The 313 Project competes for grant

Group is one of four nonprofits vying for $25,000 in Aprons in Action Program

The 313 Project in Detroit is enlisting area residents to help the organization win a $25,000 The Home Depot gift card by voting daily in January in The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual Aprons in Action Facebook contest.

Voting runs through Jan. 31 at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. The organization that receives the most votes during the month will win the $25,000 prize to help fund an organizational or community improvement project, and will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize of $250,000 at the end of the year-long program.

The 313 Project is a Detroit-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began in 2009 as a student coalition at Wayne State University Law School. The organization's mission is to connect the legal community to Detroit's underserved areas through pro-bono, educational and charitable efforts.

Since its inception, The 313 Project has conducted numerous legal clinics including two veteran's law comprehensive legal clinics at Piquette Square, a long-term housing facility for previously homeless veterans in Southwest Detroit.  The 313 Project has also provided college scholarships for Detroit youth and collaborated on monthly community service events.

In the January round of the competition, The 313 Project is competing against three other veterans-focused organizations across the country including Another Chance Outreach Center in Gary, Ind., Sons of the American Legion in East Point, Ga., and Vetshouse Inc., in Virginia Beach, Va. The runner-up organizations will receive $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards.

“If we win the $25,000 from The Home Depot, we would be able to establish a Detroit-based career training and resource center for underserved groups, including veterans and their families. So help us make a difference and create a career academy by voting everyday on Facebook, and tell everyone you know to do the same,” said Aisa Villarosa Berg, president of The 313 Project.
Each month during the year-long Aprons in Action competition, The Home Depot Foundation will select four organizations that support U.S. veterans to compete for the monthly prize. In May 2013, Facebook fans will be recruited by all 11 monthly winners to vote in the contest’s final round. The organization that receives the most votes will win the $250,000 grand prize from The Home Depot Foundation, and the organizations that earn the second and third most votes will win $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.

Voting runs from January 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET through January 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Find Aprons in Action on The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation. Voting is available on computers and mobile devices.

The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on February 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. ET.

For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to www.homedepotfoundation.org.

Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations that support the nation’s veterans, like The 313 Project. Volunteers from Team Depot will offer additional hours and supplies to each of the featured nonprofits for extra work in their communities through the Aprons in Action Program.
“The Aprons in Action program is a fun way for us to support the organizations that help our nation’s heroes,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Throughout the competition, we will provide $1 million to 44 deserving organizations to help them continue their service and generate awareness of their community efforts.”

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