The Home Depot Launches Project Homefront to Support Military Families
One Million Volunteer Service Hours and $1 Million Committed;
Initiative Salutes Our 1,700 + Home Depot Associates Deployed
ATLANTA, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot today announced Project Homefront, a national program it has created to help military families repair and maintain their homes while a family member is deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In coordination with Rebuilding Together, the country's largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization, The Home Depot will commit $1 million to the project and one million hours of service through its Team Depot volunteer corps. "With Project Homefront we are reinforcing a long-standing commitment to servicemen and women by lending a helping hand to the families of deployed personnel. In addition to supporting the loved ones of more than 1,700 Home Depot associates who have been deployed in this conflict, Project Homefront will channel support for thousands of other military personnel who have pressing projects related to their homes," said Bob Nardelli, chairman, president & CEO of The Home Depot. Team Depot volunteers will dedicate one million hours of community service, including general household repairs. The $1 million pledged by The Home Depot will provide cash and materials to support Rebuilding Together in meeting the home improvement needs of military families. To learn more, log on to www.ProjectHomefront.org beginning Friday, April 4. The Web site contains instructions for how to volunteer time and make financial donations to help sustain the project. "Our organization has partnered with The Home Depot for many years in rehabilitating homes for those in need. With volunteers from The Home Depot and others committed to this cause, we hope to meet the most pressing home improvement needs military families may have during these trying times," said Patricia R. Johnson, president & CEO of Rebuilding Together. In addition to its participation with Rebuilding Together, The Home Depot will provide other assistance to military families in the coming weeks through its Team Depot volunteers. The company will host special Kids Workshops in its stores that operate in military base communities. These events will provide children and their families with a project to make their own picture frame for deployed family members. In addition, the company will host store clinics to teach military spouses the "how-to's" of homefront maintenance. Information about the times and locations of these events will be made available in each community soon. The company also announced that it has commissioned and will display service star banners to recognize each of the more than 1,700 company associates who are deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. All the banners will be displayed at the company's headquarters in Atlanta and each store will receive a banner for the number of associates who are engaged in active duty. The company also will provide a banner to each family of its deployed associates. Service star banners first were introduced in World War I. The blue star on the banner represents a service member in active duty. Project Homefront is a continuation of The Home Depot's support for the military community. To recognize our longstanding efforts, The Home Depot was the recent recipient of the "Corporate Patriotism Award" from the American Veteran Awards. This prestigious honor recognized the company's support of the military by providing pay and benefits to associates and their families who serve in the armed forces and launching a corporate outreach policy to employ service members when they exit the military. About The Home Depot Founded in 1978, The Home Depot(R) is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2002 sales of $58.2 billion. The company employs approximately 300,000 associates and has 1,554 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, seven Canadian provinces, and Mexico. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Formalized in 1989, Team Depot, the company's associate volunteer corps, has contributed more than $175 million and tens of millions of hours to worthwhile causes in communities across North America. Last year alone, Team Depot volunteered approximately 7 million hours to community services. About Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading non-profit volunteer organization, restoring and revitalizing America's low-income houses and communities. With the support of leading corporations such as The Home Depot, more than 70,000 homes and non-profit facilities have been rehabilitated by Rebuilding Together since 1988. Home Depot and Rebuilding Together partnered to repair the roof of the Pentagon following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.RELATED LINKS
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