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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Threshold Housing Society provides transitional housing to youth who have been abandoned, are escaping violence, or are leaving foster care. They supplement this crucial housing service with life-skills programs and resources that assist youth in attaining full independence. Recently, a new three-story building was donated to the organization that provides safe and stable housing for up to ten youth.
On July 13th, more than fifty Team Depot volunteers from across British Columbia travelled up to five hours to renovate Threshold’s new building. The volunteers painted the ground floor, hallway, stairwells, and adjacent rooms to bring new life to the space. Cameron Rundell, operations assistant store manager at The Home Depot of Saanich, B.C. noted, “Threshold has a big impact on the local community so we have real buy-in from associates and customers.”
Starting on September 1st, all of The Home Depot stores in Victoria will be raising funds through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign in support of Threshold Society’s invaluable work with homeless youth.
The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s regional partner, Covenant House Vancouver, shows homeless youth that they are not alone. In their shelter, homeless youth receive a variety of services necessary for them to reach their full potential in life. This fall, all The Home Depot stores in the lower mainland area of British Columbia will be raising funds to support Covenant House’s work in Vancouver.
Funds raised through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign by associates at The Home Depot Lower Mainland stores will support Covenant House’s transitional housing programs that teach youth the necessary tools to live independently as well as their comprehensive training and support services.
In addition to raising funds for the Covenant House Vancouver throughout September, on June 15, forty Team Depot volunteers came together and prepped and painted the entire second floor of Covenant House. This included rooms such as the recreational room, kitchen, hallways, and eleven bedrooms for homeless youth to temporarily stay. Store manager and participant Nick Dawson noted, “Many of the youth are coming off the streets. For them to come to a clean, fresh place to live will be good for everyone’s morale.”
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.