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Home Depot team assists Project Adventure

COVINGTON - While many workers spent their Martin Luther King Day relaxing at home, about 30 Home Depot employees spent their day volunteering at Project Adventure in Covington.

As part of a new partnership between Home Depot and Hands on Atlanta, called Team Depot, Home Depot employees from Covington, Stone Mountain, Tucker and Midtown stores spent about eight hours at Project Adventure helping workers paint the inside of the organization's main building.

Dennis Summerlin, Covington's Home Depot Human Resources manager and the Team Depot district captain, said he chose Project Adventure for one of his first projects.

"When I took over as store HR manager in July, the one thing I and the store manager wanted to do is show the community that this new store wanted to represent the Home Depot's core values, and one of those is to give back to the community," Summerlin said.

He said Team Depot usually has a service project every quarter, but some stores have them more often.

The district team chose Project Adventure after researching local nonprofit organizations in the area.

"They were very receptive when we called them," Summerlin said about Project Adventure. "I went out there, and I was very impressed with what they were doing."

Project Adventure is a Covington-based organization that helps troubled and at-risk youth.

Michelle League, accounts receivable manager at Project Adventure, said Summerlin toured the facility and workers told him what they needed.

She said painting the main building of Project Adventure was something that could help them out and be completed in a day with the help of many people.

"We are definitely extremely thankful for them coming out," she said.

Summerlin said Team Depot usually picks the nonprofit organization to assist, but they welcomes any suggestions.

"We will listen to what they want to do and go out to visit them," he said. "This is a part of who I am. It means a lot to me."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.