Calgary Homeless Foundation

Calgary Homeless Foundation

September 14, 2010 14:35 ET

Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Home Depot Canada Foundation Media Advisory: Join Us in Celebrating a New Playground in Acadia on Thurs. Sept. 16, 2010

Children (and adults) celebrate completion of new playground at Acadia Place in Calgary

Thursday, September 16, 2010

- More than 200 volunteers from the Calgary Homeless Foundation, The Home Depot and the community to build the playground in one day -

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) -

WHAT: Children from Acadia Place and the surrounding community will join in the celebration of their new playground on September 16 at 3:30 p.m. The playground will be built during the day.
   
  Developed by non-profit organization KaBOOM!, the playground is made possible by a $65,000 grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation and a $7,500 contribution from the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
   
WHERE: Acadia Place is a 58-unit affordable housing complex in southeast Calgary. With two-and three-bedroom suites and close proximity schools and public transit, the complex is ideal for families. It was acquired by the Calgary Homeless Foundation in 2009 with financial support from the Alberta government and The City of Calgary.
   
  Along with providing safe and affordable housing with supports, the Calgary Homeless Foundation wants to build a healthy and happy community. What better way than with a playground?
   
WHO: In addition to the children, attendees will include adults from Calgary churches, the Acadia community and adults who volunteered through the Foundation to construct the playground. There will also be more than 100 associates from local The Home Depot stores on-site volunteering their know-how as part of Team Depot, the company's associate volunteer program.
   
  We will also welcome the Honourable Jonathan Denis, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and MLA for Calgary Egmont.
   
ADDRESS: 333 Heritage Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta
   
WHEN: Thursday, September 16  
  9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Project kick-off
  10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Final construction phase and adjustments
  3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Celebration event
  (Note: All times approximate)  

ABOUT: Calgary Homeless Foundation

The Calgary Homeless Foundation leads the implementation of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Issued in January 2008, Calgary's 10 Year Plan was created by the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, a community-based, multi-stakeholder, leadership group who issued the Plan and selected the Foundation to implement the Plan. The Foundation is moving forward on Calgary's 10 Year Plan in partnership with the many homeless serving agencies, the private sector, our government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary once and for all. For more information, please visit http://www.calgaryhomeless.com.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation

Since 1997, The Home Depot has invested over $4 million and 60,000 volunteer hours to help build play spaces, including 69 playgrounds and ice rinks with KaBOOM! and community partners across Canada. Throughout 2010, The Home Depot Canada Foundation will continue to provide funding, materials and volunteer support to make play space projects such as this a reality. The Home Depot Canada Foundation works with KaBOOM! to incorporate sustainable projects and practices into its build efforts.

As the charitable arm of The Home Depot Canada, The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to building affordable, sustainable housing and vibrant, environmentally responsible communities for Canadian families in need. Bringing together volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants, the Foundation supports affordable, sustainable housing projects, local neighbourhood improvement projects and community initiatives focused on the environment. Each year, associates from The Home Depot volunteer over 60,000 hours of hands on service on community projects across Canada through Team Depot, the company's volunteer program. For more information, please visit homedepot.ca/foundation.

KaBOOM!

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the organization is focused on giving every child in North America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,800 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

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