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The Home Depot Foundation Supports Veterans' Housing
The Home Depot Foundation has exceeded its own three-year $30 million pledge to veterans' housing initiative a year ahead of schedule. The Foundation has made an additional commitment of $50 million to support veterans' housing. The funds, spread over a period three years, will be provided to veterans' nonprofits to help ensure that every veteran has a home. The new commitment is a part of Home Depot Foundation's second annual "Celebration of Service" campaign.
Apart from financial support, the Celebration of Service campaign has been launched with volunteers from Team Depot undertaking repairs and renovations of a hundred veterans' homes in 13 cities. The next two months, until Veterans' Day, thousands of associate volunteers from Home Depot around the country will complete over 300 service projects to support veterans.
Over the last 18 months, the Foundation along with more than a thousand nonprofit partners, has contributed funding and volunteer resources to refurbish and repair homes and residential buildings as well as service facilities. More than 5,000 veteran families are receiving benefit through these efforts.
Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation, says: "With more than one million service members transitioning out of the military over the next two years and with almost half of all veterans over the age of 55, we know that many veterans are struggling with housing challenges and that this will continue for the foreseeable future. We pledge to recognize and celebrate the service of all veterans by using our financial and volunteer resources to ensure these brave men and women have safe, comfortable homes."
Volunteers from Team Depot will undertake a wide range of projects including handicapped accessibility modifications, weatherization and other energy efficient enhancements, apart from general repairs and renovations. The projects will be completed in various cities, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles and Newark.
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