PITTSBURG — Home Depot partnered with Hearts and Hammers to give a WWII veteran’s widow a new, safe deck on Saturday.

The deck was rotting in place — a new one was made so it would be safer to go in and out.

The Home Depot Foundation grants millions of dollars to nonprofit programs focusing on ending veteran homelessness, creating housing for wounded veterans, and ensuring aging veterans have a safe place to call home.

Home Depot has helped transform more than 33,000 homes and facilities, and since 2011 more than $198 million given to veteran-related causes.

The Home Depot team partnered with Hearts and Hammers — which provides exterior home improvement — such as fixing decks and porches, painting and other exterior improvements.

The organization raises funds in its own community to help those within it.    

Volunteers are from churches, organizations, businesses, the local university and this weekend specifically — Home Depot.

“This project is a major project for Home Depot,” Associate Executive Director of Hearts and Hammers Steve Robb said. “They want to help veterans.”

Robb said through its foundation, Home Depot provided all of the funds for materials and purchased items from their local depot for the project.

The team was comprised of Hearts and Hammers members and Home Depot employees who volunteered for the cause.

The team pried old panels of rotting wood and threw them into piles and fresh new panels were put in place. The trees gave just enough shade that morning — covering the deck while the volunteers worked.

Hearts and Hammers Director Bob Gilmore said Hearts and Hammers will begin looking for more applications for next year, after October 1.

Applications can be found at the city hud office or Wesley House. Volunteers can also go to these locations to sign up.

Gilmore and Robb said the organization helped fix 10 homes this year — next year they hope to help even more.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.