Managing Home Depot's 'Volunteer Army'

The Home Depot Foundation was started and funded by Atlanta-based Home Depot (HD) in 2002 with the mission of building affordable homes for working families while improving community health. The foundation's volunteer force—Team Depot—is made up of tens of thousands of Home Depot associates in North America and China. According to Kelly Caffarelli, the foundation's president, it is well ahead of the 10-year plan established in 2007. Back then, the foundation pledged to invest $400 million over the next decade to develop 100,000 affordable, healthy homes for working families and to plant three million trees in urban communities. By yearend 2009, $163 million had been invested, 64,000 homes built, and 732,000 trees planted.

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