Celebration of Service, Stiggy’s Dogs: Part 1 September 24, 2012 Home Depot Celebration Of Service 7 Comments 2346 WOW, I had an amazing trip up to Michigan to take part in The Home Depot Foundation’s Celebration of Service 2012! I still can’t believe that I was asked to be part of this campaign, it’s so surreal. I have to admit I was a little nervous heading up to MI since it was my first official event as a blogger. I’ve told you before how sometimes I struggle to let go of my former engineer self, how I get that deer-in-the-headlights look when people ask me what I do. Yes, I went to college. No, I don’t go to work. No, I don’t have kids either… I’m still inclined to believe that most of the people who read my ramblings are either friends or related to me. Being asked to participate in the Celebration of Service events really changed the way I see my blog. It’s not just a hobby. It gives me a way to reach out to my readers with not only the usual DIY-related content, but also to introduce you to amazing work being done by others. I don’t know that I’ve met anyone more passionate about making a difference than Jennifer Petre, founder of Stiggy’s Dogs– except maybe the members of Team Depot from 9 stores in her area. Team Depot, The Home Depot Foundation, countless veterans, and 12 bloggers descended upon Howell, MI to help Jennifer renovate the Stiggy’s Dogs facility to better serve the mission: Rescuing One To Rescue Another. Jennifer and her team seek out rescue dogs to train as psychiatric service dogs for veterans diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). She has turned this beautiful piece of property into a safe haven for veterans and their families. When we arrived at Stiggy’s Dogs, it was quite obvious that people had been working long before we got there! In the spirit of Home Depot’s commitment to improving the lives of veterans, CEO Frank Blake came ready to work in a Team Depot T-shirt. We were fortunate enough to sit down with him for a little Q&A…covering everything from workplace culture to Pinterest! After breakfast, we took a tour of the property, which includes pretty much anything you’d want to do outdoors: a fishing pond, gardens, fire pit, trails, and picnic tables. I’ll be back later in the week to tell you more about what we did at the facility, specifically some of the energy saving projects (which you can do yourself at home!) and wheelchair accessible modifications. For now, here’s a group shot of us with Stiggy’s Founder Jennifer (yellow hoodie, center) and trainer extraordinaire Donna (front, center). Photo courtesy of Ashley@The Handmade Home Here are the other bloggers who attended the event: Brown Paper Packages Military Avenue The Handmade Home The New Normal Witty Little Secret Not Just a Housewife In My Own Style My Repurposed Life Decor Chick 24/7 Moms Beneath My Heart ******* Disclosure: The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. 7 Responses gail September 24, 2012 It was so nice to meet you under such wonderful circumstances Rachael! The Home Depot is doing a wonderful thing, but that doesn’t surprise me, I’m such a fan! Hope we get to see one another again. gail Reply Rachael Evans September 24, 2012 You too, Gail! I didn’t think it was possible to love HD even more than I already did LOL! Reply Traci September 24, 2012 It was so great to meet you! It was such a wonderful and inspiring event. Can’t wait to do it again. 🙂 Traci Reply Rachael Evans September 25, 2012 You too Tracy!!! Looking forward to hearing more details about the next event. Reply ashley @ the handmade home September 25, 2012 So glad to meet you this last week-hope you had a safe trip back and that we see each other again soon! It was a blast to work beside you! ;} Reply Celebration of Service, Stiggy’s Dogs: Part 2 September 27, 2012 […] I last left off, we had been on a tour of the property at Stiggy’s Dogs in Howell, MI and had breakfast with […] Reply Innovative Marketing – The Home Depot September 28, 2012 […] From Lovely Crafty Home […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.