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  • By Bill Seklar

Summer for Our Children at The Community House

It is often difficult to measure the “economic value that non-profits add to our society, simply because the end product of their organizational processes are not tangible products or services, but rather intangible outcomes. However, there is true economic value that non-profits add to our society, and, to mankind.”

In addition to our own non-profit mission, The Community House is also “home” to 12 other non-profit and supported groups in our area. Noble organizations that are generously subsidized by The Community House.

In 2017 alone, The Community House provided critical support to these worthy organizations at a cost approaching $1 million dollars. Funds that The Community House covered via its revenue generating opportunities and supplemented by generous donors via our annual fundraising initiatives. It is right. It is what our founders called us to do.

All utilized free space, and others free or discounted food or services. All extraordinary organizations raising awareness and bringing much needed support, visibility and funding, as well as time, talent and treasure to worthwhile causes operating within our community, our region, across the state, and around the world.

Those groups who also call The Community House home include:


For 70 years, the BBNC (Birmingham Bloomfield Newcomers Club) has been an organization that has made it possible for women who are new to the area to meet, make wonderful friendships and to participate in countless activities and events throughout the year. Our members represent over 30 countries and they currently live in or around Oakland County.


The mission of The Community House’s President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is to advise and give counsel to the TCH President on a wide range of issues with special emphasis on “fostering philanthropy in the next generations; generating funds and support for TCH youth programs and services; and helping to inspire and promote modern leadership and community opportunities.”


The mission of The Community House’s Birmingham Teen Council (BTC) is to bring together students from local schools and provide an opportunity for community service, as well as establish a source of teen leadership in the surrounding area by creating a safe environment where students from the area can collaborate and form bonds.


To actively promote and embrace an appreciation for diversity and to advocate for inclusivity, equality, and justice in the region. We come together to develop and maintain an open, intentional community that works to overcome racism, prejudice, and discrimination through education, advocacy and response.


An organization of active senior men (of sophistication) devoted to the promotion of fellowship, cultural interests and the rendering of community service.


To enrich the lives of children through the art and love of storytelling.


The purpose of The Community House Women’s Club shall be to provide fellowship, programs, and activities for the membership.


To serve our six communities as their leading resource for advancing business interests and building relationships.


Service To Others – Lions Clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.


To develop optimism as a philosophy of life; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; and to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of man, his community and world.


Strives to provide leadership in marketing, advertising and promotion of the Birmingham Shopping District. We actively work to promote a district that is exciting, clean, safe and pedestrian-friendly, and ensure that the district continues to serve as a center for business, service, social and community activities.


To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in business and professions.

For more information about these and other Community House events, please call 248-644-5832 or visit Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available!

William D. Seklar is President & CEO of The Community House in Birmingham.

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