Big Rapids chosen for Home Depot, Habitat for Humanity initiative

$200,000 donated to 11 communities nationwide for revitalization efforts

BIG RAPIDS — In late March, the Home Depot announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to provide more than $200,000 in Home Depot products to 11 communities across the nation as part of its Bring on Spring initiative.

The communities were virtually selected at random, and Big Rapids was chosen.

Donations have arrived in Big Rapids within the past few days, and various neighborhood revitalization projects are soon to commence around the local area.

Cadillac Home Depot store manager Jordan Woodstock said he is excited to be part of such a unique opportunity and partnership.

“This is a great time and a no-brainer for us to work with Habitat (for Humanity) on these 11 habitat affiliates,” Woodstock said. “I’m super excited about it because northern and mid-Michigan gets included in this, which is huge.”

It will be up to each of the 11 respective communities as to how they will use the donated goods, but that is part of what Home Depot Senior Specialist for Product Innovation Public Relations Jasmine Gurley thinks is so great about Bring on Spring.

Whether it’s landscaping, fencing, or anything in between, the various spring projects will be done with the goal of revitalization in mind.

“They know their neighbors and their communities the best, and they know what the needs are in their communities, so they’re going to partner with the folks in their communities to do the best projects they need,” Gurley said.

Big Rapids has yet to launch its community project but has received its Home Depot donation.

“As a store manager, nothing really trumps when we actually get out into the community and are able to do donations like this instance from the corporate level,” Woodstock said. “Habitat has always been an awesome partner when it comes to giving back to our community.”