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Chamber, Home Depot 'Framing Hope' for local non-profits

POSTED October 25, 2012 12:42 p.m.

Sometimes the only thing stopping a non-profit agency from opening its doors and providing much-needed services to those in need is a lack of carpet, or maybe the absence of light fixtures. Now, local non-profits and other organizations have a new place to turn for building supplies — the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Chamber Foundation is partnering with Home Depot through the Framing Hope product donation program. The program puts donated merchandise from Home Depot into the hands of the Chamber Foundation. The Foundation then looks for non-profits, schools, churches and businesses that may need assistance.

"It's an opportunity for us to work with one of our members (Home Depot); but more than that it's an opportunity for our foundation to reach out to the community," said Turlock Chamber President and CEO Sharon Silva.

Framing Hope is the first charitable program the Chamber Foundation has taken on by itself. In the past, the foundation was a sponsor of other non-profit causes, but Framing Hope gives the Chamber Foundation a new avenue for community involvement.

"It's a way for us to give back," Silva said.

The Chamber Foundation has received the first load of product and qualifying organizations or individual business that may need lighting, flooring or any product available (pipe or electrical wiring will not be part of the product list) can contact the chamber office at 632-2221. If the product is in the stock organizations will be able to pick the items up at no cost.

"If a non-profit has a need — or a family has a need — we'll look in our warehouse and if there's product they can have it," Silva said. "Our goal is to get rid of it every month."

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