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Veterans Build on the Mall

About Veterans Build on the Mall

Lakia Matthews of the U.S. Navy works to help build and rehabilitate homes in Annapolis. Photo by Stefan Hacker/Habitat for Humanity International

Veterans, active military and AmeriCorps members are framing seven houses on the National Mall in Washington D.C., June 2-5, to raise awareness about Habitat’s Veterans Build and Repair Corps programs. 

Veterans Build and Repair Corps Programs

The Veterans Build program supports and honors existing and retired military members and their families by offering:

  • affordable housing options
  • critical repair solutions
  • opportunities for volunteering, leadership and employment. 

Part of the Veterans Build initiative is the Repair Corps program, sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation, which offers critical home repairs such as wheelchair ramps, wider doorways and structural improvements to U.S. military veterans.

 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon site

The Veterans Build on the Mall is one of five AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon sites, an annual event recognizing AmeriCorps and VISTA members’ important contributions to Habitat for Humanity. AmeriCorps members have been vital in the creation and implementation of the Veterans Build program.  

Valuable support from The Home Depot Foundation

In addition to sponsoring the Veterans Build on the Mall, The Home Depot Foundation generously funds the Repair Corps program. With $2.7 million in funding and volunteer assistance from Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, the Repair Corps program provides Habitat affiliates across the country with the resources to repair the homes of more than 180 veterans and their families.

Thank you to our other valuable sponsors

Volunteer stories:

Ashley Judd
Photo by Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

Ashley Judd
Bank of America

A bank teller supervisor getting ready to celebrate three years with Bank of America, Ashley Judd comes from a long line of military service. Her grandfather served in the Navy, her father in the Army National Guard and her uncle and father-in-law are both retired marines.

“My family actually thought I’d serve too,” said Judd. “I didn’t take that route, but being here and building with Habitat on the National Mall has given me a way to honor my family and other veterans.”

A first time volunteer during Habitat’s 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall, Ashley helped build ramps for veterans living in Maryland who are aging in place. “I’m having a great time,” Judd said excitedly, taking in the framed houses and ramps. “I will definitely be volunteering with Habitat again and again and again. It’s really meaningful to me to be able to have a hands-on experience like this.”

As for working for a company that values community service, Judd feels proud to be part of the Bank of America team. “We get emails about different community projects all the time and it makes it so easy to get involved. It feels awesome knowing that my employer is committed to the communities where I live and work.”

Sean Chick
The Home Depot Foundation  

Sean Chick
Photo by Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein

A proud Team Depot volunteer, Sean Chick is the department supervisor for the plumbing department at Home Depot’s Gaithersburg, Md., store. With the company for nearly six years, Sean looks forward to Monday morning Home Depot broadcasts because they include clips of community outreach highlighting how store employees are making a difference. 

“It’s just incredible to work for Home Depot,” said Chick. “They believe in family and make us feel like family. Service is not just a buzz word in our stores and communities. We’re involved and committed to making a real difference – especially where veterans are concerned.” 

Although he’d never volunteered with Habitat before the 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall, Sean jumped right in, amazed at how well skilled and unskilled volunteers worked together. “This whole experience is unbelievable,” said Chick. “Building here on the Mall, honoring the men and women who have served our country – it just doesn’t get better than that.”