Grant Makes Critical Home Repairs Possible for Low-income Families Nationwide
Washington, D.C.- September 9, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Rebuilding Together today announced a $2 million donation from Lowe’s to support the national safe and healthy housing organization. Rebuilding Together will use the grant to complete critical home repairs for low-income families nationwide.
A national partner since 2007, Lowe’s funds Rebuilding Together’s signature community programs, including Kickoff to Rebuild, an NFL-sanctioned community rebuild event, and other community revitalization projects across the country. This year, Lowe’s has teamed with Rebuilding Together to complete neighborhood projects in Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Gerritsen Beach, N.Y.; Minneapolis-St. Paul; and New Orleans. In addition to funding, Lowe’s supports Rebuilding Together projects with hundreds of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers.
“Lowe’s is truly a committed partner in helping Rebuilding Together fulfill its vision of a safe and healthy home for every person,” said Charley Shimanski, Rebuilding Together’s president and CEO. “From its financial contributions to the physical support of its employee volunteers, we are grateful to Lowe’s for its commitment to making a difference for families in need.”
Since 2007, Lowe’s has contributed more than $9 million to Rebuilding Together to improve local communities. With the help of Lowe’s Heroes, Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together have renovated and rehabilitated nearly 1,000 homes and assisted approximately 11,000 individuals, providing low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility and safety modifications and energy-efficiency updates.
“It’s a pleasure to partner with Rebuilding Together because the work we do impacts entire communities nationwide,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Helping our neighbors make much-needed updates to their homes builds a renewed sense of pride and engagement that’s contagious to others around them.”
Lowe’s funding also supports Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program affiliates in 22 states. For the past six years, Lowe’s funding has helped build the capacity of affiliates, enabling them to assist more homeowners and complete additional rebuilding projects in local communities.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our close to 200 local affiliates complete nearly 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $36 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.