Each year, as part of its “New Faces for Helpful Places” campaign, Ace Hardware selects ten “Helpful Places” from a pool of nominations to receive a renovation.
These “Helpful Places” must be locations that house a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to serving its community.
Past local “Helpful Places” have included the 2005 renovation of the Helping Hands Food Bank in North Bend, Wash. Other past “Helpful Places” include a Boys and Girls Club in Fullerton, Calif.; an Animal Protective League in Springfield, Ill.; a Helping Hands Food Bank in North Bend, Wash.; and others.
In total, Ace has donated $200,000 to local "helpful places" across the country, according to a media release. Once selected, the “Helpful Places” will receive $10,000 and the know-how to put it to work. Local ACE Hardware stores recruit volunteers who are led by ACE Hardware’s "Helpful Hardware Man" Lou Manfredini. (He is the official home improvement expert for NBC’s Today Show.)
Renovation projects have included new paint, lighting, storage and bathroom and kitchen repairs. This year, all the renovations will have a “green” aspect to them, meaning environmentally friendly.
The application deadline is Aug. 31. Click on this site http://www.acehelpfulplaces.com to make nominations.