The Home Depot Canada's Month of Service Puts the Emphasis on Play

    - Home Improvement Retailer to Donate More Than 19,000 Hours of Community
    Service during September -

    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Play is important. In fact, the United Nations'
Convention on the Rights of the Child deems play as a basic human right for
all children. It helps children grow properly by developing their creativity
and imagination, fueling their problem-solving abilities and shaping their
social interaction skills. Despite its importance, today's children face a
number of barriers to play including busy schedules and limited access to play
spaces. Today, The Home Depot Canada will do its part to help Canadian
children have better places to play as a part of their fifth annual Corporate
Month of Service. Throughout September, The Home Depot Canada will lead their
3,500 Team Depot volunteers in donating 19,000 hours towards refurbishing and
building play spaces and other community projects across Canada. This
volunteer initiative will impact more than 125 communities while engaging
not-for-profit partners in each of those communities.
    "The Home Depot is proud of its long-standing commitment to giving back
to the communities where its associates live and work," said
Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada. "This September,
associates across the country will roll up their sleeves in our largest
collaborative effort of the year to really make a difference in their
    From coast to coast during the month of September, associates from all
159 The Home Depot stores across Canada will participate in projects in the
communities where stores are located. The effort will kick off in British
Columbia, sweeping across the country and concluding in Nova Scotia. Most
activities will focus on play spaces including landscaping, building picnic
tables and benches, new flooring and painting as well as other local community
projects. In addition, The Home Depot associates will also participate in
building an entire playground in one day on September 27 in Winnipeg,
    Throughout 2007, The Home Depot Canada is committed to volunteering
60,000 hours to community projects, 19,000 of which will be contributed during
its Month of Service in September. The Home Depot associates who volunteer
their time at community projects during the Month of Service and throughout
the year are part of Team Depot, a store-based volunteer program encouraging
and enabling associates to give back to their communities. The program was
established in 1994 to help meet the needs in communities where associates
live and work.

    About The Home Depot Canada
    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer currently operating 2,167 stores, including
159 The Home Depot stores across Canada. The Company reported fiscal 2006
sales of US$90.8 billion and employs approximately 364,000 associates,
including more than 30,000 Canadians.
    Giving back is a core value at The Home Depot Canada. Whether it's
building a playground for children, building affordable housing, or shoring up
an overflowing river, giving back is the foundation upon which The Home Depot
was built. Every day, associates are making an impact in the communities in
which they live, through Team Depot projects taking place nationwide. With
their leader Annette Verschuren as the co-founder and chair of the Canadian
Corporate Council on Volunteering, Team Depot gave back 60,000 volunteer hours
in 2006.
    During September 2007, The Home Depot Canada will mobilize more than
3,500 volunteers to lead and participate in service projects across the
country to address playspace needs - from building picnic tables and benches
to landscaping and painting - as part of the fifth annual Corporate Month of

For further information:

For further information: Tina Peyregatt, Public Relations - The Home
Depot Canada, (416) 412-4243,; Sheri Papps,
Public Relations - The Home Depot Canada, (416) 412-4110,; Ian Roberts, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, (416)

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