Home Depot in Airdrie raises more than $4,000 for Boys and Girls Club
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am
The Home Depot Canada Foundation raised $946,938 to help combat youth homelessness with The Orange Door Project that ran from May 29 to July 2, and the Airdrie Home Depot raised $4,258 for the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA).
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Denisa Sanness, executive director for the BGCA. “We’re extremely grateful. It sounds like the Airdrie store went over and above to collect donations.”
“Youth homelessness is a serious issue in this country and we want to thank our associates and customers across the country that helped to bring the issue to the forefront through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign,” said Paulette Minard, general manager of the Home Depot Canada Foundation in a press release. “One hundred per cent of the funds raised will support a local youth-serving housing charity providing housing and life-skills programs to vulnerable youth.”
For Airdrie, the funding will go to the BGCA’s Youth Outreach Program, which provides at-risk youth in the community with the support they need to find safe housing and develop life-skills.
“The Youth Outreach Program supports youth, age 12 and up, faced with a variety of issues,” Sanness said, adding issues range from trouble with friends, to homelessness and addiction.
“The program supports where youth is at and provides them with that one-on-one support,” she said, adding the program goes to the community the youth in need is located.
The Orange Door Project was held at Home Depot locations across Canada and allowed customers to purchase a paper orange door for $2, with 100 per cent of the door purchase going to local charities.
The more than $4,000 raised in Airdrie translates to 2,129 orange doors being purchased by local Home Depot customers.
“We are very honoured the community believes in supporting us and local business,” Sanness said.
The Home Depot Canada Foundation has invested more than $13 million to help improve homes and communities across Canada since 2009. The primary focus of the foundation is to help put an end to youth homelessness, according to the press release.
The Orange Door Project comes out of the Foundation’s three-year pledge, which began in 2013, to donate $10 million to support renovation and repair projects and programs that help fight youth homelessness.
“Together we can and will make a difference in the lives of Canada’s youth one orange door at a time,” Minard said.
For more information on the foundation, visit homedepot.ca/foundation