Doing Good: Veteran groups and Team Depot beautify Piedmont Park

Getting ready for spring, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, and The Marcus Foundation worked with more than 50 Atlanta-area US military veterans to transform the Active Oval at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Feb. 27.

Veteran service organizations The Mission Continues, Team Red, White and Blue and Team Rubicon gave back to the local community by filing the sand volleyball courts, lining the athletic fields, fixing the infields and mulching the city’s park.

Retired Master Sgt. Sean Walker, platoon member of The Mission Continues, was a part of 15-20 members of the nonprofit that was cleaning up Piedmont Park.

“This is a way to give back to our community and also reconnect with each other after we are back from deployment,” said Walker, who served for 21 years in the US Army. “As service men and women, we already have a passion to give back and this is a great way for us to continue making a difference locally.”

The Mission Continues is a nonprofit that has platoons across the country which focus on local issues. Atlanta’s platoon works on homelessness and poverty with veterans and servicemen and women. Team Rubicon recruits and trains veterans for disaster response, and Team Red, White & Blue deliver local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity.

“The Home Depot has done a lot for veterans through its housing and other initiatives, and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to give back to our community and partner with Team Depot on this event,” said former Marine Jake Wood of Team Rubicon.

Bringing together and serving both veterans and veterans groups is personal to The Home Depot because more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military. Last year, Team Depot engaged more than 26,000 associates to complete more than 1,200 service projects in all 50 states. The foundation’s efforts served over 3,250 veterans.

Jabbar Bean, district manager for The Home Depot, reflected on the day as an, “opportunity for all of us to work together to make our hometown beautiful. It gives us a lot of pride.”

In other news: The Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into the Atlanta Mission providing fresh pizza meals for approximately 375 people in need on Feb. 28. A pizza kitchen on wheels, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors.

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Who’s doing good? Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at doing.goodAJC@gmail.com

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