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Original Release 3/1/2012
Media Contact: Karen Peck, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Competing for $250,000 from The Home Depot Foundation in Facebook Contest
Local Organization is One of Eleven Nonprofits Competing for Grand Prize in Aprons in Action Contest; March Program Completes $1 Million Campaign to Support U.S. Nonprofits
(SEATTLE) March 1, 2012 – Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, the August 2011 winner of $25,000 from The Home Depot in The Home Depot Foundation's year-long Facebook voting program called Aprons in Action, will compete against 10 other monthly winners for $250,000 in the final round of the contest. Voting begins March 1 and runs through March 31 at http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization with the most votes at the end of the month will win the $250,000 grand prize. Organizations with the second and third most votes will receive $150,000 and $100,000 from The Home Depot Foundation, respectively.
During the first phase of the Aprons in Action Contest, which began last April, The Home Depot Foundation's Facebook fans helped 11 nonprofit organizations, including Northwest Hospital, win $25,000 each to better their communities. In the Grand Prize round of the competition, Northwest Hospital is competing against these 10 other monthly winners from across the country:
- April 2011: Great Falls Children's Receiving Home (Great Falls, MT)
- May 2011: Ronald McDonald House of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
- June 2011: Jerusalem House (Atlanta, GA)
- July 2011: New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans, LA)
- August 2011: Northwest Hospital Foundation (Seattle, WA)
- September 2011: Taylor VFW Post #4422 (Taylor, MI)
- October 2011: Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (Wheaton, IL)
- November 2011: Utah State Veterans Home (Salt Lake City, UT)
- December 2011: Lifebuilders of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
- January 2012: Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (West Bloomfield, MI)
- February 2012: TBD (TBD)
"Winning $25,000 from The Home Depot Foundation during the first round of Aprons in Action was such an honor, and we are so thankful for the recognition," said Bill Schneider, Northwest Hospital CEO. "If we actually win the $250,000 grand prize from The Home Depot Foundation in this next round of the contest, it will allow us to continue offering critical health education and training programs to our community, staff and patients."
Over the past couple of years, Northwest Hospital and Team Depot volunteers have worked together on several projects across the hospital campus, including a renovation of the model "house" in the hospital's Easy Street medical rehabilitation environment. Winning $25,000 from The Home Depot Foundation in August 2011 helped Northwest Hospital begin making important upgrades and improvements to the hospital's childcare center.
In addition to creating an education center where community members can take free classes, the hospital has worked in close partnership with unions such as SEIU to secure educational funding grants to support and foster the development of future caregivers.
"The funding for these education programs is no longer available, which makes the possibility of the $250,000 grand prize from the Home Depot Foundation so incredibly important," said Schneider. "We encourage everyone to go to Facebook and vote for us!"
Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations, like Northwest Hospital. The Aprons in Action Program recognizes these successful partnerships and gives each of the featured nonprofits the opportunity to do additional work with Team Depot volunteers to better their communities.
"Aprons in Action is our $1 million effort to support the most active and engaged nonprofit organizations across the country," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "Through Aprons in Action, we have already distributed $500,000 to 44 deserving organizations from across the nationwide Team Depot network, allowing them to continue their great work serving our communities."
How to Vote
Voting runs from March 1 at 9 a.m. ET through March 31 at 12 p.m. ET. Aprons in Action is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation's Facebook pages.
For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center:
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located minutes north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: emergency services; critical care; cardiac care; neurosciences; stroke center; cancer care; childbirth services; bariatric surgery; sports medicine; medical rehabilitation; geropsychiatric center; diagnostic imaging; laboratory services; sleep medicine; and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine Health System. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call (206) 364-0500 or visit www.nwhospital.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation:
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.