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Home Depot Creates Safe Places to Belong

Published September 14, 2016 07:30

You know a donor has done a lot when it’s hard to keep track of their donations. The Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Vernon Home Depots have donated over $125 000 to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. These donations are largely in-kind, directly affecting the day to day operations of our clubs.

Kelowna Home Depot is responsible for many renovations at our Downtown Youth Centre. These renovations have made the building a unified, comfortable place for the youth we serve. Often, youth at risk can feel at odds with the city. Businesses like Home Depot show these youth that they are a valuable part of the community. The company is always open to receiving resumes from our youth and they have even facilitated job shadowing opportunities.

Additionally, Home Depot staff have spruced up clubs in Rutland, Lake Country, and Oliver with a variety of renovations and products. Many staff also attended our 2016 Pink Shirt Day Breakfast in support of anti-bullying.

The West Kelowna Home Depot has been a major donor to our Webber Road location and Westside Youth Centre. In addition to grants from The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project, the West Kelowna Home Depot renovated the teen room at Webber Road. This renovation made the room a fun place for young people to hang out and bond.

While we had to let go of Camp ArrowFlight this year, the camp made an impact during its five summers in session. Vernon Home Depot renovated parts of the camp and ensured buildings met proper fire safety standards. These renovations helped us subsidize camp activities for children who may not have been able to afford summer camp.

Our local Home Depots are literally helping us provide safe places for children and young people in the Okanagan. Every renovation and product donation helps to make Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs feel like home for our youth.  

The generosity of our local Home Depots is reflective of their national concern for young people. Check out the Orange Door Project here to see what The Home Depot Canada Foundation is doing for homeless youth: http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca/news/how-the-home-depot-canada-foundation-is-helping-put-an-end-to-youth-homelessness-with-paper-doors--2

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