Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Over 100 Volunteers to Restore Veterans’ Homes in Seattle

Mike Gregoire (First Gentleman) and John Lee (Director of the Washington St. Department of Veterans Affairs) to lend a hand

SEATTLE - On Thursday, November 4th from 8 am to 3 pm, approximately 100 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Seattle and The Home Depot will work to clean, rebuild and repair the homes of three veterans in Seattle, in early recognition of Veterans Day. Home improvements will include new flooring, new kitchen appliances, cleaning, yard work, safety improvements, and more made possible from a $25,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

Approximately 40 volunteers from local area Home Depot stores will assist Lawrence, a Vietnam War veteran living in Beacon Hill at 7301 48th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118; close to 30 will assist Henry, a Vietnam War veteran living in White Center at 12434 Ambaum Blvd SW C214, Seattle, WA 98146; and more than 10 will assist Earl, a Korean War veteran at 19516 3rd Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177.

Volunteers will also include First Gentleman Mike Gregoire and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Director, John Lee. In an effort to help others live independently in warmth and safety, Rebuilding Together Seattle focuses on providing low-income homes and non-profit facilities with critical repairs, modifications and energy-efficient upgrades at no cost to the individuals served.

“With more than 1,700 associates currently serving our country on Military Leave of Absence, support for our troops is something The Home Depot takes personally,” said Sherry Caraway, Community Affairs Manager. “That’s why The Home Depot is dedicated to supporting and honoring our men and women in uniform and their families through our business practices and volunteer donations.”

For more information on the Veterans Rebuilding Day and site locations, please call 206-682-1231 or 206-992-5512.

About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn and like us on Facebook at

About Rebuilding Together Seattle
Rebuilding Together Seattle was established in 1989 and is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization with over 200 affiliates in 50 states. We are a volunteer, charitable group that repairs homes and non-profit facilities at no cost to the individuals served. RTS serves low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need. For more information, please visit


Contact: Margie Thirlby, Rebuilding Together Seattle (206) 992-5512, or Kathryn Gallagher, The Home Depot, (949) 887-2268,

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