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The Home Depot Launches Orange Door 2015

The Home Depot Launches Orange Door 2015

Youth Opportunities Unlimited benefits from customer donations raised through The Orange Door Project campaign The Home Depot® Canada Foundation’s fundraising campaign directs 100 per cent of funds raised to local youth-serving organizations TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2015) – As part of its commitment to help end youth homelessness in Canada, The Home Depot® Canada Foundation […]

Youth Opportunities Unlimited benefits from customer donations raised through The Orange Door Project campaign

The Home Depot® Canada Foundation’s fundraising campaign directs 100 per cent of funds raised to local youth-serving organizations

TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2015) – As part of its commitment to help end youth homelessness in Canada, The Home Depot® Canada Foundation launched its annual The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign today, which collects $2 donations from customers and gives 100 per cent of the proceeds to local youth-serving organizations.

Customers shopping in the London North, and London South West Home Depot stores can donate $2 at the checkout in exchange for a (paper) Orange Door. One hundred per cent of proceeds stay in the community and go to support the housing and life-skills development programs at Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU). The campaign runs until July 2, 2015.

YOU provides services to youth ages 16 to 29 in London, Ontario and Middlesex County. They offer a variety of housing and support services to youth including affordable housing, daily meals, employment supports, hands-on training through their social enterprise programs and on-site healthcare, recreation and social supports.

“Every night in Canada, more than 6,000 youth don’t have a safe place to call home,” said Bill Lennie, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada. “We believe this has to change. Our associates are passionate about this cause and together with our customers and local, youth-serving charities; we can give vulnerable youth opportunities for a brighter future.”

Quick Facts

  • Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population in Canada
  • One in five shelter users in Canada are youth, ages 16 to 24
  • The male to female ratio in youth shelters is 2:1
  • 41 to 43 per cent of youth experiencing homelessness were in foster care or group homes
  • Youth who successfully leave the streets within two years or less are more likely to make a healthy transition to adulthood – making an intervention early is key to solving the problem.
  • About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:
    The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to putting 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 made a three-year, $10-million pledge to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide vulnerable youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services. For more information, please visit: www.homedepot.ca/foundation

    To coordinate a media interview or photo opportunity, please contact:
    – Emily DiCarlo, Public Relations Specialist, The Home Depot Canada, 416-412-4142 or Emily_Dicarlo@homedepot.com
    – Candace Beres, Consultant, cberes@environicspr.com, Direct: 416-969-2705, Fax: 416-920-1822
    – Environics Communications, 33 Bloor Street East, Suite 900, Toronto, ON, M4W 3H1 Environics Communications | Your Environics Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook

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