Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

 

ATLANTA, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of kids spending their afterschool time at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club in Nashville, Tenn., on August 8 were surprised with a performance of hit songs from country music star Hunter Hayes. The surprise concert helped to launch Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new in-store donation program and Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation, an annual $2.5 million initiative where Lowe’s gives a $50,000 grant and hands-on support from employee volunteers to one Boys & Girls Club in each of the 50 states to refurbish the facility. This year, customers can join the cause by donating at any Lowe’s store nationwide, now through Sept. 5.

Hayes took center stage at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club’s music studio newly renovated by Lowe’s and designed for Club members to engage in musical expression and inspire a passion for the arts. Lowe’s is also granting Renovation Across the Nation funds and providing volunteers to help open a newly created music studio this fall at the Cleveland Park Club, also located in Nashville. Both music studios include a stage, recording booths, DJ platform and premium equipment, similar to popular recording studios nearby in Nashville and nationwide.

“I’m thrilled that the kids at Nashville area Boys & Girls Clubs will have access to these state-of-the-art recording studios, as I know firsthand the positive impact music plays on a young mind,” said Hayes. “From childhood to now, music, for me, has always been a platform for self-expression and inspiration to explore creative talents. Being a part of this partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Lowe’s is important to me, because I know creating a safe environment that allows kids and teens to discover their passions and grow will have a significant impact on their future success.”
Now in its second year, Renovation Across the Nation, the largest single initiative ever undertaken by Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will bring renovations to 50 additional Clubs, one in each state. By the end of 2017, the initiative will have reached 100 Clubs with $5 million worth of renovations ranging from critical infrastructure upgrades to newly updated spaces for specific programming such as arts or sports, to lounge areas designed to help Clubs expand their teen membership.

“Lowe’s first teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2009 to improve Clubs across the country, knowing that youth are critical to the long-term health of our communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “With Renovation Across the Nation and our new in-store customer donation program, we’re taking our partnership to a new level by engaging customers who shop our stores and more than 1,000 Lowe’s employee volunteers nationwide to ensure teens and kids have a safe and inspiring place to go after school.”

Nearly four million youth in America, ages 6-18, spend out-of-school time at Boys & Girls Clubs, where they receive support and encouragement to reach their full potential. With the renewal of this $2.5 million grant from Lowe’s, Boys & Girls Clubs of America can continue to further enhance Club offerings and provide additional support for at-risk teens and children nationwide.

“Within the walls of every Boys & Girls Club, our dedicated staff and volunteers drive academic success, build good character, and influence health and wellness for our Club members to stay on the path to a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and chief executive officer of BGCA. “Our partnership with Lowe’s holistically impacts Clubs by addressing areas needing improvements while combining the skills and dedication of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers. Together we’re leaving a lasting mark on America’s youth, our Clubs, and our local communities.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve four million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Media Inquiries:
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Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop kicks off its annual Merry Mission charitable program benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America

ST. LOUIS, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘Tis the season for giving and giving back, and Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive destination where guests can create personalized furry friends, is kicking off its annual Merry Mission charitable program this week through a new partnership supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In the spirit of the brand’s mission to “add a little more heart to life,” Build-A-Bear Workshop is providing guests with a number of opportunities to give back in stores and online throughout the holiday season.

WHAT: Build-A-Bear Workshop invites guests to join the Merry Mission by making furry friends and donating funds to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which helps young people achieve great futures in safe places where they can learn and grow. This is the first year Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Build-A-Bear Foundation have teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a national partnership.   Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Build-A-Bear Foundation have also partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC), as well as Barnardo’s in the United Kingdom, for the 2016 holiday season.

HOW / WHEN: To encourage the spirit of giving all season long, starting this week, guests can participate in the following ways:

  • This weekend, Nov. 11 – 13: Visitors to every U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop location can help make bears at no charge to donate to local Boys & Girls Clubs, up to 70 bears per store.
  • Now – Nov. 23: Help Build-A-Bear Workshop make the merriest “nice list” holiday paper chain for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For each of the first 50,000 paper links created and signed with a guest’s name in Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, the Build-A-Bear Foundation will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, up to $50,000. When finished, the links will be sent to local Boys & Girls Clubs for children to create holiday garlands.
  • Now – Dec. 31: Throughout the holidays, guests can make a donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at checkout.
  • Ongoing: Ten percent (10%) of the net profits from the sale of Life is Good furry friend T-shirts, up to $20,000, will be donated to Life is Good Kids Foundation to support their work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Funds from the U.S. holiday campaign will be split 50/50: 50 percent of funding will go to the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization and 50 percent will go to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

WHERE: Build-A-Bear Workshop stores For store locations, please visit: http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/storefinder/findAStore.jsp

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Nielsen Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebookand Twitter.

Contact:

Maria Lemakis
Build-A-Bear Workshop
(314) 423-8000, ext. 5367
MariaL@buildabear.com

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Lowe’s donates $1 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for improvement and renovation projects at 19 of its Clubs across the country

ATLANTA, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced today Lowe’s donation of $1 million for improvement and renovation projects at 19 of its Clubs across the country. Lowe’s grants vary per Club and will fund needed repairs and upgrades including safety enhancements, new flooring, kitchen expansions and new porches.

Lowe’s support helps local Clubs make critical improvements to ensure they remain safe and inviting places for youth who need them most. At many locations, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers also donate their time and talent to help Clubs complete their projects efficiently and safely.

“Lowe’s continues to be a valued partner that provides essential renovations and improvements for Clubs nationwide,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This $1 million investment helps Clubs to continue to provide welcoming and engaging environments where our members can feel safe and continue to achieve great futures.”

Since 2009, Lowe’s has contributed $6 million in grants and thousands of volunteer hours to fund improvements at more than 120 Clubs. In 2014, Lowe’s support helped update 20 Clubs with improvements that reflected a variety of facility needs, including improving a Club’s energy efficiency, planting a garden and renovating a kitchen.

“Lowe’s is committed to supporting the future leaders of our communities,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs which provide safe places for youth across the country to learn and grow and start on the path to a great future.”

As part of this year’s donation, the following Clubs will receive a grant:

Alabama

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama – Ozark, AL

$14,000 for a kitchen renovation and modification

 

Arkansas

Boys & Girls Club of Saline County – Benton, AR

$37,000 for upgrades to electrical system

 

California

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County – Fresno, CA

$50,000 for new flooring and electrical updates to gym

 

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos – San Marcos, CA

$50,000 for kitchen renovation and appliance upgrades

 

District of Columbia

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington – Washington, DC

$50,000 for safety upgrades including entrance area, games room, lighting, and security system and intrusion detection

 

Georgia

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County – Gainesville, GA

$50,000 for safety upgrades including bathroom facilities, flooring and lighting

 

Illinois

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin – Elgin, IL

$45,000 for kitchen expansion to support more nutritional needs

 

Louisiana

Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana – Lafayette, LA

$50,000 for roof repair, upgrades to gym including re-flooring, removal of bleachers and painting, renovation of music room and teen center

 

Michigan

Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills – Brimley, MI

$50,000 for new heating system for the facility

 

New York

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh, Inc. – Newburgh, NY

$50,000 for renovation of four classrooms, teen center and porch attached to main building

 

North Carolina

Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland County – Shelby, NC

$38,000 for bathroom renovation, update to check-in area

 

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

$50,000 for a gym floor renovation

 

Oregon

Boys & Girls Club of Albany – Albany, OR

$23,000 for classroom renovations that will support youth in educational, arts and technology programs

 

Rhode Island

Boys & Girls Club of East Providence – East Providence, RI

$50,000 for the addition of three more classrooms and bathroom facilities

 

Tennessee

Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area – Madisonville, TN

$25,000 for new carpeting and flooring, replacing air conditioning and painting of facility

 

Texas

Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, Inc. – Marble Falls, TX

$43,000 for fixing floors, windows and walls, upgrade in lighting and security system

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin, Inc. – Odessa, TX

$20,000 for a porch to expand Club programming and prevent water damage

 

Virginia

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck – Kilmarnock, VA

$20,000 for renovation of existing space to add kitchen and bathroom

 

Southside Boys & Girls Club – Norfolk, VA

$33,000 for ceiling tiles and flooring paint 

 

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

ABOUT LOWE’S
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

For customer inquiries:
1-800-445-6937

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