That’s buzzword for business, but it’s also imperative for charitable works.
On Saturday, November 5, SCV Habitat for Heroes will be conducting their Brush With Kindness Program at the Saugus home of local veteran Joshua Murphy and his wife Windie. A Brush With Kindness is a campaign to rehabilitate and modify existing homes for disabled or financially struggling veterans.
Home Depot is leading the charge on home improvement for the Murphys, working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, the Gas Company, and KHTS AM 1220 co-owners Carl Goldman and his wife Jeri Seratti-Goldman.
“Home Depot is very excited to be a part of this event. It’s part of our ‘Celebration of Service’ campaign, a major effort by Home Depots across the country to enhance the lives of U.S. military veterans,” said Kim Cherney, store manager of the Newhall Ranch Road store.
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Home Depot will be donating 15 thousand dollars worth of supplies for the renovation of the inside of the Murphy home and for outside landscaping. Cherney says this type of enterprise requires planning.
“Right now, we’re getting all the materials together, then we’re going to hold it and before the week’s end we’re going to start delivering it so it’s already there and present,” said Cherney.
Those materials include a refrigerator, washer and dryer, counter tops, faucets, tile and carpet flooring, tub enclosure, sod, drought tolerant plants and everything required for professional installation.
There is also the issue of organizing volunteers.
“In my district we have nine stores so I have about thirty or forty volunteers that are going to be coming out,” said Cherney.
With that many people coming to one neighborhood there could be a big traffic and parking problem. Cherney solved that predicament by arranging a shuttle to bring their volunteers from her Home Depot store to the job site.
“What’s great is all associates are volunteering to give a hand and do what they can to make sure their projects are completed,” Cherney said.
And Cherney says there are lists and lists of projects to be completed to not only beautify the Murphy home, but make it energy efficient.
Although a superintendent from Habitat for Humanity joined her in evaluating the improvements needed and creating the lists, Cherney says the Murphys were active participants.
“Instead of us picking out what they wanted they came into the store. They picked out the tile they wanted, they picked out the color of the paint, they chose the washer and dryer, they chose the refrigerator, and they’re choosing some of the plants. They’re choosing it because it’s their home and they’re living in it and I wanted them to feel a real big part of this,” said Cherney.
Also serving a big role in the SCV Habitat for Heroes program is the Gas Company.
“Our company already plays an active role in the Santa Clarita community, so supporting the Habitat for Heroes program hits our sweet spot,” said Mike Mizrahi, regional public affairs manager of SoCalGas.
In addition, SCV Habitat for Heroes is working with service organizations in the area to better serve veterans in Santa Clarita such as the Rotarians, Elks and the College of the Canyons veterans program.
Home Depot’s participation in the SCV Habitat for Heroes program is part of their pledge to donate over 30 million dollars over the next three years to non-profit organizations serving the housing needs of Veterans.
That kind of charitable work requires something important:
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For more information about SCV Habitat for Heroes, go to www.HabitatSCV.org , or call (818) 884-8808.