Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RTS to celebrate Veterans Rebuilding Day this Wednesday!

RTS Veteran Program Recipient, Earl, gathers with John Lee (Director, WDVA) and First Gentleman, Mike Gregoire at the first Veterans Rebuilding Day in November 2010.

Contact: Margie Thirlby, Rebuilding Together Seattle (206) 992-5512, mthirlby@rtseattle.org www.rtseattle.org

Volunteers Honor Veterans with Free Home Repairs

First Gentleman, Mike Gregoire, to lend a hand

SEATTLE (November 16, 2011) – Once again volunteers from Rebuilding Together Seattle and The Home Depot Foundation will come together to clean, rebuild, and repair the homes of three families of veterans in Seattle this month. The work is being made possible through a $25,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

The kick off to Rebuilding Together Seattle’s 2nd Annual Veterans Rebuilding Day will take place on Wednesday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home of Louella, the widow of a veteran (house located in Skyway at 6240 S. 118th Pl. Skyway, WA 98178). 40 local Home Depot employees will volunteer their time on Wednesday to help Louella Honory, a widow of a veteran. Louella married her husband, Alex Honory, in 1989. Alex was a veteran who served in the Army and later went to work at the SeaTac Airport. The Honory’s bought their current home in 2001, but since Alex passed away from a stroke in 2009, Louella has had a hard time keeping up with the maintenance of her home. Volunteers will provide home improvements, including new flooring, new kitchen appliances, cleaning, yard work, safety improvements, and more. Joining volunteers will be First Gentleman, Mike Gregoire (arriving at 10 a.m.).

In addition, the grant from the Home Depot Foundation will go towards helping Vietnam veteran Eddie Green and disabled veteran Bill Owens with necessary home improvements. In an effort to help others live independently in warmth and safety, Rebuilding Together Seattle focuses on providing low-income homeowners 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 media visits, 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 www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

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 www.rtseattle.org.


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