Chivas USA joins in community effort to build a new playground in Inglewood

Part of The Home Depot’s September ‘Celebration of Service: 30 Days of Green’

Chivas USA players Dan Kennedy and César Zamora, the Chivas USA Street Team and the ChivaGirls and former star Clint Mathis and 2010 Miss LA Galaxy court member Liz and 2011 Miss LA Galaxy Finalists Lara and Monique from the LA Galaxy will join more than 200 volunteers from The Home Depot, the City of Inglewood and organizers from the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! to build a state-of-the-art, 2,800 square foot playground in one day. The playground will provide safe, fun, healthy environments for children in Inglewood
                                       
The playground is primarily funded through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation along with a smaller contribution from the City of Inglewood. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot Foundation provides financial support, materials and thousands of associate volunteers for play space projects across North America as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. 

In 2009, The Home Depot Foundation became the official Sustainability Partner of KaBOOM! Both organizations work together to make sure each playground is as healthy and environmentally friendly as possible by using recycled materials and donating any unused materials to other organizations.  In addition, volunteers educate the children and communities who use each playground about the importance of its ‘green’ aspects. 

WHEN:  Thursday, September 23
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.                         Project Kick-Off
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                         Best viewing of playground construction
12:30 p.m.                                             Chivas USA and LA Galaxy players and entertainment arrive
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                         “Board-Cutting" closing ceremony

WHERE: Ashwood Park
201 South Ash Avenue
Inglewood, CA  90301

September is Celebration of Service month at The Home Depot, and this year’s theme is “30 Days of Green.”  Team Depot volunteers will complete 90 volunteer projects nationwide during the month.  From building playgrounds to planting trees to refurbishing homes and community centers, Home Depot associates will use their DIY talents to make a lasting impact in their communities.

Each project will follow simple green guidelines to reduce waste, use environmentally-friendly materials, use less water and reduce energy use on the day of the project and into the future.  The goal: to ensure that what’s left behind makes a positive contribution to the local community for years to come.

The 90 projects completed during September are part of the 1,500+ volunteer projects that Team Depot will complete in 2010.  See http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/ for a full calendar, map of events and a summary of completed projects. 

About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities.  The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/ and follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn.

About KaBOOM!
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the organization is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,800 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.