The Home Depot Foundation pledged $50 million to veterans’ housing initiatives as part of the organization’s second annual Celebration of Service Campaign. In 2011, the Foundation pledged $30 million over a three-year period to the same cause but surpassed this goal more than a year early.
Over the course of the last 18 months, more than 1,000 nonprofits have received funding and volunteer hours to repair and refurbish housing units for more than 5,000 veterans and their families.
“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,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. “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.”
Home Depot volunteers have worked on a variety of projects including:
Home renovations for 11 veterans in Atlanta, Georgia through a partnership with HouseProud
Home repairs for five veterans in Charlotte, North Carolina
Home refurbishments for 10 veterans in Houston, Texas, including a new roof for U.S. Army veteran Elma “Joyce” Nelson