The Home Depot Foundation Completes 350 Projects for Veterans in 60 Days During Second Annual Celebration of Service Campaign

   The Home Depot Foundation Completes 350 Projects for Veterans in 60 Days
             During Second Annual Celebration of Service Campaign

Campaign to Conclude with Special Events Celebrating Veterans Day

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 8, 2012

ATLANTA, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Since kicking off its annual Celebration
of Service campaign on September 11, The Home Depot® Foundation and 12,000
Team Depot volunteers have completed 350 projects assisting U.S. military
veterans and their families. This $3 million effort to repair and renovate
veterans' homes and facilities is part of the Foundation's $50 million
commitment to veterans' housing initiatives over the next three years. This
year's campaign officially concludes on Veterans Day.

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During the two-month campaign, Team Depot, the company's associate-led
volunteer force, has repaired and renovated hundreds of homes and facilities
in cooperation with local and national nonprofits across the country. From
building wheelchair ramps and remodeling kitchens to painting and roofing
repairs, Home Depot associates have used their home improvement skills to make
a difference for veterans:

  o300 single family homes in cooperation with nonprofit organizations
    including Rebuilding Together Houston and Habitat for Humanity of Greater
    Los Angeles among many others;
  o85 veteran housing facilities, including temporary homes for wounded
    warriors and their families such as the Fisher House in Miami, Florida,
    and supportive and permanent housing for formerly homeless veterans such
    as Volunteers of America Northern New England in Saco, Maine;
  o10 veteran medical facilities, including Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in
    Hollidaysburg, PA and Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH

"As we commemorate Veterans Day and conclude our 2012 Celebration of Service
campaign, we are even more committed to our year round mission to ensure that
every veteran has a safe place to call home," said Kelly Caffarelli, president
of The Home Depot Foundation. "Over the last two months, we've met and helped
veterans across the country from all different walks of life – men and women,
young and old, able bodied and physically challenged. These experiences have
strengthened our resolve to recognize and serve veterans of all generations
who may be struggling with housing challenges, aging in place and the
transition into civilian life."

As its 2012 Celebration of Service campaign comes to a close this weekend, The
Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot are fanning out across the country in a
last round of activities in honor of Veterans Day, including:

  oColumbus, OH – The transformation of a home away from home for veteran
    students at The Ohio State University. The home, run by The Office of
    Student Life, can house up to 10 military veteran students. The interior
    of the home will be painted, new flooring will be installed, and upgrades
    to the lighting and kitchen will be completed. Team Depot associate
    volunteers will also complete landscaping projects and install exterior
    lighting.

  "This, for us, is part of a larger picture of how we as an institution
  embrace, support and welcome returning veterans to be a part of The Ohio
  State University community," said Colin Brown, senior director of
  Development for The Ohio State University Office of Student Life. "The
  Office of Student Life is excited to work with The Home Depot Foundation and
  this will be a great project to serve and support our veteran students'
  needs."



  oSan Diego, CA – ESPN's College Game Day will commemorate Veterans Day with
    a live broadcast from the USS San Diego. The program will highlight
    information about The Home Depot's commitment to veterans and will feature
    appearances by ten Home Depot associates who have served in the U.S.
    military.



  oAtlanta, GA – The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA will host a Veterans
    Appreciation Celebration to honor Veterans Day. The event kicks off the
    new partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and The Home Depot Foundation
    to sponsor admissions for active duty military and veterans as well as a
    new "Swim with Gentle Giants" program to provide wounded warriors with
    therapeutic swims with the Aquarium's whale sharks.

Follow The Home Depot Foundation's social channels to learn more about its
commitment to veterans' housing issues: Twitter @homedepotfdn,
www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation or www.homedepotfoundation.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to
nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically
disadvantaged veterans. The Home Depot Foundation surpassed the pledge more
than a year ahead of schedule. As part of its second annual Celebration of
Service campaign, the Foundation is now committing an additional $50 million
to housing nonprofits over the next three years in an effort 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 to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than
$300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local
communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit
www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

SOURCE The Home Depot Foundation

Website: http://www.homedepotfoundation.org
Contact: Paula Drake, +1-770-384-3439, paula_drake@homedepot.com; Catherine
Woodling, +1-770-384-2304, catherine_woodling@homedepot.com
 
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