CDS Monarch, Inc. One of Four Nonprofits Competing in August for $25,000 in Foundation’s Aprons in Action Program; Winner to Compete for Additional $250,000 in Contest Finale

(Rochester, N.Y.) – Aug. 1, 2012 – CDS Monarch, Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. is enlisting area residents to help the organization win a $25,000 The Home Depot gift card by voting daily throughout August in The Home Depot Foundation’s second annual Aprons in Action Facebook contest. Voting begins Aug. 1, 2012 and runs through Aug. 31, 2012 at If CDS Monarch receives the most votes during the month they will win the $25,000 prize to help fund necessary remodeling projects at The Nucor House, a residence for Veterans in the Warrior Salute™ program, and will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize of $250,000 at the end of the year-long program.

In the August round of the competition, CDS Monarch is competing against three other veterans-focused organizations across the country including Marine Corps League in Pocatello, Idaho, Lone Star Veterans Association in Houston and HandsOn Bay Area in San Francisco. The runner-up organizations will receive $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards.

“If we win the $25,000 from The Home Depot we would be able to make The Nucor House an even better place for our veterans to live. So help us make a difference by voting every day on Facebook, and tell everyone you know to do the same!” said Sankar Sewnauth, president/CEO of CDS Monarch.

Aprons in Action Unites Communities to Support Veterans

Each month during the year-long Aprons in Action competition, The Home Depot Foundation will select four organizations that support U.S. veterans to compete for the monthly prize. In May 2013, Facebook fans will be recruited by all 11 monthly winners to vote in the contest’s final round. The organization that receives the most votes will win the $250,000 grand prize from The Home Depot Foundation and the organizations that earn the second and third most votes will win $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. 


How To Vote

Voting runs from Aug. 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. ET through Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Find Aprons in Action on The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at Voting is available on computers and mobile devices.

The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages on Sept. 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. ET. 

For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to  

Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations that support our nation’s veterans, like CDS Monarch. Volunteers from Team Depot will offer additional hours and supplies to each of the featured nonprofits for extra work in their communities through the Aprons in Action Program. 

“The Aprons in Action program is a fun way for us to support the organizations that help our nation’s heroes,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Throughout the competition, we will provide $1 million to 44 deserving organizations to help them continue their service and generate awareness of their community efforts.” 


About CDS Monarch & Warrior Salute™:

CDS Monarch fulfills transitional and employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through the Life Transitions program, Warrior Salute™ service, a CDS Monarch Senior Living division, and Unistel, a subsidiary of CDS Monarch. The Wolf Foundation, Inc. is a community-sustained endowment established in support of CDS Monarch, Inc. CDS Monarch is guided by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a productive, fulfilling life with quality and choice of services. To learn more about CDS Monarch please visit, like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter @cdsmonarch.

Warrior Salute™ provides clinical therapies and counseling, vocational rehabilitation and real life training, family support, and temporary housing at The Nucor House, to Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Many lives have been transformed for the better in the pilot stages of Warrior Salute™, however there are many more still in need.

To learn more about Warrior Salute™ please visit


About The Home Depot Foundation:

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans.  Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at