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The Home Depot Foundation Announces $120,000 Grant to Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada to Help Homeless Veterans in Sacramento

Sacramento (June 19, 2014) – The Home Depot® Foundation today announced a $120,000 grant to Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada to address the critical housing needs of U.S. military veterans. This grant is part of $1.795 million in grants announced for 10 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in eight states. These grants will be used to refurbish or build 416 housing units nationwide for homeless veterans, as well as many of their family members.

The Sacramento area project provides funds to renovate an existing apartment building to create permanent supportive housing for veteran families. The new housing will add to a growing number of housing, financial and employment focused services already being offered to veterans and veteran families in Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo and Placer counties.

“We are so grateful to Home Depot for stepping up to serve the most vulnerable,” said Leo McFarland, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada. “This funding will go a long way in helping us provide services to the brave men and women who served our country, but are now experiencing the ravages of homelessness.”

Nationally, Volunteers of America serves more than 10,000 homeless veterans each year in 46 cities.

“We’re proud to support the important work Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada is doing every day to help homeless and at-risk veterans,” said Gaven Gregory, Executive Director of The Home Depot Foundation.  “Here in Sacramento and in cities across the country, we’re putting our dollars and the time and talents of our Team Depot volunteers to work toward our commitment to help ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home.”

In addition to the grants, Volunteers of America affiliates are supported by Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force. Team Depot volunteers have already made a difference at Volunteers of America homeless veteran housing sites across the country.

About Volunteers of America
Founded locally in 1911, the Northern California & Northern Nevada office of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, operating more than 40 programs in eight categories: homeless services; homeless shelters; substance abuse treatment and recovery services; senior services; youth services; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; and low income housing. In fact, Volunteers of America provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,500 men, women and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area.

About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $65 million 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 facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

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Media Contact

Nicole Elton
Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada
916-265-3400 ext. 2012 nelton@voa-ncnn.org

Lisa Walsh
The Home Depot Foundation
770-384-4281 (o) Lisa_Walsh@HomeDepot.com

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