In the coming weeks, crews from The Home Depot will be renovating the more than 60-year-old American Legion Post 1231, 1101 Algonquin Road, thanks to grant funding from the nationwide retailer.
Two years ago, project coordinator John White said he found out that The Home Depot was seeking requests from military organizations for grant funding and applied for the financial assistance.
“Most [Veterans of Foreign Wars posts] and American Legions have been around a while,” White said. “Building [conditions] start to go down, and you can’t keep up without fundraising.”
White said there will be four main projects The Home Depot crews and Legion members aims to accomplish.
The Legion will be getting a new back door, which White said was ordered a couple of days ago.
Crews also will be replacing the floor, cabinets and countertops of the building’s upstairs kitchen. White said the old floor already has been torn out, and he is hoping the new floor can be installed next weekend.
Carpeting on the stairway will be replaced, but White said the biggest project will be replacing the ceiling tiles in the downstairs bar, which could take up to a day and a half.
“I’m in a hurry to get this done,” White said.
White said he does not anticipate business to shut down for a significant amount of time, if at all. Should the downstairs tile replacement take place during business hours, White said, he probably would move things to the post’s upstairs bar for the day.
White said he’s interested in applying for other grants later this year to fund exterior projects and replace the floor tiles in the bar.
“There are so many things to do inside first,” White said.
The Home Depot offers a number of Community Impact grants up to $5,000 each year for agencies and organizations with a focus on serving veterans. The company also awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the new construction or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing and transitional facilities for veterans.