Local Volunteer Project Part of Nationwide “Celebration of Service” Campaign for Improving the Homes and Lives of Veterans
WHAT: On Friday, October 18, The Home Depot Foundation will help transform the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum, which honors Prisoners of War and Missing in Action who have served in any branch of the United States military. More than 40 members of Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, will support the project on their day off.
The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum raises awareness of the courage and sacrifice of Americans captured during a time of war who returned alive, perished or have not yet been returned.
This project in St. Louis is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s ninth annual Celebration of Service season to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and aid communities affected by natural disasters. From September 19 to Veterans Day, members of Team Depot are pledging 100,000 hours of service and planning to activate more than 600 volunteer projects across the country.
This year, the Foundation is unveiling a new theme – Operation Surprise – that celebrates the selfless spirit of our veterans by surprising them with life-changing moments. The community is invited to visit HomeDepotFoundation.org to nominate a deserving veteran to receive a home repair grant for up to $25,000. The winner will be announced Veterans Day.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has transformed more than 45,000 homes and facilities for veterans across the country. Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military.
Volunteer projects will include:
• Completing wall and ceiling repairs to enhance museum design
• Remodeling restrooms to allow for a better guest experience
• Installing windows and baseboards to reface the museum
• Mounting fire alarms to ensure the safety of guests and artifacts
WHO: Spokespeople available for interviews include:
• Jeremy Kirksey, The Home Depot, (Onsite Contact: 618-520-7024)
• Paul Dillon, president, Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum
WHERE: 16 Hancock Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63125
WHEN: Friday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Caroline Yancey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-498-2146.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $315 million in veteran causes and improved more than 45,000 veteran homes and facilities in 4,300 cities. In 2018, the Foundation pledged an additional $250 million to veteran causes taking the total commitment to half of a billion dollars by 2025.
To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit thd.co/foundation and follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and Facebook + Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.
About The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum
Founded in 2011, the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum is a 501C(3) nonprofit, non-partisan, all-volunteer organization that honors the service and tremendous sacrifices of POWs and MIAs, but is also a source of deep pride for Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, the state of Missouri and all Americans. It also provides a facility located in the Old 1896 Officers Quarters Building in Jefferson Barracks for the gathering and preserving of POW and MIA artifacts, information and history. The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum is made possible by the support of local veteran associations, individual and corporate donors as well as volunteers.
To learn more, join or support The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum’s mission, visit https://jbpow-mia.org/ or follow on Facebook.