—2/25/15—WASHINGTON – The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) has awarded The Home Depot Foundation with its prestigious Public Spirit Award. American Legion Auxiliary National President Janet Jefford presented the award at a special luncheon in the foundation’s honor Feb. 23 at the Auxiliary’s annual Washington DC Conference.
The ALA’s Public Sprit Award, established in 1983, is given annually to an outstanding organization and/or individual for contributions that positively impact our communities through service to our military, veterans and their families.
Since the first Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.
“It was an honor to give the award to The Home Depot Foundation,” said ALA National President Jefford, “because when I was visiting Auxiliary units throughout the country, I could actually see the results of their donations and their commitment to helping the veterans in their communities. Without The Home Depot Foundation and their involvement, our homeless veterans, especially, would be much worse off. I was inspired seeing that they don’t just give money to purchase supplies, but that they are committed to providing volunteers as well.”
Receiving the ALA’s Public Spirit Award is humbling, said Erik Dardas, regional pro sales manager for The Home Depot. “We are in awe that the organization wanted to give us an award, rather than the other way around. It gives us a proper perspective that what we’re doing with our giving and with our volunteer teams is on the mark because we truly are helping a segment – military and veterans – that truly deserves it.”
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $80 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.
Previous recipients of the ALA’s Public Spirit Award include author Sarah Smiley, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Ronald Reagan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Ann Landers, and Miss America 2000 Heather Renee French.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of more than $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
###Contact: Stacy Poca, (317) 569-4565; spoca@ALAforVeterans.org