Why We Give to the Red Cross
by The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot is founded on and guided by eight core values, including Giving Back and Doing the Right Thing. Over time, these core values have shaped our Foundation’s commitment to making the communities that we serve stronger and more resilient. The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross helps us bring these values to life, ensuring that all people affected by disasters across the country receive care, shelter and hope, and that communities across the country are ready and prepared for emergencies.
Our history with the Red Cross runs nearly 20 years deep, anchored by a shared desire to support communities impacted by disasters with both immediate aid and critical resources to aid in recovery.
The Red Cross mission hit especially close to home for The Home Depot in the aftermath of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Our Joplin store location was destroyed, and many of our Home Depot associates experienced heartbreaking losses of property, belongings and more. Nearly 200 of our Atlanta headquarters-based associates traveled to Joplin in the weeks following, volunteering alongside the Red Cross to provide disaster survivors safe shelter, hot meals, comfort and recovery support.
Since that time, the Red Cross has become part of the fabric of our company’s philanthropy, and we’ve been a proud Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) partner at the $1 million level since 2014.
With our presence in communities across the country, we recognize how important it is for the Red Cross to have a strong infrastructure and resources in place before disaster strikes to be able to deliver immediate relief when and where it’s needed most. The ADGP program allows us to power this important work to ensure the organization can stand by people as they recover and help communities become better prepared and more resilient ahead of the next disaster.
Responding to disasters is a team effort and we appreciate that the Red Cross convenes and collaborates closely with community partners to meet the diverse needs of those affected and work toward the common goal of helping people recover.
As large disasters continue to increase in scope and frequency, we know these collective efforts and our support are more important than ever before.
Our Red Cross partnership also allows us to quickly scale up and leverage our many resources when disaster-caused needs are especially great. For example, during times of major disaster, our Home Depot associates often want to give back and we’re able to provide them with donation or even volunteer opportunities. We also contribute additional grant funding or donate in-kind products from our stores, many of whom have established close relationships with their local Red Cross offices.
When disasters strike, Home Depot stores often become command centers for first responders and relief agencies. They’re also among the last to close and the first to re-open as soon as it’s safe for our associates to return to work. But what our associates do extends well beyond our business operations. Helping people is part of The Home Depot culture, and Team Depot, our associate volunteer force, are an important part of our philanthropic partnerships.
Over the years, the Red Cross has provided our associates with so many meaningful ways to give back to the community, whether it be through volunteer opportunities, giving blood or taking courses such as first aid or CPR. In an emergency, every second counts — and our associates have also benefited from the lifesaving tools and information provided by the Red Cross about how to stay safe before, during and after everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters like hurricanes, fires and tornadoes.
While our Foundation focuses on philanthropy efforts here in the U.S., we have many associates with families abroad. Through our partnership with the American Red Cross and the work they do to help vulnerable people and communities around the world alongside the global Red Cross network, we’re able to support those associates with global ties.
It’s important for associates to know we give to trusted organizations and when associates ask what we’re doing in the community, we’re pleased and proud to be able to share our ongoing commitment to the Red Cross.
Everything we do as an organization goes back to our values. Our partnership with the Red Cross helps us live out those values every day. Thank you, Red Cross, for the work you do every day. We appreciate you.