AUGUSTA – When it comes to helping veterans, people are always willing to chip in any way they can.
Thanks to a generous grant, Cabin in the Woods is getting new landscaping.
In 2011, the Home Depot Foundation pledged to give back $250 million to veterans causes over 10 years.
Recently it gave a $24,000 grant to Volunteers of America Northern New England to provide landscaping at Cabin in the Woods veterans housing in Augusta.
“The men and women that fight for our country give us the freedom that we enjoy here, place to do business, and certainly we love to give back to that group of people,” store manager Bruce Calmes said.
Cabin in the Woods provides homeless veterans with permanent residences. One veteran said he had no idea new landscaping was underway.
“I woke up and there were just a bunch of people here. It was like when they had the opening and it’s nice to have people come in and help,” said veteran Edward Blush.
Volunteers from all over Maine came out to plant trees and garden around the cabins.
“I think this is the largest volunteered we’ve had before,” said Travis Drake, director of housing for Volunteers of America.
Many local nurseries donated soil and mulch to make the project day possible.
“It’s just been a great collaborative effort and it’s fantastic to see these things come to fruition,” Calmes said.
“I mean this is something that we do pretty regularly and we’re in the middle of our celebration of service, which goes through Veterans Day, so we try and get out in the community as much as we can,” said volunteer Levi Jackson.
He said there are lots of new faces volunteering and that is what they like to see.
“So we try and encourage as many people as possible to just give a little bit of time and we intend to grow our numbers every time we have an event like this,” Jackson said.