FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA, GA (September 12, 2008) —
The Home Depot® Foundation today announced that it will continue its partnership with KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing play back into the lives of children. The Home Depot is a founding partner of KaBOOM!, and the organizations have been working together since 1996 to build playgrounds and playing fields across North America. In addition to building great places for children to play, the partnership will focus on creating and sharing sustainable practices for a wide array of volunteer initiatives.
In 2009, KaBOOM! and The Home Depot Foundation will create 57 sustainable places to play, activate approximately 7,000 Team Depot associate-volunteers and 4,000 community volunteers so that over the lifetime of the playgrounds, more than 570,000 children will have a great place to go outside and play.
Three of these playgrounds will be ‘green’ playground pilot projects, created with new types of sustainable manufactured equipment. This year, the organizations are adding a new focus on reducing the environmental impact of the design, production, building and maintenance of the play area. Each project will also include an environmental education curriculum to teach approximately 14,250 community leaders, Team Depot associate-volunteers and children about ways to minimize the environmental impact of any community development project.
This new phase of the partnership will also create and disseminate sustainable practices for any volunteer-based initiatives. The Home Depot Foundation and KaBOOM! will undertake research, education and outreach initiatives to create, record and share sustainable volunteer practices. These practices will then serve as a green road map to help guide common volunteer projects towards creating a more environmentally friendly work process and end product.
“The Home Depot has been working with KaBOOM! for more than a decade, so we’re proud to continue this partnership and expand its goals. Now, not only will our associates work side by side with members of the community building great places for kids to play, they’ll be creating sustainable, green areas where children and their parents can gather to appreciate nature and learn how to protect the environment,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation.
Darell Hammond, CEO and Co-Founder of KaBOOM! said, “We are proud to be extending one of the longest, and certainly the largest, public private partnerships with The Home Depot Foundation. This new focus on sustainability will enable KaBOOM! to use our capacity to activate volunteers to make the world a better place for everybody, including the kids.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. Through the incorporation of responsible design, homes built with durable and quality materials are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and are overall a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $70 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 50,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters, visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.