Many veterans are wheelchair users either because of injuries they sustain in the service of their country or because of their age. When Stanley Crane of Fredericksburg, Virginia needed a wheelchair lift, the Veterans Administration agreed to provide one. The problem was that his deck was in bad shape and would also need to be replaced, something the VA couldn’t do.
So Crane’s community came to the rescue, according to Fredericksburg.com.
The Veteran’s Administration reached out y to Rebuilding Together–Fredericksburg, a non-profit that has refurbished more than 800 homes for low-income and disabled people in the area over a period of more than 25 years.
Rebuilding Together Fredericksburg contacted The Home Depot Foundation, which supplied $8,000 worth of materials. Team Depot and Rebuilding Together–Fredericksburg volunteers worked together to rebuild Crane’s deck.
The project was the first of a series Team Depot members are tackling through Veterans Day as part of The Home Depot Foundation’s 8th annual Celebration of Service season to support veterans worldwide.
Team members tore down the old deck before framing the 12- by 16-foot structure which will be maintenance-free since it’s made of maintenance-free Trex decking boards.
Trex decking is made from 95 percent recycled materials, including reclaimed wood and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items, such as the plastic overwrap on packaging for paper towels and toilet paper, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, grocery and shopping bags.
The Home Depot Foundation’s (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the new construction or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing and transitional facilities for veterans. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.
The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date.