Helping Veterans Come Home to a Home

soldier bootsFor many, it’s easy to take for granted a roof over the head, a comfortable and safe place to lie down at night and heat in the winter.  But, for the nearly 400,000 United States veterans who are estimated to find that they are homeless in the course of a year, this “American Dream” is illusive.  

In 2014, The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $1.4 billion on efforts to help house homeless vets.  This resulted in a 33% decline of homeless veterans, proving that investing in this problem makes a big difference to thousands of war heroes.  

This knowledge has been recognized by many organizations.  GrantWatch.com has a large selection of funding opportunities to help nonprofits and government agencies improve the standard of living for veterans with new opportunities posted daily.  We would like to highlight one of the special companies who keep veteran needs at the forefront of their charitable work.  

Most Americans have shopped at or are at least aware of the wide range of building materials and helpful information offered at The Home Depot.  Since their opening in 1979, The Home Depot’s goal is to be a one-stop shop for all the do-it-yourselfer’s home improvement projects. Their associates undergo rigorous product knowledge and training.  They also offer workshops to customers on “how to do” home improvements themselves.

A natural outgrowth of The Home Depot’s mission to “improve homes and improve lives” led to the creation of The Home Depot Foundation.  Established in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation partners with local nonprofits offering grants and the labors of the associate-led volunteer force called Team Depot. The Foundation focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.

“The Home Depot Foundation is placing a special emphasis on U.S. military veterans who are facing growing financial and physical hardships at home as they return to civilian life. In 2011, the Foundation made a three-year, $30 million pledge to veterans' housing initiatives, which was completed more than a year ahead of schedule.

In September 2012, the Foundation announced an additional $50 million commitment to veterans' nonprofits. As of December 2014, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $82 million to provide safe housing to veterans and, along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 15,000 homes for veterans.” 

With millions of dollars available to nonprofits who specifically address veterans’ housing needs, The Home Depot is providing an outstanding opportunity to those who focus on repairing, remodeling, and maintaining affordable housing for deserving veterans and their families.  For further details about eligibility, award amounts and contact information, please visit: GrantWatch.com.