*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.
I’ve partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and their Celebration of Service campaign before (see this post) and I’ve been a fan of their philanthropic efforts for veterans ever since. In the two months between 9/11 and Veterans Day, Team Depot’s volunteers pool their talents to transform up to 1,000 homes for veterans. I like to call these kinds of efforts “meaningful makeovers” – the kind that matter to real people who are in need and in this case, the veterans who have served our country.
Giving back to veterans is important to The Home Depot since over 30,000 of their associates are veterans. This particular project took place in San Francisco at a home that is part of the independent living transitional housing program. It has served over 240 residents to date and is a place where clean and sober veterans can stay up to a year until they are positioned to find full-time employment.
On a sunny fall day, the team took over the house and began a series of projects, outdoors they repainted the entry staircase railing and replaced the nonslip strips on the stair treads.
Out in the backyard, they upgraded all of the rear yard landscaping with weed blocker fabric, drip lines, low maintenance plants, and ground cover.
Inside, they assembled new dressers and beds for all of the veterans’ bedrooms.