Friends of Forest Home Cemetery, Inc.

There are many ways to get involved and support the work of Friends of Forest Home Cemetery:

        Donate Your financial contribution will help Friends of Forest Home
                             Cemetery to clean, restore, and maintain the headstones and
                             other features in the cemetery.  And because Friends is a
                             501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your contribution is tax
                             deductible.  Please consider a financial gift today!

                             You may also contribute to Friends by donating items such as
                             landscaping materials or a used vehicle, or by including a
                             bequest in your estate planning documents.  To find out more
                             about different ways to donate, contact Kathleen Dunne at
                             (616) 824-9601.

        Volunteer Much of the cleaning and restoration work at Forest Home
                             Cemetery involves physical labor.  You can support our work by
                             donating your time and "sweat equity" out at the cemetery.
                              Individuals with particular skills, such as masonry or cement
                             work, are in particularly high demand.  If you have an area of
                             particular interest and are willing to volunteer on a short- or
                             long-term basis, please visit our Contact Us page - we'd love to
                             hear from you!

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of America's entry into WWI, Friends has initiated a Veterans' Flag Holder Project, designed to ensure that EVERY veteran's headstone has a flag holder and United States flag.  Friends began the project by compiling a comprehensive database of veterans that are buried at Forest Home Cemtery.  Now we're looking for volunteers to walk the Cemetery and identify which veterans' headstones are missing a flag holder.  Checklists, maps, and blue flag markers are provided.  When the project is completed, Friends will submit a flag holder request to the City, so that every marker will have a flag holder and flag.  If volunteers locate a grave with no headstone at all, Friends will undertake a search for descendants and facilitate a request for a free replacement headstone from the government.

Interested in honoring our local vets?  To learn more about this important Project, go to our Contact Us page or call Kathleen Dunne at (616) 824-9601.
Unmarked headstone of Civil War veteran, Oren Hubbard.