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.
All across the country, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers are donating their time and talents to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. To continue these efforts, we’re donating $1 million to fund critical repairs at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs from Maine to Southern California.
At Lowe’s, we’re committed to investing in our nation’s youth. We love working with partners like Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide safe and inviting places for kids who need it most. As part of this year’s donation, we’ll be renovating a kitchen in Hawaii, updating security and fire safety in Kansas, creating a new teen center in Tennessee and replacing a club roof in North Carolina.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg! All in all, 20 clubs will receive much-needed upgrades. We’re very proud of this partnership that helps provide secure places for youth to learn and succeed in their communities.
Over 13,000 women all over the country teamed up with Lowe’s Heroes and Habitat for Humanity to participate in National Women Build Week! Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to building safe and affordable homes with low-income families in their local communities. Since the Women Build Week started back in 2008, more than 2,200 Habitat homes have been built by Women Build crews!
Thank you to all of the women who volunteered your time to give back to your community. You ladies rock!
Our hearts go out to the communities across the country recovering from a series of deadly tornadoes. To aid in the relief efforts, we’ve been working alongside the First Response Team to help the community of Tupelo, Miss.
Last weekend, the First Response Team and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers cleared two home sites and helped these families recover their clothing and photos.
One family had just finished remodeling their house when the tornado destroyed it. Homeowner Angela Howard shared, “I’m so grateful that Lowe’s is thoughtful and caring enough to take their own employees off the floor and do disaster cleanup. I do not know what I would do without them.”
Lowe’s volunteers also delivered bins full of gloves, masks, garbage bags, paper towels and water. Homeowner Wesley Webb voiced his appreciation saying, “"I don’t know where we would be if not for folks like Lowe’s volunteers and the First Response Team. Y’all have saved us. Y’all have been lifesavers.”
To aid communities impacted by the recent tornadoes, we’re donating $500,000 to support disaster relief efforts. As part of this pledge, $250,000 will help the American Red Cross meet immediate needs, such as providing food and shelter across the central and southern United States.
Our national disaster relief partner, First Response Team of America, has been on the ground helping homeowners in many of the hardest hit areas. Local Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers throughout Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama are also lending a hand in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.