Since kicking off its annual Celebration of Service campaign on Sept. 11, the Home Depot Foundation and 12,000 Team Depot volunteers have completed 350 projects assisting U.S. military veterans and their families. This $3 million effort to repair and renovate veterans’ homes and facilities is part of the foundation’s $50 million commitment to veterans’ housing initiatives during the next three years. This year’s campaign officially concludes on Veterans Day.
During the two-month campaign, Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, has repaired and renovated hundreds of homes and facilities in cooperation with local and national nonprofits across the country. From building wheelchair ramps and remodeling kitchens to painting and roofing repairs, Home Depot associates have used their home improvement skills to make a difference for veterans:
- 300 single-family homes in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, including Rebuilding Together Houston and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles among many others
- 85 veteran housing facilities, including temporary homes for wounded warriors and their families such as the Fisher House in Miami, and supportive and permanent housing for formerly homeless veterans, such as Volunteers of America Northern New England in Saco, Maine
- 10 veteran medical facilities, including Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio
“As we commemorate Veterans Day and conclude our 2012 Celebration of Service campaign, we are even more committed to our year-round mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home,” says Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Over the last two months, we’ve met and helped veterans across the country from all different walks of life—men and women, young and old, able bodied and physically challenged. These experiences have strengthened our resolve to recognize and serve veterans of all generations who may be struggling with housing challenges, aging in place and the transition into civilian life.”
As its 2012 Celebration of Service campaign comes to a close this weekend, The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot are fanning out across the country in a last round of activities in honor of Veterans Day, including:
- Columbus, Ohio: The transformation of a home away from home for veteran students at The Ohio State University. The home, run by The Office of Student Life, can house up to 10 military veteran students. The interior of the home will be painted, new flooring will be installed, and upgrades to the lighting and kitchen will be completed. Team Depot associate volunteers will also complete landscaping projects and install exterior lighting.
- San Diego: ESPN’s College Game Day commemorated Veterans Day with a live broadcast from the USS San Diego. The program highlighted information about The Home Depot’s commitment to veterans and featured appearances by 10 Home Depot associates who have served in the U.S. military.
- Atlanta: The Georgia Aquarium will host a Veterans Appreciation Celebration to honor Veterans Day. The event kicks off the new partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and The Home Depot Foundation to sponsor admissions for active duty military and veterans, as well as a new “Swim with Gentle Giants” program to provide wounded warriors with therapeutic swims with the Aquarium’s whale sharks.
Learn more at the Home Depot Foundation’s website.