Building homes for veterans with the Home Depot Foundation
09- 07- 2014
One of our sales directors, Tom Murphy, recently had the opportunity to join forces with other volunteers and the Home Depot Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and homes of U.S. veterans, on a project near Los Angeles. Since 2011, Home Depot and their vendors have contributed more than $65 million to housing for Veterans. That kind of contribution means that, at any time, more than 10,000 veterans have a safe place to call home. This particular project was organized by the Building Materials Department at Home Depot in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which meant that many of the volunteers represent more than 500 vendors to the retail giant. The location was an abandoned housing complex previously belonging to the Navy which was being restored to house single mothers with families that are veterans from the Irag and Afghanistan Wars. The complex has approximately 50 houses with garages and a central playground. The goal is to provide temporary housing to these mothers as they transition back to life in the states. It’s amazing what 350 people can do in one day when you bring passion and purpose together. The neighborhood was stark and barren in the morning but at the end of the day, it was warm and inviting, just waiting to welcome families. The bright orange Home Depot shirts that everyone wears really stand out. It’s fun to hear people walk by and shout out a thanks for what Home Depot and the volunteers were doing for our veterans. Cadet has always supported our local communities and has been involved with the Home Depot Foundation for three years now. This year, we donated $5,500 to the Foundation to help their cause. We’re proud to call Home Depot our business partner, and are honored to help them support the lives of our veterans.