Team Depot, The Home Depot's associate volunteer force, and Volunteers of America assembled and shipped 200 hurricane response kits to the projected area of impact.
The Home Depot said more than 250 associates from the company’s merchandising, operations and supply chain teams were working around the clock to move truckloads of products to stores in Louisiana and Mississippi, including items such as generators, water, tarps, batteries and flashlights. Team Depot, The Home Depot's associate volunteer force, and Volunteers of America assembled and shipped 200 hurricane response kits to the projected area of impact.
Meanwhile, Lowe's said stores in the hardest-hit areas will host bucket brigade events to distribute free, critically needed cleanup supplies to help residents after the storm. In the past two weeks alone, Lowe's stores have distributed nearly 2,000 disaster relief buckets nationwide to help communities recovering from storms. Associates at Lowe's distribution centers in North Carolina and Texas assembled the buckets earlier this summer.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities devastated by Hurricane Ida," said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe's chairman and CEO. "Our stores are continuing to serve their communities when it's needed most, and this $2 million donation to support our nonprofit partners and Pros will help recovery and rebuilding efforts for months to come. In addition, we are assisting our associates in the hurricane's path by helping with evacuation expenses, deploying emergency response teams and doubling our company match through our Employee Relief Fund."
"The Home Depot Foundation is actively working with its national and local nonprofit partners and government agencies to best support communities after this storm,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation.
The Home Depot Foundation is working with national nonprofit partners including Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing, All Hands and Hearts and ToolBank Disaster Service. Ahead of disaster season, the Foundation and its nonprofit partners strategically position emergency supplies in warehouses nationwide for quick deployment to impacted areas. The Home Depot Foundation has committed nearly $5 million to disaster response in 2021.
Lowe’s and Home Depot Ready to Assist Associates
Home Depot’s employee assistance program, The Homer Fund, is ready to process emergency grants for associates affected by the storm, the retailer said.
In 2020, The Homer Fund gave more than $16 million to associates in need, including more than $1 million to assist families affected by natural disasters and more than $2 million to associates impacted by COVID-19.
Lowe's is said it is offering associates with emergency needs up to $500 to help cover evacuation and preparation expenses. The company also is expanding its financial assistance through the Lowe's Employee Relief Fund. Lowe's is doubling the company's match, contributing $2 for every dollar an employee donates. Lowe's will deploy its mobile disaster relief convoy to provide personal relief kits, showers, washers and dryers and meals to associates in the hardest-hit areas.