Lethbridge Home Depot launches Orange Door fundraising campaign

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    Donations will benefit the YWCA Lethbridge & District

    The Home Depot Canada’s Lethbridge store will launch its Orange Door fundraising campaign June 1, in support of the YWCA Lethbridge & District.

    Until July 2, customers can donate $2 at the store’s checkout in exchange for an orange paper door. All donations will help the YWCA Lethbridge & District support and empower young adults who are homeless or have the potential of becoming homeless.

    “In neighbourhoods across Canada, kids as young as 13 are experiencing homelessness for the first time. Together, we can shine a light on this serious social issue and inspire our friends, family and neighbours to take action to help,” said Jeff Kinnaird, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada.

    The Orange Door Project was established with the goal of eliminating youth homelessness in Canada. One hundred eighty-two Home Depot Canada stores are taking part in this year’s campaign by selling paper orange doors in-store, and by rolling up their sleeves to help local charities complete renovation projects.

    The Home Depot Canada covers all administrative costs of the campaign, ensuring 100 per cent of customer donations made at the Lethbridge store benefit the YWCA Lethbridge & District. In 2016, the store raised $7,829.

    For more information, visit: www.orangedoorproject.ca.

    Quick Facts:

    • The Orange Door Project in-store fundraising campaign has raised more than $6.6 million since 2007.

    • In 2016, Home Depot Canada associates donated 60,000 hours of hands-on help in their communities.

    • Homelessness can begin as young as age 13 – and if not addressed, can lead to years on the streets (source:Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey).

    • Every night, 6,000 young people in Canada either sleep outside or go to an emergency shelter. Even more are part of a hidden homeless population who ‘couch surf’ with family or friends.

    About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:

    The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to helping prevent and put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the Foundation has pledged $20 million by 2018 to improve housing options, support life-skills development programs, and invest in research that ensures funding is directed to the most effective solutions designed to help youth build brighter futures. For more information, please visit: www.orangedoorproject.ca.

    About the YWCA Lethbridge & District:

    The YWCA Lethbridge and District provides women with programs and services which empower them, support equality and promote wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Their Hestia Homes program (three homes) has a role model and three beds for youth. The role models within the homes help the youth with day-to-day life skills such as chores and cooking. Hestia Support Counsellors work with the youth to determine their goals, aid in seeking community resources, and assist in maintaining market housing in an effort to facilitate independence. For more information, please visit: www.ywcalethbridge.org

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