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.
Check out our associates in action on our success stories, photo and video gallery pages.
When the news broke about the devastation caused by the wildfires in Alberta, The Home Depot Edmonton-area stores quickly rolled up their sleeves to give back. These stores in Northern Alberta were among the first to spring into action.
“We as a company truly, live our values,” said David Poliquin, district manager for district 191. “The wildfires in Alberta gave us a chance to give back when many people needed it most.”
Team Depot volunteers in Edmonton have been working closely with the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services assisting at their donation centres for evacuees. Volunteers have helped sort and deliver product donations. They have also helped set up a new locations for the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services.
Additionally, The Home Depot Canada has made a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help those affected by the Alberta wildfires. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners.
Team Depot volunteers from The Home Depot Store Support Centre recently visited Horizion for Youth, a 45-bed emergency youth shelter dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 years old, to help with an improvement project.
“The closet was overflowing and it would be really hard to use when teens came in to pick out donated clothing,” said Bob Hall, Fund Development Associate at Horizon for Youth.
Good thing associates at The Home Depot are storage and organization experts! Team Depot volunteers spent the day organising the donations to make the space more functional.
A number of associate teams at The Home Depot Canada’s Store Support Centre in Toronto, ON wanted to do something special during the holiday season. So, they partnered with three youth-serving charities across the city - Covenant House Toronto, Kennedy House Youth Shelter and Youth Without Shelter – to complete a number of projects and spread cheer throughout the month of December. Specifically, Team Depot associates:
As a leading retailer for décor, The Home Depot knows that the right decorations set the mood, get people into the holiday spirit and provide a backdrop for holiday memories. That’s why Team Depot volunteers at The Home Depot St. John’s, NL store, helped decorate Stella’s Circle for the holidays.
Stella’s Circle provides housing and support services is the leading social services agency in St. John’s that offers housing and support services to youth and adults in the community.
“Our team went to Naomi Centre to set up holiday decorations hoping to make the young women staying there feel more at home during the holiday season,” says Joel Stenbaugh, Team Depot Captain and specialty assistant store manager.
Associates from a number of The Home Depot stores in Lower Mainland of BC spent the day volunteering at Aunt Leah’s Place - an organization that provides safe, secure housing and programs that give young people the practical skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood and independence. Volunteers helped pre-load 60 holiday hampers with items such food and gifts for youth that have transitioned out of Aunt Leah’s Place.
“This project was about our stores getting out and partnering with an organization that helps ensure youth in the Lower Mainland have something special to open this holiday season,” said Ferd Meloche, Store Manager at The Home Depot North Surrey store. “Giving back to the community is part of our core values at The Home Depot and we are thrilled to have been a part of this project.”