More than 30 nonprofits participateDEARBORN – Dearborn’s Homecoming Friday through Sunday at Ford Field Park offers more than just fireworks, entertainment and delicious food. It offers a chance to support more than 30 nonprofit groups, which are raising funds for, or awareness of, their positive work in the community. In 2013, nonprofit groups raised about $70,000, which was invested back into the city to support needy Dearborn families, youth athletics, veterans, scholarships, cultural arts and more. All the food and beverages offered outside of the carnival area benefit nonprofit groups, and other organizations promote their causes with activities in the Community Tent or other areas throughout the festival. The Dearborn Community Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural arts and recreation, is the city’s partner in organizing the festival. Dearborn-based nonprofit groups involved in Homecoming are: American Association of University Women-Dearborn Branch, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, American Legion Post 364, and the Dearborn Commission on Disability Concerns. Also, the Dearborn Historical Museum, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, Dearborn High Booster Club, Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis Club, Edsel Ford High Booster Club, Dearborn Community Arts Council, and the Fordson Varsity Alumni Club. Also, Father O’Kelley Knights of Columbus, Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, Italian American Fraternal Club of Dearborn, Disabled American Veterans, First United Methodist Church, and the Exchange Club of Dearborn. Also, the Polish League of American Veterans Post 75, Going Green Foundation, Fairlane Alliance Church, Dearborn Public Library, the Remember Me Quilt Project, and Henry Ford College’s radio station WHFR. Other non-profits that at Homecoming are: Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Dearborn Rotary, Police Explorers, Dearborn CERT, Lebanese American Heritage Club, the American Moslem Society and Warrendale Community Church. Among the philanthropic efforts are: supporting veterans in need, rescuing abandoned animals, providing scholarships, supporting youth sports programs, supplementing funds for high school activities, helping children injured by burns, giving a boost to unemployed families and supporting cultural arts . For more information on Homecoming, go to www.cityofdearborn.org.
Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn Nonprofit groups raised about $70,000 in 2013, which was invested back into the city.