Volunteers rehab kitchens, build batting cage at Yountville Veterans Home

Say goodbye to that old, leaky sink and say hello to new appliances, countertops and cabinets!

Thanks to the hard work of more than 200 volunteers from companies like Pandora, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube and many others, residents at the California Veterans Home in Yountville will soon enjoy updated kitchens in 10 domiciliaries across the sprawling campus.


Team Depot volunteers greet a veteran for a photo midway through their kitchen renovation.

Through the Home Depot Foundation, Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, the Tug McGraw Foundation and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, these local construction leaders banded together to update the facilities that over 900 veterans use every day.

“This is a terrific project and it highlights the tremendous commitment the Home Depot Foundation has made to serving  veterans,” CalVet Undersecretary Russell Atterberry said. “Not only are the veterans enjoying new amenities, but the volunteers who helped make this project a success left our campus filled with pride.”

Kitchen in VHC-Yountville prior

Prior to construction on Thursday, residents used outdated appliances and had little room to cook or prep food.

Working tirelessly throughout the morning, teams of volunteers fabricated new cabinets, installed countertops, added stove-top ranges and updated appliances in kitchens used throughout campus.

They added new tables and chairs for each kitchen to make the space more functional for residents.

Other groups constructed a chicken coop inside the Tug McGraw Brain Food Garden on the northwest side of the campus, while a few volunteers weeded and planted new crops.

Chicken Coop

Volunteers lay the groundwork for fencing around the new chicken coop.

An original project from a year ago, the Brain Food garden received two new planter boxes for crops, and a new gate.

“I was invited to the event today with Home Depot by Jennifer Brusstar, the CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation, and it was an honor to be here. For me, it was a fantastic opportunity to watch the public come together with the government, with veterans, and really do something special.” – Mary Winnefeld, veteran advocate and wife of retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Winnefeld – the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lastly, a large group of volunteers created new batting cages at Cleve Borman Field – Home of the Mixed Nutts baseball team – which were a welcome addition for the veterans who wanted a little more practice time at the plate.

Russell Atterberry

CalVet Undersecretary Russell Atterberry attended the event and had the chance to speak with veterans at the Home.

When the work was complete, the leaders of the volunteer groups addressed the crowd in the stands at Cleve Borman Field.

CalVet Undersecretary Russell Atterberry spoke about the impact these projects will have on the Home’s residents before throwing out the first pitch in the afternoon’s baseball game.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $138 million in veteran causes and has committed to increase that amount to a quarter of a billion dollars by 2020.

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