The Home Depot's In-Store Workshops Go Digital 

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The Home Depot's In-Store Workshops Go Digital 

By RIS - 08/11/2020

From RIS News, Aug. 11:

To inspire young doers without leaving their homes, The Home Depot has partnered with social media influencers to bring its traditional Kids Workshop classes, which have been paused due to COVID-19, to life online.

New kids' virtual projects are being added to the collection monthly to keep kids engaged. Kids Workshop kits are available for free in-store pickup on the first Saturday of each month. Some traditional Kids Workshop project kits, like the "Tool Bench" and the "Soccer Game" are available for purchase on homedepot.com. The new digital content for children is available at homedepot.com/c/kids.

The Home Depot has also donated more than 500,000 Kids Workshop kits over the past four months to more than 100 nonprofit organizations and schools across the country. Various organizations nationwide including Boys & Girls Club of America, ToolBank and YMCA received kits. The company will continue to donate kits until workshops resume in person.

"While our in-store classes are on hold, we're thrilled to continue to support the next generation of doers through our nonprofit partners and online workshop programs," said Ted Decker, executive vice president of merchandising at The Home Depot. "Home Depot Kids Workshops have been a staple of our brand since the program launched in 1997, giving more than 60 million children their first DIY experiences during that time."

To share know-how with adults, The Home Depot has also launched free live-streaming workshops led by expert associates to help "doers get more done" without leaving their homes. The first series of virtual classes, "Homeowner 101" is aimed to equip new homeowners with the tools and knowledge they need to take on the projects and repairs that come with any house. The "Homeowner 101" series includes live-steaming courses in homeowner basics including "Homeowner 101: Systems," "Homeowner 101: Indoor," and "Homeowner 101: Outdoor." Virtual classes on core DIY topics, like drywall repair, painting and tiling will be added this fall.

Additional on demand how-to videos are available for doers, both children and adults, on The Home Depot YouTube channel. Online video guides come in a variety of topics ranging from "How to Plant Flowers" to "How to Unclog a Toilet."