ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/ -- The Home Depot® Foundation today committed $500,000 to disaster relief efforts in Atlantic coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
The funds will be distributed to The Home Depot Foundation's non-profit partners including Team Rubicon, Operation Blessing, Convoy of Hope and the American Red Cross. The contribution is in addition to the $1,000,000 donation made by the Foundation to the American Red Cross earlier this year. Team Rubicon will be using Home Depot store parking lots as their operating base in the impacted areas.
"Our hearts and full support go out to our communities, customers and associates that were in the path of Hurricane Matthew," said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. "The Home Depot Foundation and our Team Depot volunteers are committed to working alongside our disaster relief partners to assist the people and areas impacted by this terrible storm and its aftermath."
Through its employee assistance program, The Homer Fund is providing emergency funds to associates who themselves have been affected by the tragedy.
About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company's associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to veteran causes, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 26,700 homes for veterans.
To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.
SOURCE The Home Depot Foundation
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