The Home Depot Foundation Responds to Superstorm Sandy

When disaster strikes, communities look to The Home Depot, our associates and the Foundation for the supplies, resources and support needed to clean up, recover and rebuild their homes and neighborhoods.

Team Depot volunteers are often among the first on the scene to help government officials and nonprofits respond to the immediate needs of people in impacted areas, and we continue to partner with our neighbors when they are ready to rebuild.

In response to the immediate needs after Superstorm Sandy, the Foundation provided the following financial support and donation of supplies. 
  • Team Rubicon - The Foundation continued its partnership with Team Rubicon, the disaster relief organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. The Foundation donated $50,000 in gift cards and cash to Team Rubicon for clean-up and rebuilding efforts in the affected area.
  • American Red Cross - $250,000 for immediate disaster relief supplies and activities.  This donation is in addition to the Foundation’s annual gift of $500,000 to the Red Cross’ disaster giving program, bringing the company’s total 2012 commitment to $750,000. As part of this effort, The Home Depot provided the Red Cross with the following requested items for cleanup activities in New York and New Jersey:
        - 5,000 metal/garden/stone/bow rakes
        - 5,000 flat/transfer shovels
        - 15,000 pairs of leather cowhide work gloves
  • Operation Homefront – $150,000 for Operation Homefront's Emergency Relief Fund that provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to military service members and their dependents in in the affected areas.
  • States of New York and New Jersey - $290,000 in supplies for immediate clean-up and recovery. Five truckloads of supplies were delivered to each state full of supplies, such as homer buckets, shovels, trash bags, flashlights and batteries.
  • Store donations to nonprofit organizations, including the Salvation Army, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Keep Islip Clean, Operation Hope and many other local organizations - Nearly $180,000
In addition, associates from The Home Depot volunteered their time and talents through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, to help with rebuilding initiatives.Team Depot responded in a couple of the hardest hit areas and will continue their volunteer efforts.
  • In Staten Island,  NY, 15 Team Depot volunteers joined residents and local nonprofits to clean up large debris left from the storm.
  • In Brooklyn, NY, Team Depot partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation on a large clean-up effort on Saturday, November 10 in Coney Island and Far Rockaway.
Click here to learn more about our $1 million commitment to the Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery effort.