Bleed orange with the Home Depot team

Elizabeth Howe
November 14, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Photo courtesy of bedford.va.gov

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is The Home Depot.

The Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. Today, it's the largest home improvement retailer in the world with a 2017 revenue of $100.9 billion. It operates more than 2,200 stores across North America with 400,000 orange-blooded associates. And The Home Depot's contribution to veterans is comparable to its contribution to home improvement.

"We've been committed to veteran-related causes since our founding in 2011 and have invested more than 250 million dollars to date," said Shannon Gerber, executive director The Home Depot Foundation. 

The Home Depot Foundation focuses on improving the homes and lives of military veterans and their families. They do so through transition programs for veterans seeking careers and through home improvement projects. To date, the foundation has helped transform 40,000 veteran homes and facilities.

"We have created or rehabbed 3,000-plus units over the past years, and The Home Depot has provided over 13 million in funding to us over that time period," said Barbara Banaszynski who oversees veteran-related causes for Volunteers of America. Volunteers of America is one of the many organizations that The Home Depot Foundation works with to support veterans. 

"It is an exceptionally good partnership," Banaszynski said. "We've learned a lot from each other about what the needs of the veteran community are."

After recently achieving their $250 million goal ahead of schedule, The Home Depot Foundation announced a doubling of that goal. The company has now committed to fund $500 million-worth of veteran support programs and projects by 2020.

"Two of our core values are giving back and doing the right thing, and we couldn't think of a better cause to support than those who have served us all and sacrificed so much for our freedom," Gerber said.

That half a billion dollars is on top of the $50 million the company has committed to its trades training initiative. The initiative aims to train 20,000 skilled men and women to work in the industry pipeline by 2028. 15,000 of them will be veterans.  

"The program that we have sets them on the right path when they're in transition," Gerber said about veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. "We want to be part of that transition process to help them before they are into the civilian world. I think the impact will be huge."

Check out ways to get involved with The Home Depot's veteran efforts as well as career opportunities at The Home Depot veterans page.