The Home Depot in 1995 was honored
for demonstrating "exemplary volunteer
service benefitting the nation and
in so doing building the spirit of
and ethic of service."
President's National Community Service Award
Presented in the Rose Garden, April 27, 1995
by President Bill Clinton
Kayaker Craig Denton demonstrates the same dedicated
Olympic spirit in the aisles as he does on the river.
T he orange thread that binds our unique culture together permeates everything we do, from buying products, to making store-level decisions, to advising customers, to serving the communities in which we live.
Team Depot, an associate-driven, hands-on community involvement program represents part of the social commitment to our cities and towns, with our primary focus on affordable housing and helping youth at-risk. Whether it's constructing a Habitat for Humanity home, helping teenagers plant trees to enhance their middle school or repairing a wheelchair ramp, our associates are building solid relationships with customers. In the face of adversity, Team Depot is known to rise to the occasion, as was the case in 1995 when associates in Oklahoma City mobilized a supply mission to help rescue workers search for survivors after the bombing of the Federal Building.
In addition to our volunteer hours, in 1995 we provided approximately $7 million to help fund nonprofit programs within our focus areas. Associates also directed a portion of the Company's contribution budget to nonprofit organizations and causes they personally support through our Matching Gift Program.
Environmental initiatives are also a key area of involvement. We are a recognized leader in the industry for promoting healthy building and home improvement practices, in addition to programs in energy conservation, recycling and product labeling. When we broke ground in 1995 on our 1.4 million square-foot import distribution facility in Savannah, Georgia, the Company was applauded for ensuring that no harm came to the wetlands and forests surrounding the development.
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OLYMPIC SPIRIT AWARD
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Our Building Better Health program encourages associates to engage in positive physical and mental health for their own well-being and so that they can better serve customers. Wellness representatives in every store and office help educate associates by organizing on-site screenings and athletic programs.
Associates don't have to look far to find physically fit mentors. As an official sponsor of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and the United States and Canadian Olympic Teams, and to bring the spirit of the Games into the stores, the Company in 1995 employed over 100 Olympic hopeful athletes across the United States and Canada. These athletes, who are a part of the Olympic Job Opportunities Program (OJOP), sponsored by the U.S. and Canadian Olympic Committees, share their unique sense of camaraderie and intense commitment to being the best at what they do. Also, in conjunction with our sponsorship of the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, and in keeping with our policy of hiring and serving people regardless of physical abilities, we employed our first Paralympic OJOP athlete in 1995. While the eyes of the world are on Atlanta this summer, Home Depot associates and customers will be following some of the athletes they have come to know during the three years of our participation in this special program.
The Company's innovative cooperative partnership with 29 vendors in the United States and 26 in Canada continued in 1995, as part of our Home Depot Olympic Family involvement. Many of these vendors took the program one step further by producing exclusive, top-of-the-line merchandise specially packaged with the Medallion Series TM and Medalist Series TM logos.
We continued our nationwide sale of engraved bricks to pave the Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre gathering place for the world. At year-end, hundreds of thousands of bricks had been ordered. In anticipation of the "Games of the Century," we began in 1995 to plan to welcome visitors, associates and members of our Olympic Family to our hometown. Associates spent the year competing, through outstanding service, for Olympic
Mitch Strickland goes above and
beyond in the store and in the gym.
Spirit Awards, redeemable for chances to win three-day packages for two to the Games. By serving as Company hosts during the Games, our invaluable associates will confirm once again that they are our greatest resource, as together we paint the industry orange.
"We believe that your efforts in the areas of disaster relief, funding
for affordable housing and youth at risk, and leadership
in philanthropic giving exemplify an outstanding
level of community service."
Jerome D. Sands, Jr., Chairman of the Board The Robinson-Humphrey
In presenting the Alexander Yearley Award for Corporate Citizenship
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