FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT (March 29, 2005) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is proud and delighted to announce The Home Depot as the new Youth Garden Grants sponsor. Over the last 22 years, NGA's Youth Garden Grants Program has helped more than 1.2 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons from working in gardens and habitats. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot, NGA can reach many more eager young learners with plant-based education programs.
"I am heartened to know that when consumers make a purchase from The Home Depot they will be making a difference in the lives of children by supporting a socially responsible corporation," says Mike Metallo, President of NGA. "With their support of NGA's Youth Garden Grants Program the management of The Home Depot shows the sincerity behind their customer service motto, 'You can do it. We can help.'"
"NGA is very fortunate that The Home Depot recognizes the value of plant-based education and school gardening," says Dr. Cynthia Klemmer, NGA Education Director. "Working with plants enlivens the learning experience by engaging kids in real-world, hands-on experiences, helping them retain and hone important academic skills. Yet schools often lack funds to purchase resources - tools, seeds, compost - to implement these programs. Thanks to The Home Depot, more schools and youth programs will have access to the materials they need."
For the 2005 grant cycle, NGA will award 100 Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered, outdoor garden programs. Each grant winner will receive a $500 gift card from The Home Depot for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies specific to the needs of their program. In full, each award package includes:
The Home Depot
Founded in 1978, The Home Depot™ is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2004 sales of $73.1 billion. The company employs approximately 325,000 associates and has 1,892 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, nine Canadian provinces, and Mexico. The company recently announced the creation of a business development operation for retail expansion into China. The Home Depot has been recognized by Fortune as the #1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer for 2005. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Their mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection among people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission, they offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community gardening, and home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org.