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Press release from CNW Group

Home Depot Canada Celebrates 10-Year Milestone Through Hands-On Service

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Home Depot Canada Celebrates 10-Year Milestone Through Hands-On Service07:00 EDT Thursday, August 30, 2012Team Depot Associate Volunteer Force Marks Its 10th Celebration of Service YearTORONTO, Aug. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - (August, 30, 2012) -Beginning September 1st, Team Depot, an associate volunteer program, will mark its 10th year of its annual Celebration of Service Campaign. The month-long campaign aims to honour Team Depot volunteers from coast-to-coast acknowledging their commitment to volunteerism.Active at all 180 stores across Canada, associates are encouraged and empowered to take a leadership role in their communities by organizing and volunteering on projects with local and national partners."Giving back is vital to the core values of our organization and it's our responsibility to enhance the communities we share with our neighbours," said Kim Forgues, Vice President, Human Resources, Communications & Sustainability, The Home Depot Canada. "During this month, we recognize past contributions that have had an impact in our communities. Every helping hand makes a difference!"In 2011, Team Depot associates contributed more than 20,000 hours of service to improving communities across Canada during our Celebration of Service.Projects in various Canadian Communities for 2012 include:Cleaning up our shorelinesOutdoor beautification projects (creating gardens, community clean-ups and landscaping)Indoor renovation projects (painting, refurbishing, organization)In Toronto, from September 25 to October 4, Habitat for Humanity Toronto will join forces with The Home Depot Canada Foundation to build two semi-detached, fully-accessible houses in just 10 days. Located on Giltspur Drive (Jane and Sheppard) this ambitious blitz build will require hundreds of skilled Home Depot associates to do their utmost to ensure two families will have homes to call their own in time for the holiday weekend.To find out more about Team Depot and The Home Depot Canada Foundation please visit: homedepot.ca/foundation.About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:As the charitable arm of The Home Depot Canada, The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to using its time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and create strong communities for Canadians in need. Bringing together volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants, the Foundation supports affordable housing projects and local small-scale improvement projects that make lasting, physical improvements to the neighborhoods' it serves. Each year, associates from The Home Depot volunteer over 60,000 hours of hands-on service on community projects across Canada through Team Depot, the company's associate volunteer program.About The Home Depot:The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,255 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. SOURCE: Home Depot CanadaFor further information: Erika Botond Public Relations & Communications Manager, The Home Depot Canada Office (416) 412-6760 Mobile (647) 338-1856 Erika_Botond@homedepot.com