The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada

September 22, 2007 07:00 ET

The Home Depot Canada: 19,000 Volunteer Hours and 125 Revitalization Projects Change Communities Across Canada

3,500 regional Team Depot volunteers drive annual program

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2007) - Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada & Asia, picked up a paint brush today and joined the neighbourhood of Spryfield in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Nova Scotia, its local Boys & Girls Club and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly to reinforce the company's month-long effort to refresh and revitalize play spaces and community gathering areas across Canada. As part The Home Depot Canada's Corporate Month of Service, Verschuren worked with volunteers to landscape around a playground and paint at a local community building. Verschuren is just one of more than 3,500 The Home Depot Canada associates who donated 19,000 volunteer hours towards community projects throughout September.

"I'm so proud of the associates from each of our 159 stores who participated in projects during September to create safe play spaces and revitalize their communities," said Verschuren. "Through this volunteer initiative and during projects year-round, The Home Depot associates have the opportunity to help identify needs in their community, engage their neighbours and use their unique skills in the home improvement and building industry to make a real impact in the communities where they live and work."

During September, associates from The Home Depot Canada mobilized more than 3,500 volunteers in their communities to participate in service projects to address play space and other community needs - from building picnic tables and benches to landscaping and painting - as part of the fifth annual Corporate Month of Service.

"Children need safe and welcoming places to play, so we're thrilled the Home Depot team has taken on a project that will have such a positive impact on children in our communities," says Mayor Peter Kelly. "We applaud The Home Depot and its volunteers for their tireless commitment to the community, in both HRM and across Canada."

With the paint now dry and the concrete set, more than 125 not-for-profit partners and thousands of residents across the country are enjoying the benefits of new play spaces and other revitalized community spaces. Projects ranged from Team Depot volunteers refreshing a transitional home for youth in Montreal, Quebec, to teams of more than 150 building an entire playground in just one day in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"Before September, our concrete parking lot playground was hardly inspirational and there was no playground or picnic area close by," said Darlene MacLean, Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Club Spryfield. "Now, as a result of a strong and motivated community partnership, it's become a beautiful, green safe place to play and the clubhouse is more welcoming than ever. We wouldn't have been able to do it without the expertise of the associates from The Home Depot. It's going to make an important difference in the daily lives of the children and families in our community."

Throughout 2007, The Home Depot Canada is committed to volunteering 60,000 hours to community projects across the country. The Home Depot associates who volunteer their time at community projects are part of Team Depot, a store-based volunteer program established in 1994 to encourage and enable associates to give back to their communities.

About The Home Depot Canada

Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer currently operating 2,209 stores, including 159 The Home Depot stores across Canada. In fiscal 2006, The Home Depot had sales from continuing operations of $79.0 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $5.3 billion. The Company employs approximately 350,000 associates, including more than 30,000 Canadians.

Giving back is a core value at The Home Depot Canada. Whether it's building a playground for children, building affordable housing, or shoring up an overflowing river, giving back is the foundation upon which The Home Depot was built. Every day, associates are making an impact in the communities in which they live, through Team Depot projects taking place nationwide. With their leader Annette Verschuren as the co-founder and chair of the Canadian Corporate Council on Volunteering, Team Depot gave back 60,000 volunteer hours in 2006.

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