Lowe's Social Responsibility

Our team here at store 2617 in Concord, New Hampshire was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work alongside the kids and staff of the Greater Concord Boys and Girls Club last month. What made this opportunity even more unique was the fact that the Lowe’s Racing Team 48 was there working with the kids and staff, as well. Our store team headed out to the Club early in the afternoon, as there was a lot to be done that day and we needed all the time we could get. Projects such as landscaping and painting were of critical need to the Club, so we got right to work. As we were in the midst of our projects, the kids started to arrive to the club. Many of the kids shouted out to the Lowe’s employees thanking us and saying how nice the work we had done so far looked. I recall spreading mulch in front of one of windows, and as I looked up I saw four or five of the kids were pushed up against the glass smiling and waving as they watched us work. Then the kids were brought out to join the efforts, and it was great to see the pride they took in their club. Just then I heard someone say “Hi Chad!” I turned around and my store manager was talking to Team 48’s crew chief Chad Knaus and other members of Team 48. Chad immediately took his jacket off and said to me “Put us to work, what can we do?” I got Chad and his team set up doing some staining and made sure they had plenty of the kids to help them. It was great to see that the entire Team 48 crew was amazing with all of the kids. Chad quickly had a few of the kids staining the fence as he helped them and coached them along the way, talking and laughing as they worked. 

At the end of the day it was easy to see the positive impact that was made to the Club. Not only did the kids and staff walk away with the pride in a job well done but so did the entire Lowe’s team. I was also a member of the Boys & Girls Club as a kid, and it meant a lot to me to be able to give back! 

– Chris Parry, Assistant Store Manager

Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and Jimmie Johnson visited two of the schools affected by the tornadoes that tore apart the Moore, OK community in late May 2013. Both Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation contributed funding for three new school gyms for the area – Plaza Towers Elementary, Highland East Junior High and Briarwood Elementary.

Plaza Towers Elementary suffered one of the most devastating hits, as the school lost seven children to the storms. One of the few original school walls featured the Panther mascot and went untouched by the storm.

“That wall is still standing, and so are the kids. That says it all, “ said Dr. Robert Romines, Superintendent of Moore Public Schools.  “We’ve come a long way.”

Hayden Young, gym teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary, expressed his thoughts around the past year. “It was a difficult year, yet one of my favorite.  Something about going through trials together and coming out on the other side and getting a brand-new school together has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.”

“These kids have lost so much… to have the gym rebuilt was just amazing,” said Patrick Chase, Principal at Plaza Towers. “The gym represents 15 minutes of normalcy within the day where they can just be active. …They are so excited even about the new scoreboard!”

Over at Highland East Junior High, Lowe’s Heroes, Jimmie Johnson and Moore officials celebrated the official opening of their new gym at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Lowe’s Heroes had been working feverishly to complete their project in time, landscaping the grounds, building planters and placing benches.

Debbie Taran was the gym teacher who heard the warning bells and knew she had to get her students to a safe location, moving them twice before she was satisfied. No students were hurt during the storm; however, the area afterward was riddled for months with loose metal and screws. 

“Lowe’s came by, I don’t know how many times, and went through the fields and picked up glass, nails … they cleaned it up I don’t know how many times,” she said. “People don’t see those things, what they did for my kids. It’s about their safety.”  

“We lost a lot that day, and it’s a miracle that (everyone) walked out that day, said Dr. Romines at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson are not only friends, but family.” 

Two years ago, one of the worst storms in the state’s history slammed onto the coast of New Jersey destroying everything in its path. More than 10 feet of water and sand completely covered the streets. Businesses were washed away, and homes were reduced to rubble. Many families were left without a place to call home in the quaint, coastal town of Sea Bright, N.J.

Leslie Morris and her son were one of the families who lost their home in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Located just two blocks from the ocean, their home of 16 years was devastated by the storm. Leslie and her son had no choice but to crowd into her daughter’s one bedroom apartment for a brief time before moving to a hotel for a few days. At the end of 2012, they moved into housing in nearby Fort Monmouth, a decommissioned Army base rehabbed for Sandy survivors.

The road back home was slow at first. Leslie’s first glimpse of hope came after she completed a Habitat for Humanity application and received a grant from the state to rebuild. In March of this year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s launched a nationwide campaign to recruit volunteers. To raise awareness for this event, Leslie’s home was framed up in the middle of Times Square and featured on Good Morning America.

Following this kickoff, the frame of Leslie’s home was taken down from Times Square and rebuilt in the original location of her home in Sea Bright. Over 700 Lowe’s Heroes and Habitat volunteers helped construct this home for the Morris family. Although many of these volunteers began as strangers, they took care of each other in a time of crisis and uncertainty. The determination and strength of these volunteers is evidence that lasting change happens when people work together.

Today, the Morris family no longer has to call a hotel or Army base their home. At the dedication ceremony, Leslie stood in the heart of her home clutching a framed picture of her kitchen window that once overlooked bustling Times Square. With many volunteers looking on, the room grew silent as Leslie stood in front of that same window that now overlooks her backyard that is once again full of life and hope. She smiled and laughed with her children, recalling the day she first looked out that window in New York City.

Leslie shared that although the journey back home was long and hard, she’s forever grateful to Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s for restoring her family’s hope when there was none. When asked what was she looking forward to most about being back in her home, Leslie smiled and simply said, “going to the beach, having dinner with friends and getting back into a normal routine.”

Emily from the blog Colorado Moms was recently invited to join Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s to learn more about our work in the revitalization of a Denver neighborhood. Keep reading to learn more about Emily’s impactful experience. 

"The day I attended they were working on fixing up an adorable woman’s home who had the most gorgeous rose bushes I’ve seen. You could tell by the care that she took with her garden that she was a very caring person in general and deserved the chance to have her home look as great as those flowers. Throughout the day members of Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from Lowe’s were fixing up her fences, building a shed and fixing the siding. They were all so proud of their work and very humble as people would thank them. It really opened my eyes to make a more conscience effort to give back and help people in need. I was also thrilled that Lowe’s was the brand working with Habitat in Denver as my autistic son loves visiting Lowe’s and will spend hours in the ceiling fan aisle there. We often take him there for a treat after a therapy session or a great day at school."

To read the full story, visit http://bit.ly/1uJsDPo.

At first glance, you may see nothing out of the ordinary in these pictures. Volunteers help Boys & Girls Clubs every day, all over of the country. But what took place at this Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee County extends beyond these volunteers. This was a day for the next generation to learn teamwork. So, for a few hours on a warm Thursday in August, students from the Boys & Girls Club joined Team Lowe’s Racing crew members and the Lowe’s Heroes of Adrian, Michigan to build a new rain garden. While this was a simple update, it has the power to shape the way these students live and work together as a team throughout their entire lives. 

Every day, over 15 million kids have nowhere to go after school. They’re left wandering the streets or they’re alone at home with no one to care for them. We’re proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring awareness to this issue. With your help, Clubs around the country can provide affordable after-school programs and adult mentorship to the students who need it most.

Support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America today: http://sm.lowes.com/zW3g

Recently Lowe’s partnered with Rebuilding Together and Carter’s Kids to help restore communities in Albuquerque, Nashville and Boston. In Boston, over 115 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers restored a Community Center and two family’s homes. The volunteers replaced damaged ceiling tiles, installed new cabinets, painted worn out walls and repaired broken windows.

Lowe’s also made a $2.5 million donation to Rebuilding Together that will go towards our continued efforts of making a difference in the communities our employees call home. 

Every day, teachers are impacting lives and molding the minds of today’s youth. Supporting these teachers within the community is a priority of ours. That’s why we teamed up with Michael Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets and Fox Sports South to celebrate all 9,600 teachers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

Over 200 volunteers worked together during the Hornets Day of Service to give back to Hornets Nest Elementary in Charlotte. The volunteers helped revitalize the school campus through various projects, including painting worn out basketball courts and cleaning up the playground and courtyard areas.

At the end of the day, Lowe’s partnered with the Hornets and Fox Sports South to donate $250,000 to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teacher Innovation Fund. Two Hornets Nest teachers were also presented with $5,000 grants. One recipient, Michelle Fox-Massey shared her gratitude saying, “This is a life-changing experience for the students and teachers to be involved in this event. It’s great to see the community come together to get involved in giving back to our schools.”

Over the last few years, millions of people and their homes have been threatened by hurricanes. As part of National Hurricane Preparedness week, our Lowe’s Heroes delivered buckets of storm supplies to families in the most vulnerable coastal communities. Inside each bucket were flashlights, batteries, tarps, trash bags, and work gloves to help safeguard against severe weather.

We’re working harder than ever to serve and make a positive impact in the communities our employees call home. In 2013, Lowe’s Heroes worked alongside Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family that had endured 18 long years of living in a refugee camp before moving to Charlotte.

Being a good neighbor also means caring for our employees. Last year, a family in Virginia was able to meet an urgent medical need and bring a service dog home for their son thanks to the Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund. This fund helps meet the needs of thousands of families every year.

These are just a few of the stories about lives that have been changed thanks to Lowe’s Heroes and our partners. Check out even more heart-warming stories about our continued efforts in the workplace, community and environment, by visiting http://responsibility.lowes.com.