The Home Depot Foundation upgraded and beautified the Volunteers of America of Florida’s Pensacola Veterans Village & Living Center. Volunteers of America of Florida’s Pensacola Veterans Village provides transitional housing and supportive services to formerly homeless Veterans. The Living Center provides income eligible housing and behavioral healthcare services along with planned group activities for its residents.
60 members of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, came together on their day off to help veterans in the Pensacola community. The volunteers spent the day installing a no-dig liner and shrubbery, assembling patio furniture and landscaping. This renovation impacted over 100 homeless veterans by improving outdoor spaces.
“It’s amazing to work hand-in-hand with other companies to help the veterans in the community,” Volunteers of America Florida Regional Director Shawn Noles said.
This project in Pensacola is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s ninth annual Celebration of Service season to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and aid communities affected by natural disasters. From Sept. 19 to Veterans Day, members of Team Depot pledged 100,000 hours of service and activated more than 600 volunteer projects across the country.
“It’s always good to give back to the Pensacola community,” Davis Hwy. Home Depot Store Manager George Banta said. “I have family members who are veterans, so it’s great to give back to the veterans in the area.”
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 45,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the country. Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military.