TAMPA, FL (Nov. 13, 2014) – Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) repaired the homes of 11 low-income, local veterans in need of home repair services to ensure they live in safer, healthier and more comfortable living conditions. This took place in partnership with the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County’s Operation:REVEILLE – an initiative to end homelessness for all veterans.
On Thursday, November 6, RTTB kicked off its 2014 Veterans Housing Project with the help of nearly 60 volunteers. The project continued on Saturday, November 8 and culminated on November 11 (Veterans Day). The total project amounted to over $200,000 in critical repairs ranging from new roofs, soffits and fascia, to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, handicap-accessible modifications, exterior paint and new mailboxes with clearly visible addresses. Licensed trade professionals began work on the skilled repairs several weeks in advance and the volunteers came in to put the finishing touches on the homes.
Mr. Robert Belle, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy, said “I am so grateful for RTTB and Fifth Third Bank for helping with the repairs I could never have done myself. If I wasn’t so proud, I would cry.” Another veteran of the U.S. Army named Ronald Lewis said “Thank you to everyone for making my home a better place to live. I am truly thankful and can’t wait to tell everyone about RTTB!”
“I’m here to give back to veterans the best way I know how and that is through my service as a thank you for theirs,” said Joe Wimberley, Field Manager for The Home Depot Foundation, which contributed $50,000 to the effort as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to improving the homes and lives of veterans and their families.
The 2014 Veterans Housing Project was made possible through the generous funding from The Home Depot Foundation, Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, Fifth Third Bank, Bank of America and with the help from volunteers from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporations (DTCC), Bank of America and the University of Florida’s staff and Engineers Without Borders organization.
“How does Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay’s Veteran Housing Project work?”
First, a veteran is matched with a project sponsor. Once RTTB determines the supplies and skills that are needed, donations are procured in order to fulfill the scope of work. By securing donations and/or sponsorships, RTTB is able to leverage the initial contribution in order to maximize the number of improvements to the home. The services of skilled, licensed trade professionals are secured to address the work which requires a certain level of skill. All building permits are obtained and the property must be up to code and pass all standard housing regulations.
About Giving Back at The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $80 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 15,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $126 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,321 full-service Banking Centers, including 102 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,398 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2013, had $318 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender .
About Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is a nonprofit organization, providing home repair services to low-income families, the elderly, wounded veterans, victims of disasters and persons with disabilities. Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay makes homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient by providing an array of home rehabilitation services including emergency services, home repairs, home improvements, weatherproofing and barrier removal.
Through support from foundation, corporate, public and individual sponsors; local businesses; skilled labor; and, the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers each year, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay renovates and repairs homes of Tampa Bay’s economically-disadvantaged homeowners. Since inception, the value of Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay’s work has totaled more than $4 million, repaired over 350 homes and non-profit-owned facilities and involved over 10,000 volunteers in its work. More information is available www.rttb.org.