ATLANTA, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot® Foundation is continuing its support of Habitat for Humanity and its mission to provide simple, decent and affordable homes through sponsorship of Habitat's Veterans Build on the Mall event, June 2-5, in Washington, D.C. During the build, which supports and honors U.S. veterans and military families, Team Depot volunteers will join AmeriCorps members, veteran and civilian volunteers to frame seven houses on the National Mall, representing each branch of the military, the guard and reserves, and national service programs, such as AmeriCorps and VISTA. After the build, the frames will be delivered to Habitat affiliates in the Washington, D.C., area to be completed in partnership with Habitat partner families.
The Build on the Mall, sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, is designed to help raise awareness of important opportunities offered through Habitat's new Veterans Build initiative and its Repair Corps program.
The Veterans Build program supports and honors existing and retired military members and their families by offering affordable housing options, critical repair solutions, and opportunities for volunteering, leadership and employment. Part of the Veterans Build initiative is the Repair Corps program which offers critical home repairs such as wheelchair ramps, wider doorways and structural improvements to U.S. military veterans. With $2.7 million in funding from The Home Depot Foundation and volunteer assistance from Team Depot, The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force, the Repair Corps program will provide Habitat affiliates across the country with the resources to repair the homes of more than 180 veterans and their families.
"Our Repair Corps partnership with Habitat for Humanity International is part of our overall mission to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "We are proud to sponsor Veterans Build on the Mall in our efforts to give back to those men and women who have so bravely served our country."
In addition to honoring veterans and military families, the Build on the Mall will recognize AmeriCorps and VISTA members' important contributions to Habitat for Humanity and the Veterans Build initiative.
"Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation are deeply committed to providing affordable housing solutions to our service men and women, and their families," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are honored to serve those who have served our country and are grateful for the opportunities to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope."
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 committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.
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 $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat's blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity International