The Home Depot Foundation, created in 2002, is the organization that manages the grants, initiatives and disaster relief for Home Depot. It also manages Team Depot, the associate-led volunteer group. Community service has always been of great importance to Home Depot, being involved within the communities they are located. The foundation was formed to repair the lives and homes of those around them, by connecting with local non-profits. Since its inception, the foundation has invested over $340 million to assist veterans and their families in need, as well to improve local parks, playgrounds and community buildings. The Home Depot Foundation has committed $80million over the next five years to the needs of Veterans. The sheer magnitude of all Home Depot has accomplished is staggering. Please take time to read more about the projects on their website. Partners to the Home Depot Foundation include Habitat For Humanity, The Fisher House, Semper Fi Fund, Operation Homefront, Team Rubicon and many more.
This week, the Celebration of Service, which runs from 9/11 to Veterans’s Day, will bring The Home Depot Foundation to Washington, DC, to partner with The National Association of Concerned Veterans. The NACV is one of the oldest active veterans service organizations. It began operating in the DC Metro area in 1972. The focus has been on housing, employment, training and reintegration. They have created a comprehensive program that seeks to create the easiest transition for Vets. Their transitional housing in the DC area provides a safe place for both male and female veterans, as well as their children and families. Team Depot will be bringing a team to update and renovate the transitional homes in the city, which is one of 350 projects completed during this Celebration of Service. Dedicating time and money explicitly to ensure that every Veteran and their families have a safe place to call home is a goal that began in 2011; and since that time the Home Depot Foundation has invested over $52 million. More than $1.5 million of that has been with local Veteran assistance organizations in the DC area.