Published July 19, 2017 17:46
Between June 1 and July 2, Home Depot customers supported The Orange Door campaign by donating $2 in exchange for paper orange doors. The Home Depot stores in Kelowna and West Kelowna raised a total of $40 433 for our Downtown and Westside Youth Centres. The Orange Door Project campaign was established by The Home Depot Canada Foundation to help prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada.
Our Youth Centres help prevent youth homelessness by giving youth a safe place to grow and recover. Last year, both stores raised $23 634 for the youth centres. They also did a Team Depot Day renovation of the Downtown Youth Centre.
This year, both Home Depot stores increased their funding efforts. The West Kelowna store held a bottle drive and bake sale and the Kelowna store hosted a barbeque fundraiser. Capri Insurance, Kal Tire, and Kiwanis Kelowna Summit contributed to the fundraising effort.
The Kelowna Home Depot was one of the top stores of the campaign, so The Home Depot Canada Foundation doubled their funds. All proceeds from both stores go directly to our youth centres. “It is a privilege that the Home Depot has made it possible for us collectively as a company to have a huge impact in the communities that we live in,” said Kelowna Manager Steve Ngui. “Where it might be difficult for us to individually contribute, the Orange Door campaign makes it easy for anyone and everyone to get involved in ending youth homelessness.”
Assistant Manager of the West Kelowna Home Depot, Debbie Boros, coordinated a Team Depot Day renovation valued at $3200 during the time of the campaign. The project saw 20 Home Depot volunteers from Vernon to West Kelowna renovate the Westside Youth Centre. “Reaching out to the other stores was the easiest part. I had their support immediately,” said Debbie. “We know that the Westside Youth Centre gives youth at risk a safe place and the tools they need to become successful.”
Youth at both the Downtown and Westside Youth Centres appreciate The Home Depots generosity to them. The Home Depot has continually shown youth that they matter on both a national and local level. We are grateful for our strong partnership.