The Home Depot Foundation, National League of Cities, and Good360 Partner to Distribute 500 Housewarming and Tool Kits to Nonprofits Serving Military Veterans
Good360 distributed donations of 75 housewarming kits?five-gallon buckets filled with product donations from The Home Depot Foundation including free household items such as towels, cleaning supplies, and trash bags?to U.S. VETS-Phoenix for its newly completed affordable housing project. The Home Depot products were donated by The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) and then sorted into 500 kits?250 housewarming kits and 250 toolkits?by attendees at the National League of Cities (NLC) 2011 Congress of Cities & Exposition. The remaining 425 housewarming and tool kits will be distributed to nonprofits serving military veterans across the nation. The toolkits will be packed in a tool box and will include hammers, box knives, pliers, wrenches, picture hanging kits, gloves and many other items needed on a day-to-day basis.
?This is the second year the National League of Cities has partnered with Good360 to give our attendees a worthwhile service project that ultimately connects them with the community where we hold our conference each year. City officials from all over the nation helped sort and kit the free household and toolkit product donations for U.S. VETS-Phoenix and the many other nonprofits serving veterans in the United States,? said James E. Mitchell Jr., NLC President and Councilmember Charlotte, NC.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the latest studies show that more than 75,000 Veterans are homeless on a typical night and about 135,000 spend at least one night a year in a homeless shelter. In fact, military veterans make up 8% of the U.S. population, but almost 16% of homeless adults. In an effort to eliminate homelessness among veterans by 2015, the VA recently announced a plan to transform its efforts in the fight against homelessness from a focus of temporary, shelter-based services, to a focus on prevention, employment, and permanent housing. The housewarming and tool kits include product donations of essential home items which will help veterans maintain their new homes.
?Good360?s goal is to provide thousands of nonprofits who help military families, veterans and active members with free product donations. We are thankful to have the support not only of THDF, but also the NLC and the attendees at the 2011 Congress of Cities, who made this service project and free product donations possible,? said Cindy Hallberlin, CEO and President of Good360.
The Home Depot Foundation?s participation stems from a longstanding commitment to the military and veteran communities. Earlier this year, THDF pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans? critical housing needs. The Foundation?s financial commitment will be amplified by associates from The Home Depot, who will also volunteer their time and home improvement know-how skills to projects across the country.
?We are excited to support Good360 and their mission to provide nonprofits with essential product donations,? said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. ?This service project complements our pledge to help address veterans? critical housing needs by giving veterans the day-to-day household items and tools that a family will need to maintain their new home.?
U.S. VETS, the nation?s largest nonprofit provider of services to veterans, is dedicated to successfully transitioning military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. The Phoenix location recently completed 3400 Grand Ave., a new affordable housing project which will house 134 military veterans and their families.
?The kits provided by Good360 will provide U.S.VETS with an opportunity to give our newest veterans a gift they can use the minute they come to our facility and to show them that we care,? said U.S.VETS- Phoenix, State Director, Hank Doss. ?This is another great step in eliminating homelessness in Maricopa County where there are 1,200 veterans who are homeless on any given day.?
Good360 (about.good360.org) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of nonprofits by distributing corporate product donations around the world. The organization works with the nation?s top retailers and brands to provide needed products to more than 22,000 qualified nonprofit organizations.?This year, Good360 will launch the latest version of its new, innovative online donation marketplace that helps to aggregate the product needs of nonprofits and provides timely information about how product donations are used for the greater good.?Good360, formerly Gifts In Kind International, is ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation?s best-managed charities in America.
About National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (www.nlc.org) is the nation?s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing?more than 218 million Americans.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home.?In April 2011, the Foundation pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans? critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities.?To learn more and see The Home Depot?s associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org or follow on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
About the United States Veterans Initiative
Founded in 1992, U.S.VETS is dedicated to the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development, and comprehensive support. With 12 locations in six states and Washington, D.C., U.S.VETS is the largest veteran-specific nonprofit housing and service provider in the country. Focused on assisting homeless and at-risk veteran and veteran families, U.S. VETS serves over 2,000 veterans each day. In a year, U.S.VETS will help 3,000 veterans find housing and over 1,000 veterans obtain full-time employment. To learn more, visit www.usvetsinc.org or follow on Twitter @USVETSINC, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usvetsinc.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Director of Communications, Good360
Phone: (703) 299-7575
National League of Cities
Public Relations and Communications Specialist, Home Depot Foundation
Communications Coordinator, United States Veterans Initiative