ASSOCIATES HELPING ASSOCIATES
The Homer Fund is a nonprofit charity created in 1999 in celebration of The Home Depot’s 20th anniversary and the associates who have made our company so successful. From providing shelter after natural disaster strikes, to helping with the cost of burying a loved one, the Fund seeks to truly make a positive impact in the lives of our associates.
The Homer Fund consists of nine full-time associates. These associates' daily task is to take care of the 400,000+ associates that make The Home Depot a success. The Fund also has a Management Committee which governs the guidelines of The Homer Fund.
More than $1 million dollars is awarded to associates in need on a monthly basis. The Homer Fund receives more than 1,000 requests each month from associates who are not able to pay their basic living expenses due to an unexpected occurrence. These requests are processed promptly; generally, within three business days from the receipt of the request.
Since 1999, the Fund has provided more than $190 million to more than 146,000 associates in need of shelter, food, clothing and funeral expenses through its Direct and Matching Grant programs. Since 2006, the Orange Scholars Scholarship Program has awarded more than 13,000 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each to children of our associates.