Home Depot taps Strength for Service as recipient of rebate program

Home DepotNASHVILLE, TN, June 2, 2015 – Beginning June 15, The Home Depot will offer United Methodist churches and affiliate organizations an opportunity to help fund the distribution of free copies of Strength for Service to God and Country, to U. S. military troops and veterans.

The book of daily devotions was first published in 1942 following the attack upon Pearl Harbor. More than 1 million copies were distributed during World War II and the Korean conflict. An additional 480,000 copies of an expanded edition of the book have been distributed since 2001.

L.W. Smith, a United Methodist from South Carolina serves as president of the 20-member board of directors of the Strength for Service Corporation. ”I’m very grateful to Home Depot for providing additional funds for us to expand the distribution of the historic book to veterans and men and women on active duty.”

Focus on veterans

Since 2011, the mission of The Home Depot, through its foundation, is to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. Noting that the Strength for Service Corporation has a close relationship with veterans, Home Depot selected the non-denominational organization to be the recipient of the rebates derived from The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Program.

In an April meeting, Michael Daniel, Pro Account Representative of Home Depot, outlined The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Program with Bobby Smith and Jehan Zarate, staff executives of the United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration, Gil Hanke, top staff executive, and the Rev. J. Richard Peck of the General Commission on United Methodist Men; and Larry Coppock, director of Strength for Service, Inc. The group spent time collaborating on a promotional strategy that will invite United Methodist churches and affiliate organization to sign up for The Home Depot Pro Loyalty Program. The registration process is fast and easy and can be done in two ways:

  1. On the internet go to www.HomeDepot.com/proxtra and enter,

Username/Email: sponsorship@gcfa.org

Password: gcfasponsor1

 

  1. While the program is designed for church organizations, individuals may also receive a twenty percent discount on paint by providing the “Pro Rewards” phone number (615/329-1177) at checkout. This is a onetime process once the card is registered.

For security purposes, there is no need to provide an expiration date or code. The stores only need a card number to ensure future purchases will be credited.

The collaboration among the General Council on Finance and Administration, Home Depot and Strength for Service, Inc. was confirmed at an April 10 meeting at the Nashville office of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Participants included (from left): Larry Coppock, Bobby Smith, Jehan Zarate, Michael Daniel, and Gil Hanke. Photo by Rich Peck.

 

About The Home Depot Foundation:

Since opening doors in 1979, Home Depot has been giving back to the communities in which it operates. In 2002, the company created The Home Depot Foundation to o improve homes and improve lives. Through partnership with local nonprofits, grants and Team Depot, associate volunteers, the foundation repairs and refurbishes homes and facilities that serve disadvantaged families and individuals. Michael Daniel is Pro Account representative.

 

About Strength for Service, Inc.:

The mission of Strength for Service, Inc. is to publish and provide spiritual and inspirational literature for members of the armed services, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics and other community servants. L.W. Smith, a United Methodist from South Carolina, serves as president of the 20-member board of directors for the non-denominational corporation. Larry Coppock is the executive director.

 

About the General Council on Finance and Administration:

The General Council on Finance and Administration manages the finances and operational needs of the United Methodist Church and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination. Bobby Smith and Jehan Zarate, are staff executive of Corporate Sponsorships & Philanthropic Initiatives

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