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The Home Depot Canada Foundation Commits $10 Million To Help Homeless Youth In Canada

“We’ve always been committed to helping affordable housing in Canada, and we know that you are more adversely affected the younger you are. By focusing our efforts on youth and housing, we can maximize our resources, help youth realize their potential and build brighter futures.”
– Paulette Minard, General Manager
The Home Depot Canada Foundation

In October 2013, The Home Depot Canada Foundation released its Thought Leadership White Paper on Youth Homelessness and pledged $10 million to help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.

We have named this initiative The Orange Door Project.

Over the next three years, along with our community partners, The Home Depot Canada’s suppliers, customers and associates, we will support renovation and repair projects, life skill development programs, and research and collaboration programs that benefit homeless and vulnerable youth.

Together, we can give our youth the opportunity to realize a brighter future.

Learn more about this issue by reading our White Paper.

The Home Depot associates across Canada rolled up their sleeves and gave back to their communities!

In September, The Home Depot celebrated Celebration of Service, a volunteer campaign delivered by The Home Depot associates across Canada. Throughout the month, The Home Depot associates contributed their time and hands-on expertise to complete projects that made a difference in their community.

Please visit our Team Depot page to read about some of the Celebration of Service projects completed by The Home Depot associates.

Macdonald Youth Services has curb appeal thanks to The Home Depot!

On September 25, associates from a number of The Home Depot stores across Winnipeg rallied together to complete a series of outdoor improvements at Macdonald Youth Services’ (MYS) Youth Resource Centre/Shelter. These improvements complemented some landscaping and outdoor upgrades completed earlier this year with funding provided through The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Community Grants program.

“It is always fun to bring associates together for a good cause,” said G Reyes, Store Manager and Team Depot Captain at The Home Depot St. Vital location. “We tried to make the space as inviting as possible for the youth that visit the Centre every day.”

MYS was also the charitable partner of The Home Depot Winnipeg stores during The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign that took place in June. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot customers who purchased ‘paper doors’ at the applicable stores, more than $18,000 was raised.

Wesley Youth Housing in Hamilton, ON receives $25,000 grant

Recently, The Home Depot Canada Foundation presented Wesley Urban Ministries with a $25,000 grant through its Affordable Housing Grant Program. This program is designed to support improvement projects at housing accommodations that benefit vulnerable and homeless youth.

The funds will be used to make a series of improvements at Wesley’s Youth Housing facility. Wesley Youth Services provides housing and life skills support to homeless and at-risk youth between 16 and 21 years of age, enabling youth to prepare for independent living in the community.

“The team at Wesley have become great community partners,” says Steve Graseski, Store Manager at The Home Depot Hamilton store. “Our Team Depot associates are looking forward to playing a role in tackling the to-do list so youth have a bright, efficient space in which to learn, thrive and grow.”

Charity Classic a big success!

Thank you to more than 400 participants who took part in the 2013 The Home Depot Charity Classic on August 13th at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario. Together we raised more than $1-million! The proceeds from this event will support our commitment to helping put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.

Thank you again to our supplier community for your generosity.

Affordable Housing Grant Program – 2014 Recipients

The Home Depot Canada Foundation provides grants of up to $25,000 to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accommodation that benefits youth in need. Thank you to all charitable organizations that expressed interest in this program and congratulations to the recipient organizations.

Annual Report Click here to view our 2013 Annual Report