The Home Depot Foundation and 100 Team Depot Volunteers Give Back to Veterans with Habitat for Humanity across Chicagoland

Veterans deserve a safe home for the holidays…

CHICAGO (December 18, 2022) – Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is proud to recognize that, in honor of Veterans Day, The Home Depot Foundation and nearly 100 Team Depot volunteers, The Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build and repair the homes of former service members across Chicagoland.

In addition, The Home Depot Foundation provided a $60,000 grant to support Habitat for Humanity’s annual Veterans Build in Chicagoland. The grant and volunteers are all part of Operation Surprise, The Home Depot Foundation’s annual campaign which aims to provide life-changing moments of surprise and support for veterans and communities in need.

The Home Depot Foundation also surprised 1,000 U.S. veterans across the country with rental and mortgage payment assistance for the month of December, in honor of Veterans Day. Since 2011, The Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veterans causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities.

Manuel Romero, Home Depot District Manager for the region and a Team Depot volunteer said “I really enjoy working with Habitat and the families they serve. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community and, in turn, provide valuable experience to our associates. I look forward to growing this partnership for years to come. I am proud to work for a company that supports this kind of work.”

The Home Depot Foundation grant and volunteers enabled repairs to the home of Terry, a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, who has experienced mobility issues since his exposure to Agent Orange during his service. Terry needed a smooth path to enter and exit his home with his oxygen tank, a fairly simple repair but one that was out of reach for him as a retired sales manager on a fixed income. So, he turned to Habitat for help, and in November Habitat repaired his deck and fixed the sidewalk leading to his back door.

Terry’s repair was completed through a collaboration of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley and Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. Habitat of Northern Fox Valley received and approved Terry’s application and led the repair efforts. Chicagoland Habitat secured funding through The Home Depot Foundation, and volunteer support through local Home Depot stores. Habitat for Humanity is leading efforts to ensure that all our veterans have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home

Terry said, “It meant the world; they did what my wife and I couldn’t. It feels so wonderful to see that people really do care. My wife and I can’t thank the volunteers enough that gave up their time to help a vet.”

If you are a veteran interested in Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing or home repair, please visit #2022VeteransBuild

About Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity was created as a support organization for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area, with a goal of significantly increasing the number of families served in the Chicagoland region. Habitat is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform generations through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self-sufficiency, collaboration, and hope. To learn more, visit

The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation the nonprofit arm of The Home Depot, works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, support communities impacted by natural disasters and train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025 and $50 million in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople through the Path to Pro program. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit and follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and on Facebook and Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

The Chicago Auto Show is proud to announce its continued partnership with the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place as the official hotel for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show.

Just a 5-minute indoor walk from the McCormick Place show floor, experience modern guestrooms and sweeping views of the Chicago Skyline. Overnight guests of the hotel will receive a 15% discount at our multiple on-site food and beverage outlets.

The negotiated rate for First Look for Charity, scheduled for Friday, February 10 is $143*. Internet and health club/pool access is included with the price of the room.

Vehicle Giveaway

One highlight of the First Look for Charity is the vehicle giveaway. Over the years, lucky winners have driven off with the keys to 50 vehicles, including a Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper. Any attendee who has purchased a ticket is eligible to win. However, the winner must be present at the time of the drawing.

This year, the giveaway vehicles are a 2023 Honda CR-V Touring Hybrid or a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. Winner must be present at the time of the drawing.

[1] A random drawing of ticket stubs for all attendees at the First Look for Charity Event with be made upon open stage during the course of the event. Vehicle(s) will be awarded at that time. If the owner of the winning ticket stub drawn fails to claim prize within a reasonable time, as determined solely by the Chicago Auto Trade Association, his right to the vehicle will be forfeited and an additional ticket stub will be drawn. The odds of winning depend upon the number of ticket stubs collected. Substitutions for the vehicle are not permitted; there are no cash award alternatives. Void where prohibited by law. Winner agrees to permit the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation to use his/her picture for future publicity and promotion without compensation. Winner further agrees to provide name, address and Social Security number to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation, and to be responsible for any and all taxes, including Federal and State income taxes, state and local sales taxes or excise taxes, as applicable. Winner further acknowledges that he/she will be provided a Federal Form 1099 at year end indicating the full value of the prize awarded.