I’m so excited today to announce that the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, Michigan is the May winner of our Aprons in Action program on Facebook. They received 6,181 votes, or 41 percent of the total votes cast. A big thanks to everyone who voted for them, and for all of the finalists. And kudos to the Ronald McDonald House for working so hard every day to mobilize their supporters to vote. There were so many moving posts on our Facebook wall about families that have been helped in Detroit by this great organization. As most people know, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are seeking medical treatment in a city far from their hometown. High hotel and food bills are a tremendous burden on families whose lives are on hold as they care for their sick children, and Ronald McDonald Houses provide a comfortable, safe place for these families that eliminates part of their financial stress and provides tremendous emotional support. Each home is independently operated, so fundraising is certainly a big goal for them.
The Home Depot associates in Detroit have already volunteered their time and know-how skills to make some improvements at the Ronald McDonald House, and with this $25,000 gift card, they’ll be able to complete additional rehab work on the house that is much needed. They’ll be installing new carpeting, painting the interior of the home, replacing malfunctioning windows, and renovating several more guest rooms for the many families who are served by the organization each year.
Congrats are also in order for the Children’s Cancer Association, WNY AmeriCorps, and Youth for Tomorrow for participating in May’s competition. Each of these organizations will receive a $5,000 gift card to complete projects alongside their Team Depot volunteer partners. All these organizations provide a valuable service to their respective communities, and we look forward to the great work we are going to do together. Check back on our website or Facebook page to see photos and videos of their progress.
Through our Aprons in Action program, our goal is to give you a window into the volunteer work our associates do every day in their local communities. They use their project know-how skills to improve the homes and lives of deserving families. Check out some of our recent Team Depot projects on our web site. In addition, we want to highlight the work of the great nonprofits we partner with in local communities across the U.S. And finally, we want to give you…the online community…an opportunity to vote for your favorite projects – your votes are going to help us give away $1 million through Facebook this year to local nonprofits like the Ronald McDonald House.
So jump on the bandwagon and visit our Facebook page to vote for the newly announced June finalists. You can vote once a day from now until June 30. It’s a great group of nonprofits:
- The Abilities Foundation (Seminole, FL) raises, invests, and distributes funds to ensure that people with disabilities have proper employment, housing, and health needs.
- The Jerusalem House (Atlanta, GA) provides permanent, supportive housing for homeless and low income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Service International (St. Louis, MO) reaches out to people in desperate situations all over the world. They empower individuals and communities in crisis to help themselves by providing relief training and assistance for natural disasters, crisis relief, and medical care.
- Teen Challenge (Reno, NV) provides residential recovery programs for men, women, children and families throughout California and Nevada.