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Event Announcement

Rotary Parade Food Drive for Vets

Date of Meeting: 05/28/18

On Monday, May 28th, The Fairfield Rotary Club will have it’s 9th annual food drive collecting non perishable items for veterans at the “Homes For The Brave” in Bridgeport.

Scene from our 2015 parade walk.

Scene from our 2015 parade walk.

To date, our yearly parade walks have collected thousands of pounds of food – and over $20,000 in cash, donated by generous parade goers along the route.

Club members will be walking along the parade route collecting items such as: canned goods, coffee, powder creamers, twin size sheets, pillows, towels and any toiletries.

For a full list of requested items, go to: www.homesforthebrave.org. *

Please remember to bring whatever items you can and make this a memorable day for our veterans. For late comers, our parade truck will pass through the parade route a second time at the very end of the parade.

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Bonus Donations/Knights of Columbus  – For 2018, the Father Coleman Council of the Knights of Columbus will be matching all Memorial Day Parade collections up to $2,500 to benefit ABRI/Homes for the Brave*.
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ABRI/Homes for the Brave – *Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided safe housing, vocational training, job placement, case management services, and life-skills coaching – to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. A great need exists for the housing, case management, and vocational services their programs provide.

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.

 

 

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Published:
May 1, 2018