Original article from The Tampa Bay Times
Army vet gets needed home improvement from volunteers
Early Tuesday morning, a team of volunteers and Volunteers of America of Florida’s Mobile Veteran Home Repair Vehicle began an exterior beautification project at the home of Ernie and Nicole Davis at 2311 Green Lawn Street in Brandon.
The project began in earnest with some 20 to 25 enthusiastic and energetic volunteers from Team Depot, MacDill Air Force Base, Volunteers of America of Florida and Team Disney.
Davis, a veteran who served his country for almost half of his life – in the Army for eight years and in the Army Reserves another eight years.
The project was made possible through a collaborative program with Volunteers of America of Florida and the Home Depot Foundation which was created in 2010. It includes a mobile services van stocked with tools and materials for home repair and beautification for disabled and elderly veterans.
The program involves training and on-the-job experience for veterans as they make the home repairs for the veteran homeowners.
Since beginning its partnership with Volunteers of America in April 2011, the Home Depot Foundation has pledged more than $4 million to benefit homeless veterans by repairing and renovating properties where veterans and their families live.