The Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together Miami Dade Team Up to Transform Homes of Five Local Veterans During Sept. 6 "Celebration of Service" Event.

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Miami Event Launches Two Month Effort To Address Veterans' Housing Needs; Part of Effort to Repair The Homes Of 100 Veterans Across The Country In One Day

WHAT:

On Thursday, Sept. 6, more than 100 Miami area The Home Depot store associates will put their home improvement expertise to use by repairing and renovating the homes of five local military veterans to kick off The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual ‘Celebration of Service’ campaign. Celebration of Service is The Home Depot Foundation’s two-month initiative to honor U.S. military veterans, celebrate their contributions and provide support to nonprofit organizations that serve them.

To launch the effort, The Home Depot Foundation has enlisted Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, to repair and renovate the homes of 100 veterans in a single day. Miami area associates will be deployed to five homes to complete a variety of home repair and renovation projects.

One home belongs to Elvin Thompson, an 82-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army, whose story is detailed below. Projects for the Thompson house will include:

• Replacing kitchen cabinets, sink and repainting interior and exterior of home
• Roof and ceiling repairs
• Bathroom ADA modifications

The Home Depot Foundation is working closely with Rebuilding Together Miami Dade, an organization serving Miami area veterans by providing free rehabilitation services to low-income, elderly, military veterans and families and disabled homeowners. The repair efforts on Sept. 6 are being funded by an $80,000 grant The Home Depot Foundation has awarded to Rebuilding Together Miami Dade to help the organization continue to give back to local veterans.

Last year, nearly 9,000 store associates worked side-by-side with veterans to complete 320 service projects in cities across the country. This year, The Home Depot associates will not only renovate 100 homes in a single day, but they will also complete hundreds of other service projects across the country between September 11 and Veteran’s Day to give back to those who have served our nation.

WHO:

Elvin Thompson, U.S. Army Veteran and homeowner
Spokespeople from The Home Depot Foundation
Bob Miller, Chairman of the Board, Rebuilding Together Miami
James McCants, Community Outreach Director, Rebuilding Together Miami
Additional local veterans receiving home repairs during Celebration of Service

WHEN & WHERE:

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Kick-off activities and keynote speeches
The Home Depot
19400 SW 106th Avenue
Miami, FL 33157

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Volunteer activities and interview opportunities
The home of Elvin Thompson
1504 Pierce Street
Miami, FL 33176

CONTACT:

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Pollack, MSL for The Home Depot Foundation
O: 404.870.6868 M: 404.219.5099 E: lisa.pollack@mslgroup.com


ABOUT THE THOMPSON FAMILY

Elvin Thompson, an 82-year-old decorated U.S. Army veteran, spent 21 months as a sergeant in Korea and received multiple medals for his service and courage. He and his wife Theressia, 80, have lived in the same house for more than 50 years. The house now suffers from water leaks and is in desperate need of roof repair. The Thompsons require accessibility modifications to the home, including enlarging the doorway to the bathroom. The kitchen cabinets are original from the 1950s and no longer close completely. On Sept. 6, 2012, The Home Depot Foundation and Rebuilding Together Miami Dade will celebrate Thompson’s commitment to his country by completing these much needed repairs. The Team Depot volunteer force will additionally repaint the interior and exterior of the home and increase the overall energy efficiency of the home.


ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. The Home Depot Foundation surpassed the pledge more than a year ahead of schedule. As part of its second annual Celebration of Service campaign, the Foundation is now committing an additional $50 million to housing nonprofits over the next three years in an effort to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.


About Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free rehabilitation services to low-income, elderly, veterans, and disabled homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates and is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

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Contact:
Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
dfales.rtmiami@bellsouth.net
(305) 665-1146 x213
(786) 290-7877

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