Volunteers team up to help veteran whose home was flooded in monsoon

Volunteers team up to help veteran whose home was flooded in monsoon

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A veteran whose home was flooded in last year’s monsoon got a helping hand Thursday morning.

Volunteers from HandsOn Greater Phoenix teamed up with the Home Depot Foundation to help out Navy veteran Doug Baccus. His family’s home was flooded with 14 inches of water in the 2014 monsoon.

Now, help has arrived in the form of teams of volunteer workers.

“I just thought it would never happen,” said Baccus, who added that he is very grateful for the efforts of the volunteers.

Work has been ongoing at the house for several weeks. On Thursday morning, crews were finishing up the repairs, including the installation of a 100-foot wall to prevent future flooding.

The family also got new floors and cabinets, and other repairs. The best part? They didn’t have to pay for any of this work.

“We have about 22 volunteers here,” says George Page of Home Depot. “They’re working on the block wall, doing drywall, repair. We’re happy to give back. And we’re really focused on veteran housing.”

About Giving Back at The Home Depot:

Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $85 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot

About HandsOn Greater Phoenix:

HandsOn Greater Phoenix is a nonprofit volunteer management organization. We address critical community needs in the Phoenix metropolitan area by coordinating a variety of volunteer projects and programs. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and include individuals, families, students, retirees, corporations, and others. We partner with a wide range of community service organizations and government agencies to tackle issues like homelessness, hunger, education, animal welfare, environmental challenges, and so much more.


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