Rebuilding Homes for Heroes
More than just a handyman’s store, The Home Depot has a strong foundation of philanthropy. Because of this, we’re highlighting The Home Depot in our Brand Philanthropy Series.
The Home Depot is a retailer of home improvement and construction products/services. Founded in 1978, The Home Depot is the largest store of its kind in the United States. And in 2002, the company decided to use it’s influence to give back through its non-profit arm, The Home Depot Foundation.
The Home Depot Foundation’s mission is to improve the homes and the lives of U.S. veterans and their families. Too many of our veterans and their families face major housing challenges, aggravated by issues like unemployment, age and service-related disabilities. So the non-profit is dedicated to giving back to those who have already given so much for our country. Since 2011, it has invested more than $105 million to support the housing needs of veterans. In addition, the foundation’s associates are contributing their own time and talents to make a difference for veterans in local communities through Team Depot, its associate-led volunteer force. The organization has already impacted more than 22,000 units of veterans housing! Whether it’s working with our associates to make an injured veteran’s home wheelchair accessible or transforming permanent supportive housing facilities that provide both housing and services to veterans, The Home Depot Foundation strives to make a lasting impact.
The foundation doesn’t do this noble work alone. It has partnered with over 10 non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, American Legion and Volunteers of America. The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International, for example, partnered to develop Repair Corps, a program that provides Habitat affiliates with the resources to repair the homes of veterans and their families. Projects range from adding insulation and weather stripping to installing of wheelchair ramps and renovating bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. At times, the veterans homes may get help with larger repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural improvements are also available. Team Depot volunteers are involved in many of the repairs made through this program.
As you can see, The Home Depot Foundation is making a huge impact in the lives of veterans. To learn more about all the work the organization is doing, visit the website and follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter.