On Thursday, Sept. 6, nearly 200 San Francisco Bay Area The Home Depot store associates will put their home improvement expertise to use by repairing and renovating the homes of six 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. San Francisco Bay Area associates will be deployed to six homes to complete a variety of home repair and renovation projects.
One home belongs to Berkeley resident Robert Davis, a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Air Force, whose story is detailed below. Projects for the Davis house will include:
- Re-shingle three walls/sides of house with Class A fire retardant wood shingles
- Paint outdoor decks and raise one deck that is tilting
- Various landscaping around the home to cut back and control overgrowth
ABOUT THE DAVIS FAMILY
Robert Davis was in an air evacuation squadron during the Korean War and served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was stationed in several U.S. locations and flew all over the Pacific. Davis and his wife have lived in their Berkeley home for 45 years and he does most of the upkeep himself.
On Sept. 6, The Home Depot Foundation will deploy its army of Team Depot volunteers, in partnership with HandsOn Bay Area to celebrate Davis’s service by making repairs to his home. Approximately 40 volunteers will work together to re-shingle the home’s slanted back roof and along three sides of the house with Class A fire retardant wood shingles, raise a deck that is tilting, paint four levels of outdoor decks, replace linoleum inside the house and, landscape the large backyard.
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 learnmore and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at
ABOUT HANDS ON BAY AREA
HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities. We strive to provide volunteers with a high-quality experience thatfuels further action, and we envision a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they wish to see in the world. The Home Depot Foundation is working closely with HandsOn Bay Area, an organization serving San Francisco Bay Area veterans by providing more than 80 service projects every month with partner agencies.
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.