Team Depot Associate Volunteers to Plant Edible Gardens for 1,000 Homeless Veterans at Housing Facilities across the Country
ATLANTA, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, The Home Depot® Foundation launched its second-annual Spring into Service campaign, a season-long initiative to plant edible gardens that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for 1,000 homeless U.S. military veterans at facilities that serve them. This effort is part of the Foundation's five year, $80 million commitment to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.
The first project will take place in Charlotte today, where 100 volunteers from Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer force, will plant an edible community garden in partnership with The Rotary Club of Gastonia. The garden will provide fresh produce for local homeless veterans and others in need at several local facilities.
During the campaign and throughout the spring season, Team Depot will plant additional gardens and complete repair projects at facilities across the country in partnership with local and national nonprofits.
"On any given night, there are nearly 60,000 homeless veterans," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "We're excited to put our gardening skills to work and celebrate the spring season with many of our nonprofit partners that provide safe housing to homeless veterans by planting healthy fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, squash, berries and peppers that will serve veterans in need for years to come."
For more about The Home Depot Foundation's efforts to address veterans' housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation or visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $65 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.
Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation and www.twitter.com/homedepotfdn.
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SOURCE: The Home Depot Foundation
For further information:
Lisa Walsh, The Home Depot Foundation, 770-384-4281, Lisa_Walsh@homedepot.com; Ben Owens, The Home Depot Foundation, 770-433-8211 x 84133, Benjamin_Owens@homedepot.com