Press Release Home Depot Foundation





PRESS RELEASE: VOLUNTEERS FROM THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION, THE HOME DEPOT, VETERANS EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATION AND HOME DEPOT VENDORS TO RENOVATE FACILITY FOR VETERANS




WHAT: More than 200 volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot Merchandising Services Department and their vendor partners, and Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) will complete a variety of maintenance and improvement projects at VEO’s housing facilities for veterans including the installation of blinds and ceiling fans, painting and landscaping.

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Project Kick-Off/Opening Ceremony
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Project Duration

WHERE: 373 West Lake Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

PROJECT DETAILS: Volunteers will:
• Install blinds and ceiling fans
• Build a wheelchair ramp
• Paint a basketball court and exterior walls
• Build two gazebos, retaining walls, picnic tables and benches
• Install a wrought iron fence, exterior lighting, a pond and a flag
• Stain a deck, fence, stairs and stoops
• Complete landscaping projects

CONTACTS: Ben Owens, The Home Depot Foundation, BENJAMIN_OWENS@homedepot.com
Savannah Highsmith, The Home Depot Foundation, SAVANNAH_HIGHSMITH@homedepot.com
ONSITE CONTACT – Ben Owens or Savannah Highsmith, (404) 713-2236

About The Home Depot Foundation:
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. 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 visitwww.homedepotfoundation.org.

About Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO):
On any given night, it is estimated there are up to 250,000 homeless Veterans across the United States. In the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, that number is estimated to be 1,600. And while services do exist for our nation’s homeless Veteran population, over half, due to a myriad of reasons, are still unable to access those services. That is where Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) steps in to fill these critical, and often overlooked, gaps in the ‘continuum of care’ for our nation’s Veteran population. Veterans Empowerment Organization provides homeless Veterans transitional housing and access to services on their journey back to an empowered and fulfilled life. For more information about Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) visit www.veohero.org.

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