The Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis is competing this month for $25,000 in an online contest sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.
Through the end of the month, people can vote on a Facebook page as the Vets Home competes against three other veterans-related nonprofits.
Veterans Home officials say that if they win the monthly prize, they’ll:
make several updates to the facility to bring a warm, north woods cabin feel to the entry of the Home’s oldest building, which provides residence to 90 veterans and spouses with dementia or Alzheimer’s. High traffic hallways would be artistically painted with scenes from our surrounding environment to include Minnehaha Falls, Mississippi River, indigenous trees, flowers and wildlife.
The Minnesota Veterans Home is competing against the VFW “Rainbow” Post 2681 in Marietta, Ga., the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston and Utah State Veterans Home in Salt Lake City.
And the winner of the monthly contest is eligible for the next round, where monthly winners will compete for a $250,000 grand prize.
Larry Shellito, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, said:
“This $25,000 would be a tremendous resource for the veterans and families we serve at the Minneapolis Home. Specifically, this money will help make a significant difference for our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s. These are our nation’s heroes, and we owe it to them to provide the best care and resources possible.”