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Announcement: Alpha Omega Veterans Services in Memphis Competing for $25,000

Alpha Omega Veterans Services in Memphis is enlisting area residents to help the organization win a $25,000 The Home Depot gift card and a full set of 50 Ryobi 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion power tools in July by voting daily in The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual Aprons in Action Facebook contest.
Alpha Omega Veterans Services in Memphis is enlisting area residents to help the organization win a $25,000 The Home Depot gift card and a full set of 50 Ryobi 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion power tools in July by voting daily in The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual Aprons in Action Facebook contest. Voting begins July 1 and runs through July 31 at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization that receives the most votes during the month will win the $25,000 prize and the Ryobi 18V ONE+ power tool collection to help carry out an organizational or community improvement project, and will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize of $250,000 at the end of the year-long program.

In the July round of the competition, Alpha Omega is competing against three other veterans-focused organizations across the country including Three Hots and A Cot in Birmingham, Ala., Veterans of America in Denver, Colo., and Stiggy’s Dogs in Howell, Mich. The runner-up organizations will receive $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards and a Ryobi 18V ONE+ 3-Piece Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit.

"If we win the $25,000 from The Home Depot we would be able to complete upgrades to various Alpha Omega locations so we can better assist our veteran population. So help us make a difference by voting everyday on Facebook, and tell everyone you know to do the same!” said Cordell Walker, executive director of Alpha Omega Veterans Services.

Each month during the year-long Aprons in Action competition, The Home Depot Foundation will select four organizations that support U.S. veterans to compete for the monthly prize. In May 2013, Facebook fans will be recruited by all 11 monthly winners to vote in the final round of the contest. The organization that receives the most votes will win the $250,000 grand prize from The Home Depot Foundation and the organizations that earn the second and third most votes will win $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.

Voting runs from July 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET through July 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Find Aprons in Action on The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. Voting is available on computers and mobile devices.

The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on August 1, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations that support our nation’s veterans, like Alpha Omega Veterans Services. Volunteers from Team Depot will offer additional hours and supplies to each of the featured nonprofits for extra work in their communities through the Aprons in Action Program.

“The Aprons in Action program is a fun way for us to support the organizations that help our nation’s heroes,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Throughout the competition, we will provide $1 million to 44 deserving organizations to help them continue their service and generate awareness of their community efforts.”

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, charitable corporation that provides disabled and displaced veterans with the social services needed to totally reintegrate veterans back into society. Alpha Omega Veterans Services pledge is to never lose sight of the individual needs of each client served. This tenet, along with the motto, “helping veterans help themselves,” has enabled Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. to remain an undisputed leader in providing quality supportive services and housing for homeless veterans and their families.

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 www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.


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