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May 1, 2013 12:20 PM by Faye DeHoff

425 volunteers to help build Habitat homes today in Tucson

TUCSON - More than 425 volunteers from different organizations and businesses around Tucson will be building homes today for Habitat for Humanity Tucson.

Volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation, the Home Depot decor departments and their vendor partners, and organizers from Habitat for Humanity Tucson will work on 14
houses and 19 projects doing wallraisings, home improvements, landscaping and installing a playground in Habitat Tucson's Copper Vista development today.

Construction of the homes is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., then dedication of the completed homes will be held at 2:30.

The Copper Vista development is two blocks south of Drexel between Campbell and Park at 1346 E. Copper Vista Drive.

Each year, The Home Depot Foundation hosts 12 Community Building Invitationals that serve as the largest single source of funding for the foundation's annual programs and operations. As part of these programs, The Home Depot Foundation hosts an all-day service project. The Invitational gives participants an opportunity to volunteer and make a difference for a local nonprofit organization.

The Home Depot Foundation volunteers will be working at Habitat Tucson's Copper Vista neighborhood to contribute to the building of an eventual 58 Habitat homes. Habitat Tucson is also the first homebuilder (nonprofit or for-profit) in Southern Arizona to obtain the region's Gold standard for Regional Sustainability and is a recipient of The Home Depot Foundations Partners in Sustainability grant program.

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International launched a joint program, Repair Corps, to remodel and renovate the homes of U.S. military veterans. To date, nearly 200 homes have been renovated.

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