Renovation Home Depot FoundationThe Home Depot Foundation presented a $500,000 grant to the Joplin community recovery fund, bringing to almost $1 million the amount donated to the relief effort for a town where a Home Depot was destroyed along with much of the community by a devastating tornado in May 2011.

The grant, to help support long-term recovery efforts in the Missouri town, was made in conjunction with the grand reopening of The Home Depot’s store there.

“We are delighted to receive this essential funding from The Home Depot Foundation,” said Brian Fogle, President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. “Their commitment to the Joplin community is reflected not only in this generous donation, but also in their disaster relief support of smaller area nonprofits and in the personal dedication of The Home Depot associates who have been volunteering their own time to give back to those who have lost so much.”

Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, has donated countless volunteer hours to help rebuild the community, including rebuilding the home of an elderly family, cleaning up the local little league fields, and constructing new homes for 10 families in just 16 days.

With this donation, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has raised about $4.05 million for the Joplin Recovery Fund and the local non-profit agencies it supports.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities.

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