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Behind the Apron: Dawayne Gates Is Driving the Volunteer Spirit

Behind the Apron: Dawayne Gates Is Driving the Volunteer Spirit

Published 12-22-23

Submitted by The Home Depot

Originally published on Built From Scratch

From painting a local veteran’s house his favorite shade of purple, to supporting a foster care system, Dawayne Gates, store manager in Houma, Louisiana knows how to encourage fellow associates to get in the Team Depot spirit.

Known far and wide as the guy with the 40-foot yellow school bus, Dawayne often drives around and shuttles volunteers to various community projects and activities. He’s led caravans everywhere, including to hurricane relief sites where help was most needed. This comes back to Dawayne’s innate desire to give back, something that has guided his life within and outside of The Home Depot.

Behind the Apron is a video docuseries that focuses on associate stories of perseverance, personal growth, community service, and reinforces The Home Depot’s core values.

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Behind the Apron: Dawayne Gates shown near a Christmas tree.


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