The Home Depot of Cleveland will be hosting an event on Saturday to raise awareness and support of the non-profit organization Impact Cleveland.
The event will be held at the store on Paul Huff Parkway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature a special guest appearance from former Denver Nuggets player Vincent Yarbrough.
“We are thrilled to have this support from The Home Depot, and hope that many in our community will come out to the event to learn more about what Impact Cleveland is doing in our city,” said Impact Cleveland Community Development Director Dustin Tommey.
Impact Cleveland is a new, collaborative, neighborhood revitalization initiative focusing on five priority areas: physical revitalization (including basic home repair), social revitalization/civic engagement, neighborhood safety, workforce development, and community empowerment/leadership.
“Our first target area in Cleveland is the neighborhood surrounding the Blythe Family Support Center, which many still remember as the former Blythe Avenue Elementary School,” Tommey said. “We hope to expand to other areas of Cleveland in the future, but right now, are concentrating our efforts in that neighborhood.”
The Home Depot is especially concerned about those homes in that area that need repairs. Many residents there are unable to make these repairs due to a lack of funds. Impact Cleveland has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other local home repair ministries to complete the projects that Impact Cleveland has referred to them.
Mark Chaffin, the assistant store manager at The Home Depot of Cleveland, said, “We at The Home Depot are excited to be partnering with Impact Cleveland. Giving back to our community is one of the core values of The Home Depot and we look forward to assisting our neighborhoods and communities in the future.”
Impact Cleveland and The Home Depot are both excited that Yarbrough will be attending the event. Though playing in the National Basketball Association, as well as overseas, Yarbrough has continued to be very supportive of Cleveland.
Along with his professional career, he played basketball at the University of Tennessee. He is a former Cleveland High School basketball player, and attended the Boys Club of Cleveland as a youth.
“Bring your memorabilia for an autograph and your camera for a photograph,” said Charles Bowlin of The Home Depot.
Impact Cleveland utilizes many volunteers in projects, including a recent assessment of the needs for that community. Its office is located in the Blythe Family Support Center with several other organizations that serve our area, including The Refuge, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Neighbors in Need, and Head Start.