Do-gooder contests: Home Depot, GQ, and Nascar

Want to support an issue you care about or help someone get the recognition they deserve? If you’re the type to ask for a power saw for your birthday or get riled at the racetrack, then the following might interest you:

Home Depot Foundation’s Aprons in Action program
Think this mega home improvement store only exists to help you tile your bathroom? Think again. Company associates don their trademark orange apron well after the workday ends to help economically disadvantaged vets and their families build better houses. Home Depot features four team projects each month, and is asking you to vote on Facebook which one nails it. Winning project receives a $25,000 gift card at, you guessed it, Home Depot. You’ll have the opportunity to vote every month until February next year, but this month’s deadline is June 30.


Hammer this into your brain: apply soon! Photo by David Blaine (Flickr/Creative Commons).

GQ’s Better Men Better World Search
The Gentlemen’s Fund, the men’s magazine’s philanthropic arm, is on the hunt to put the “good” in good looking. The target? Ordinary dudes in the U.S. who are at least 18 years old and are making a difference through charity, volunteerism or community involvement. Winner receives a glossy package: a donation of $10,000 to a charity of his choice, a promotional in GQ, a trip to NYC to be honored, $2,000 pocket cash, and a Movado watch. May the best man win. Deadline to apply is July 6.

NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
These prestigious car racing fans aren’t just about speed and glory; they’re also about driving change in their communities. U.S. NASCAR fans who are 16 and older and champion children’s issues are eligible to receive a $100,000 donation to a youth charity of their choice. The victory is certainly sweet: winner also receives a 2012 Ford Explorer and all-expense paid trips to both NASCAR race weekend and the Spring Cup Series Champion’s Week for their charitable efforts. Three finalists will also get in on the action. Deadline to apply is July 18.

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