Home Depot’s volunteer force, Team Depot, installed tile in two Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) kitchens on Thursday, April 26.
In addition to donating their time, the tile was donated by the Home Depot Orange Door Project grants program. Home Depot associates contribute more than 60,000 volunteer hours annually to community projects across Canada.
Richard Aikema, the director of facilities at ACS, was discussing the constant need to balance lack of resources with the need to get projects done with contractor Kelly Perrin when Perrin suggested partnering with Home Depot.
Perrin contacted Abbotsford store manager Kevin Nutt, who happily volunteered his and his staff’s time.
“We love being a part of the community and contributing in some way to help serve those in need,” Nutt said.
One of the kitchens is part of the children’s activity room, which provides a place for children to play while their parents take courses at ACS.
“It was a great collaboration,” said Perrin, owner of Perrin Interior Renovations. “Even though the store was extremely busy and staffing was tight, several managers were able to squeeze in time to help.”
ACS used the renovation project as an opportunity to create a time capsule project where staff and clients signed the backs of tiles.
“It’s a unique way to be a permanent part of ACS history,” Aikema said.