Michigan Vets Foundation and 313 Project are Two of 10 Aprons in Action Finalists

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    The Michigan Vets Foundation and the 313 Project, each a monthly winner in The Home Depot Foundation’s year-long Facebook voting program called Aprons in Action, are competing this month against eight other finalists for the $250,000 grand prize. Voting begins May 1 and runs through May 31 at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization with the most votes at the end of the month will win the top prize of $250,000. Organizations with the second and third most votes will receive $150,000 and $100,000 from The Home Depot Foundation, respectively.

    Each month since the Aprons in Actions contest began in June 2012, The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook fans helped one of the 11 finalists win $25,000 to better the communities they serve. This month, the Michigan Vets Foundation and the 313 Project are competing against the following nonprofit organizations from across the country:

    ·        June 2012 Winner: Volunteers of America Greater Ohio (Columbus, OH)
    ·        July 2012 Winner: Stiggy’s Dogs (Howell, MI)
    ·        September 2012 Winner: AMVETS Post 44 (Struthers, OH)
    ·        November 2012 Winner: Low Income Housing Institute (Seattle, WA)
    ·        December 2012 Winner: VFW Post 2777 (Burton, MI)
    ·        February 2013 Winner: Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (Grand Rapids, MI)
    ·        March 2013 Winner: Active Heroes (Louisville, KY)
    ·        April 2013 Winner: Saratoga County RPC-VETHELP (Ballston Spa, NY)

    “We are excited about this final round of competition to win $250,000,” said Tyrone Chatman, executive director of the Michigan Veterans Foundation. “We need all boots on the ground to win the grand prize to help us strengthen our service for veterans. So we encourage everyone to go on Facebook and vote for us!”

    Since receiving the $25,000 grant from winning the October competition, the Michigan Veterans Foundation revamped its resident dining hall and bought equipment, including power and lawn tools, for building and janitorial maintenance.

    “The Aprons in Action grant has not only made our work in support of veterans and underserved communities possible, it has connected us to an invaluable array of volunteers and supportive organizations,” said Aisa Villarosa Berg, co-founder and director of the 313 Project. “Winning the $250,000 grant would tremendously aid us in our goal to establish a legal aid and resource center for these underserved groups. So we encourage everyone to go on Facebook and vote for us!”

    Using the $25,000 grant it received from winning the January competition, the 313 Project is currently restoring buildings and removing blight on Detroit’s east side to create transitional housing opportunities as well as providing skills training and classroom and legal aid space. The organization is also building a memorial mural and garden honoring U.S. veterans.

    How To Vote
    Voting runs from May 1 at 9 a.m. ET through May 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 device web browsers.

    The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on June 1 at 9 a.m. ET.
    For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go towww.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 the Michigan Vets Foundation and the 313 Project. Volunteers from Team Depot offer additional hours and supplies to each of the featured nonprofits for extra work in their communities through the Aprons in Action Program. 

    “During Aprons in Action, we have the privilege of working with veterans organizations to elevate awareness of the work they do and award them with funds to continue their efforts,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “When the May contest finale concludes, The Home Depot Foundation will complete its goal of donating $1 million to 44 deserving nonprofits to help them continue their service to sup
    port our country’s veterans.”


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