Giving back is a core value at The Home Depot and is a passion for our associates.
Through Team Depot, our associate-led volunteer program, The Home Depot associates are encouraged and empowered to take a leadership role in the community.
From updating a youth shelter with a fresh coat of paint to improving storage solutions at a local transitional home to enhancing outdoor spaces, our associates work with local charities to improve the homes and lives of thousands of deserving Canadians in need.
Annually, The Home Depot associates contribute more than 60,000 volunteer hours to community projects across Canada. In 2015 Team Depot associates across Canada have worked with a variety of community partners to complete more than 285 projects.
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On September 22, associates from a number of The Home Depot stores across Winnipeg rallied together to complete a series of outdoor improvements at Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY).
“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 RAY every day.”
RAY was also the charitable partner of The Home Depot Winnipeg stores during The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign that took place in September. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot customers who purchased ‘paper doors’ at the applicable stores, more than $44,168 was raised.
Recently, The Home Depot Canada Foundation presented Living Rock Ministries with a $30,000 grant through its Orange Door 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 Living Rock Ministries. The Living Rock offers youth at-risk a place of belonging, safety and a bridge to community services. They support youth by offering meals, housing support/referrals, counselling, food bank, life-skills workshops and employment training.
On Sept. 21, nine stores across Atlantic Canada completed nine projects, with nine local youth-serving charities. Projects ranged from painting, building a shed, installing cabinets and landscaping, no project was to hard for our teams to tackle.
It was important to associates to complete their projects on the same day because unlike other areas of the country, stores in this region are geographically spread out. Despite the distance, associates know they can make a bigger impact as a team.
“In the Maritimes, we're all in this together,” says Julie-Lynne Gallant-Bourque, assistant store manager at store 7148 in Moncton, N.B. “We all did something for our community together.”