Lowe’s Canada takes part in Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever

Boucherville, Quebec, 2017-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada will be part of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever. Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will be taking place in every province and territory across Canada with a goal to collectively build 150 homes to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, will be visiting Canada from July 9-14, 2017, focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Volunteers from some 15 Lowe’s and RONA stores as well as from Lowe’s Canada head office will work alongside the Carters and contribute to both the Edmonton and Winnipeg builds.

Habitat Canada has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities in the country. People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development, as well as a decrease in reliance on food banks.

“At Lowe’s Canada, our shared purpose is to ‘help people love where they live.’ We are therefore extremely proud to support Habitat for Humanity Canada’s important work because we believe that everyone in Canada has the right to a safe, affordable and decent place to live in,” said Sylvain Prud’homme, president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. “Being involved in the communities we serve is important to all our employees across our various banners. Through this project and the several others to which we contribute each year, including through our Lowe’s Heroes program, we strive to build stronger, more sustainable communities.”

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

To donate or learn more about the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.ca/cwp.

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operate or service over 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

In Canada, Habitat for Humanity has been working since 1985 toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 local organizations from coast to coast to coast, we believe in bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Worldwide, more than 9.8 million people have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. For more information, visit habitat.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Austin
Habitat for Humanity Canada
800-667-5137 ext. 302
saustin@habitat.ca
habitat.ca/cwp

Valérie Gonzalo
Lowe’s Canada
514-626-6976
media@rona.ca
www.lowes.ca

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Lowe’s And Habitat for Humanity Empower Women With Construction Skills

Lowe’s And Habitat for Humanity Empower Women With Construction Skills

 

ATLANTA, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 17,000 women volunteers will come together starting Saturday in their local communities to help build or improve affordable homes alongside future homeowners as part of Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s 10th annual National Women Build Week. With the help of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, they will build or improve 600 Habitat homes in nearly 50 states in just one week.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 to empower women with construction skills and give them a platform to tackle affordable homeownership in their communities.

“It’s very inspiring to see 17,000 strong, empowered women join together to work with families who are building toward better futures,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. “With Lowe’s support, the event continues to grow, and I’m proud to say that female construction crews have helped build nearly 3,800 Habitat homes in the past nine years. It just goes to show that no task is too big when we tackle it together.”

One of those construction volunteers is future Habitat homeowner Marisol Santos of Randolph, New Jersey. Santos will join her local crew to help build a home alongside a future Habitat homeowner. She is also working toward building her own Habitat home, which will be handicap-accessible to help her son get around in his wheelchair.

“Finally, we will have a wheelchair-accessible home, which will help my son easily move around the house and make him feel more comfortable,” Santos said. “My son is overwhelmed with joy because he knows it will make our lives much easier.”

Each year, Lowe’s provides the support of its Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, who conduct how-to clinics in stores to teach community volunteers home improvement skills. Since first launching the annual event, Lowe’s has committed more than $15 million in support of Habitat’s National Women Build Week and helped more than 3,800 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

Brooke Reed of Stillwater, Oklahoma is one of those homeowners who now reflects back to how instrumental National Women Build Week was to establishing a strong foundation for her family. In 2012, she helped raise the walls on her Habitat home as part of the week. She moved out of a trailer park and into her home later that year. Reed said owning a Habitat home has given her the opportunity to build her credit, save money and create a better life for her and her children.

“As women, it’s important to support and empower each other in all facets of life including home ownership and maintenance,” said Jocelyn Wong, chief marketing officer at Lowe’s and National Women Build Week advocate. “National Women Build Week offers an opportunity for women to come together, learn construction skills, and make a positive impact in the lives of others in their communities. We hope that many more women will join Lowe’s and Habitat as we continue to help families realize their dream of home ownership.”

In celebration of the 10th annual event of National Women Build Week and reaching the milestone of engaging 100,000 volunteers, Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte are hosting a kickoff event on May 5. Women leaders and executives in the Charlotte area will join together, put their building skills to the test and inspire other women to make a meaningful impact in their community.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit www.habitat.org/wb.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org

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:

704-758-2917
mail to: PublicRelations@Lowes.com

Source: Lowes

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Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity worked together to build 1,000 homes for families across the U.S. in 2016

 

FORT WORTH, Texas, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season will be particularly special for more than 1,000 families, many of whom will – for the first time – be able to create memories in their own homes. Throughout 2016, longtime partners Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity have worked toward a yearlong goal to build or repair 1,000 homes alongside families across the U.S. to help them realize their dreams of safe, affordable homeownership.

At a culminating event in Fort Worth, Habitat and Lowe’s will revitalize 58 homes and string holiday lighting with 19 families, while celebrating surpassing that goal and bringing the joy of experiencing holiday traditions in the comfort of their homes to families in more than 300 communities nationwide.

“Homeownership and access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a struggle for many families in communities across the country,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Habitat for Humanity International. “This year Lowe’s made a tremendous commitment to address this issue. Thanks to both a $4.5 million financial commitment, as well as the hands-on support of nearly 4,000 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, many Habitat homeowners’ lives have been positively impacted.”

Stable housing is foundational to building strength, stability, self-reliance and living a quality life, but in communities across the country, having access to a decent and affordable house is a challenge for many families. Nearly one in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing, making it difficult to affording necessities such as food or clothing.1

Lowe’s Heroes volunteers across the country provided their expertise and assistance to touch the lives of incredible families from across the nation including the Rico family from Fort Worth. Shelby Rico, a single mother of three children, thought homeownership was out of her reach until Trinity Habitat for Humanity accepted her application through its homeowner partner program. This year, after putting in more than 200 hours of sweat equity, including time actually framing her house during National Women Build Week, Shelby and her kids will celebrate Christmas morning together in their very first home.

“Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for over a decade because we believe that a safe, stable home is a source of strength, pride and independence for families, and essential for building our communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “The holidays are a particularly meaningful time of year to spend in your home and that’s why we committed to helping make that a reality for more than 1,000 families.”

Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity launched the Home for the Holidays initiative in March at the Kobalt 400 and worked throughout the year to reach their goal through a variety of partnership events such as National Women Build Week, neighborhood revitalizations and Lowe’s volunteer days.

Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 5,500 families improve their living conditions. Lowe’s partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes.

About Lowe’s in the Community
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 $250 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. To learn more, visit the Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom at newsroom.lowes.com.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

1 “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2016” by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s

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Publix Super Markets Charities to donate $4m to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-9-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. The donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates whom the Foundation currently funds.

This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. The average price to sponsor a house is $77,000.

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy. As we honor my father’s memory and celebrate what would have been his 108th birthday today, we are delighted to continue our 26-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity by giving $4 million to Habitat affiliates across Publix’s footprint.”

The Habitat for Humanity affiliates who will be receiving funding for new houses include:

Alabama

  • Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama
  • Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity

Florida

  • Beaches Habitat for Humanity
  • Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Broward
  • Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
  • Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville
  • Habitat for Humanity of Key West and      Lower Florida Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Okaloosa County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity of St Lucie County
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Walton County
  • Lakeland Habitat for Humanity
  • Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
  • Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity

Georgia

  • Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta
  • Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia
  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity

North Carolina

  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte

South Carolina

  • Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
  • Charleston Habitat for Humanity
  • Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Anderson
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg
  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

Tennessee

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville – Dickson Division
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville – Wilson Division
  • Habitat for Humanity – Williamson-Maury
  • Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

“Publix Super Markets Charities and Publix have been strong supporters of our local Habitat and the entire Lakeland community,” said Claire Twomey, CEO Lakeland Habitat for Humanity. “It’s difficult to imagine how differently our community would look without the generosity of Mr. George and the great company he started. This significant donation of $4 million by the Foundation to Habitat affiliates will provide new homes to more than 200 low-income people and provide essential funding for our work across Publix’s operating areas.”

In related efforts, Publix Super Markets associates will invest the sweat equity, where possible, in building the Habitat for Humanity houses in 2016 during its Publix Serves campaign. Publix Serves was established as a way for Publix associates across the company to gather together to make an impactful difference in the communities they serve. Publix will donate groceries to fill the pantries of the new homes being sponsored by PSMC.

“Publix associates are the best in the industry,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Our associates serve our customers with stellar customer service, and serve their communities generously by giving of their time and talents to support many nonprofit organizations. Our associates are always there to give of themselves when our communities are in need. Giving back is what we do. It is our culture of service.”

PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Fla.). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity, donating more than $1.1 million to Habitat affiliates in 2014. This year’s $4 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates is over three times the amount previously given in any year and will support more than 80 Habitat affiliates across the Southeast.

George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known as “Mr. George” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates.

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com