Volunteers of America of Florida and The Home Depot Join Forces to Repair Affordable Housing

TARPON SPRINGS, FL. (October 1, 2015) – Over 70 staff members from the local Home Depot store banded together, as part of a TEAM DEPOT, to repair the Volunteers of America of Florida, Tarpon Springs affordable housing development this past October 1st.

The many generous Home Depot volunteers helped with several much needed renovations to the property, which included: planting flowers and trees, building a deck, cleaning the property, painting the building and much more. 

The Volunteers of America of Florida, Tarpon Village Apartments provides low income families and individuals a safe and affordable place to live. Volunteers of America of Florida strives to provide premier human services and experiences with superior results for individuals and families in need. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable veterans. Nationally, it serves approximately 40,000 veterans each year who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Volunteers of America of Florida is the largest provider of transitional housing for Veterans in the state and the third-largest provider in the country.

This volunteer effort is being made possible by a grant The Home Depot Foundation provided Volunteers of America of Florida to assist in-need Floridians in the community. This volunteer effort is one of the many joint efforts between The Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America of Florida and Volunteers of America (National). Since beginning its partnership with Volunteers of America in 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has given nearly $10 million to the organization to improve housing solutions for homeless Veterans and their families. The partnership between the two organizations has funded more than 73 Veterans’ housing projects, providing more than 2,500 units for Veterans, including more than 400 units specifically for women Veterans and their families in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Washington. In addition to the grants, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, has completed countless projects to improve Volunteers of America’s Veteran housing facilities.

“We are so grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for its commitment to helping homeless and at-risk veterans,” said Volunteers of America of Florida President & CEO Janet Stringfellow. “They share our commitment to ensure that everyone who served our country has a safe place to call home.”

Learn more about the partnership between The Home Depot and Volunteers of America.

About Volunteers of America of Florida
Volunteers of America of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1914, our ministry of service has supported and empowered Florida’s most vulnerable groups, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions, and many others. Volunteers of America of Florida serves more than 5,500 people with special needs each year through 78 programs and services in 28 locations from Pensacola to Key West. Volunteers of America of Florida is a chartered affiliate of nationally-recognized Volunteers of America, Inc. founded in New York in 1896. Learn more at www.voaflorida.org. Follow us on Twitter @VOAFLA and like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/voafl.

About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $85 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.

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