The Home Depot Enlists Americans to Join the “Doing Nation”: Turn Outdoor Spring Sprucing Projects into Support for Veterans

Primary tabs

The Home Depot Enlists Americans to Join the “Doing Nation”: Turn Outdoor Spring Sprucing Projects into Support for Veterans

The Home Depot Foundation to Donate $100 to Nonprofits for Each Spring Project Completed; Total Contribution Could Reach $125,000
tweet me:
Help @HomeDepotFdn donate $125,000 to #vets nonprofits. Join the #DoingNation!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 1:00pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media) Atlanta, GA - April 12, 2012 – The Home Depot®, world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced today the launch of its “Doing Nation,” a special spring initiative on Facebook that allows consumers to turn their outdoor projects into cash for a good cause.  The program runs from April 12, 2012 through May 24, 2012, with the potential of up to $125,000 being donated to four nonprofit organizations serving U.S. military veterans and their families:  Fisher House Foundation, Operation Homefront, U.S.Vets and Volunteers of America.

To participate, consumers can go to The Home Depot or The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page, or directly to, and choose how many of the six easy and fun outdoor projects they want to tackle.  Once their project is completed, consumers simply upload a photo of their creation and select which organization they would like to receive $100.  The Home Depot Foundation will donate up to $25,000 to each of the four nonprofits for projects completed in their honor, and will double the total amount for the organization that receives the most projects. 

The six spring sprucing projects that people can complete to benefit the organizations include:

  • Raised Garden Bed: Raised garden beds help homeowners conserve water while growing gorgeous plants, herbs and vegetables.
  • Envirotile Porch/Patio: Innovative tiles made from recycled tires are used to create flooring for the ideal patio space.
  • Outdoor Chandelier: Hang an outdoor chandelier from the bough of a tree to add a stunning focal point to an outdoor dinner setting.  
  • Firepit: Pavers and soil are used to create an easy backyard accent that families will love.
  • Vertical Garden: A unique project for the backyard or patio, the vertical garden creates a work of art from live goods and flowers.
  • Leaning Ladder Garden: Perfect for herbs and small planters, the leaning ladder is a beautiful design project for both large and small spaces.

Each project will have a detailed how-to video highlighted on the Doing Nation Facebook application and consumers can download shopping lists for each project directly to their mobile phones. The how-to videos will also be posted on the Company’s YouTube channel.

“We hope people will join our Doing Nation and have some fun with these great outdoor projects,” said Craig Menear, executive vice president-merchandising, The Home Depot, and chairman of The Home Depot Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We offer great values every day at The Home Depot, but now we’re taking it a step further – we’re giving consumers the power to donate up to $600 each to support our nation’s veterans using our money.”

To learn more or to start doing these spring sprucing projects that do extra good, please visit


About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,253 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.

About The Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans.  Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at


Catherine Woodling
+1 (770) 384-2304
The Home Depot Foundation
Kelly Backus
+1 (770) 384-3287
The Home Depot
Keywords: Social Impact & Volunteering | Cause Marketing | Home Depot Foundation | Positive Change | Social Change | Social Media | Youth Action

CONTENT: Press Release