Helping Communities Rebuild in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

November 9, 2012

By Catherine Woodling, The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation, an NLC Capstone Corporate partner, committed $1 million to the immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts in communities in the Northeast in the wake of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Donations have been made to the Red Cross, Team Rubicon and Operation Homefront.
  • A $250,000 donation was made to the American Red Cross for immediate disaster relief supplies and activities, and is in addition to the Foundation's annual gift of $500,000 to the Red Cross' disaster giving program. As part of this effort, The Home Depot also provided the Red Cross with 5,000 rakes, 5,000 shovels and 15,000 pairs of work gloves to assist with cleanup activities in communities across New York and New Jersey.
  • A $100,000 donation was made to Team Rubicon, a disaster relief group which has deployed special teams of U.S. military veterans to local communities in the Northeast, to assist on the ground in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • A $150,000 donation was made to Operation Homefront's Emergency Relief Fund will provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to service members and their dependents in in the affected areas.

The distribution of the remainder of the funds will be determined as events continue to unfold on the ground and damage assessments are made.

"Our hearts go out to the communities, families and our own associates who are dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. "We pledge to be there for the long haul as communities begin recovering and rebuilding. We will use the knowledge and expertise we have gained from responding to other large scale disasters to deploy our funds and volunteers with maximum impact. As part of our focus to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, we will search out opportunities to help veterans whose homes have been impacted by the storm."

In addition to financial donations, Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer force, is busy working with local authorities and nonprofit groups to assess damage and mobilize volunteer teams for cleanup activities.

About The Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation focused its financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. To date, the Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts. 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 $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities.  To learn , visit homedepotfoundation.org.

About the NLC Corporate Partners Program
The National League of Cities Corporate Partners Program promotes the exchange of ideas between corporate leaders and the leaders of America's cities in order to strengthen local government, encourage economic competitiveness and promote corporate civic engagement.

NLC Corporate Partners provide valuable insights and perspectives on issues facing cities and towns and offer resources to address those opportunities and challenges.