Each year, during our Memorial Day Parade, members of the Fairfield Rotary Club collect food and money from the citizens of Fairfield to pass over to our friends at Homes For The Brave” in Bridgeport.
Our club members build a ‘collection float,’ and each year invite 10 veterans to ‘come along for the ride,’ - an event always surrounded by flags, smiling faces and generous applause from the sidewalks of Fairfield.
For many vets, it’s their one taste of appreciation for their service – and has made for some memorable Memorial Days.
Our club members build our ‘collection float’ the day before the parade, and show up early on parade day, to do the mile and half walk, not once, but most years twice!
To date, our yearly parade walks have collected thousands of pounds of food - and over $15,000 in cash, donated by the generous parade goers along the route. Club members walk along the parade route collecting items such as: canned goods, coffee, powder creamers, twin size sheets, pillows, towels and any toiletries. For late-comers to the festivities, please remember that at the very end of the parade, we’ll be back with our parade truck a second time, to unofficially wrap things up!
Please remember our Vets. Every food item and every dollar makes a difference.
About ABRI/Homes for the Brave:
In Connecticut, at least 300 Veterans do not have homes. Only 10 percent of the general population can claim Veteran status. Unfortunately, one out of every three homeless men, who sleeps in a doorway or alley in our communities, has worn a uniform and served the United States. And roughly 8% of that homeless Veteran population consists of female veterans.
ABRI/Homes for the Brave's mission is: “With an emphasis on Veterans, we provide housing and services necessary to help homeless individuals return to productive and meaningful life.”
The most effective programs for homeless Veterans are community-based, not-for profit groups.