100 Home Depot Volunteers Help Maine Veterans
Expanding on an already vibrant partnership, approximately 100 volunteers from 11 Home Depot® stores in Maine held their “Celebration of Service” event on September 21 at two Volunteers of America veteran services programs in Saco and Biddeford, Maine.
In addition, The Home Depot® Foundation generously provided $10,000 in gift cards to purchase the supplies needed to complete 16 different projects at the Arthur B. Huot Veterans Housing in Saco and the Veterans Career House in Biddeford. In addition, BehrPro donated paint and ICS Plant Specialists donated plants for both buildings. Both veterans programs are two-year programs focused on helping Maine’s homeless veterans fight the most important battle of their lives and return to their communities.
“At the heart of our partnership with The Home Depot® and The Home Depot® Foundation is a shared deep and authentic commitment to help veterans live better lives,” said Volunteers of America Northern New England President and CEO June Koegel. “Because of this partnership, Volunteers of America
has been able to build or renovate hundreds of homes for veterans all over the country, with many more planned in the near future. Koegel added, “These men and women are our family members, friends and neighbors who have served our nation with honor. They deserve nothing less.”
The Home Depot® volunteers planned the Celebration of Service projects, which included building a new screen house; renovating a shed; planting a large garden; painting the inside common areas of the Arthur B. Huot Veterans Housing; providing picnic tables, bike racks, and
BBQ grills; building horseshoe and fire pits; and general building and landscaping improvement. Supplies and tools were also provided to help maintain the buildings.