Saturday, May 31, 2003, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football
Club participated in the Greater DC Cares' Servathon. Benefiting almost
30 community service organizations, the Servathon united over 2,500
volunteers and 80 local businesses in hands-on volunteer projects that
provided high-impact, meaningful service to organizations working at
the front-line of critical community issues.
Projects for this major event included revitalizing public spaces,
rejuvenating low-income housing, refurbishing schools and building playgrounds.
At the end of the day, Greater DC Cares hosted a come as you are party
with food, drinks and entertainment to thank its volunteers for their
hard work and celebrate their commitment to community service.
Marine Corps Marathon
On Sunday, October 26, 2003, Michael Baks and Keith Post ran in The Marine Corps Marathon. During the grueling six-month training program, Michael Baks logged in over 500 miles and raised over $4000 for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the leading provider of AIDS services in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
AIDS Walk Washington
For over 16 years, the AIDS Walk Washington has raised funds for Whitman-Walker Clinic, the primary community-based provider of HIV and AIDS services in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through four sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the Clinic provides a wide range of medical and support services to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS, in addition to health and support services to the gay and lesbian community.
In 1999, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club participated in its first AIDS Walk Washington and raised more than $1300. In 2000 and 2001, we raised more than $1,500, respectively. In 2002, we exceeded all expectations by raising more than $3,800 and placing third among the more than 300 teams in terms of most money raised.
The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club volunteer at events sponsored by the Cherry Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for various gay and lesbian causes. Its main fundraising event is the Cherry party, which in 2003 raised funds for charitable causes, including the Washington, D.C. Gay and Lesbian Community Center, The Victory Foundation, SMYAL and the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer.
FDNY Ladder 11/Engine 28
On Sunday, February 23, 2003, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football
Club bartended and sold T-shirts at Titan Bar to raise funds for FDNY
Ladder 11/Engine 28. On September 11, that firehouse lost 7 men. Thanks
to everyone who came out and supported this effort.
On Friday, March 28, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club kicked off the 2003 PFLAG Gala weekend by hosting a cocktail reception for Alice Hoglan, the mother of Mark Bingham, the gay man who died helping thwart hijackers on Flight 93. The club raised over $1000 at the event and donated this money to the Mark Bingham Rugby Fund.
On Saturday, March 29, 2003, twenty members of the Washington Renegades attended the PFLAG-DC 6th Annual Honors GALA at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Alice Hoglan gave the keynote speech and PFLAG presented its Spotlight Award to Sharon Gless for her portrayal of a PFLAG mother on the Showtime TV series "Queer as Folk." For more information about PFLAG-DC, please visit http://www.pflagdc.org/.
Tour de Friends
On June 19, more than a thousand riders mounted their bikes to fight the battle against HIV/AIDS in the Tour de Friends. The four-day, fully-supported cycling event commenced in Raleigh, NC and concluded in Washington, D.C. on June 22.
To support this ride, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club held a pit stop on the final day of the ride at Lacey Park, located at Washington Boulevard and George Mason Drive in Arlington, Virginia. Team members distributed sliced bananas and oranges, which Giant Food generously donated, as well as bottled water.
As background, the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club has participated in several rides, including registering a team of riders and crew members for the AIDSRide 6 in 2001. The riders covered 330 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina to Washington D.C. on four days from June 21-24. Some of our team members did not own a bicycle before they registered, which is reflective of the enthusiasm for community-oriented work found on our team. Team members participating in AIDSRide 6 included Will Braun, Kurt Carroll, Mike Madison, Raimundo Martinez, Dan Redding and Stefan Stent. These individuals rode 330 miles over 4 days to raise funds for the Whitman Walker Clinic and Food & Friends.
In order to achieve and surpass the joint minimum goal of $15,000 for this event, Patagonia stepped up to the challenge by becoming the official sponsor of the Washington Renegades AIDSRide 6 Team. Patagonia is widely recognized not only as a leader in supplying superior outdoor clothing and gear, but also as a corporate leader in community-conscious philanthropy. Patagonia was a natural partner for the Washington Renegades in the AIDSRide effort.
Team members volunteer in a variety of capacities at Whitman-Walker Clinic,
including HIV counseling and testing. Clinic volunteers are the heart of
Whitman-Walker Clinic's services to people living with HIV/AIDS and to the
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities. A network of generous, caring
people donating their time, talent and energy allows WWC to provide high
quality services to the diverse communities throughout the D.C. metropolitan
Whitman-Walker offers primary medical, mental health and other supportive
services to the community. Volunteers play a big part in delivering these
services. In addition to working directly with clients, there are many
important roles for volunteers who wish to work behind the scenes.