Lowe’s announces $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Lowe’s announces $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Lowe’s announced today (Aug. 26, 2017) a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help the Red Cross provide food, emergency shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Harvey and countless other crises. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities.

Lowe’s has also activated its American Red Cross customer donation program at its Texas stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online through the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.

Lowe’s Emergency Command Center continues to expedite truckloads of needed clean-up and recovery supplies including generators, bottled water, gas cans, chainsaws, water removal equipment, insect repellant, shovels, rakes and other tools to our Lowe’s stores impacted by the storm.

“Our thoughts and concerns are with those impacted by this storm, including our own Lowe’s employees,” said James Frison, Lowe’s community relations director. “As families begin the difficult recovery process, we want them to know Lowe’s will work closely with the Red Cross and our other partners to support their rebuilding efforts every step of the way.”

Lowe’s employs more than 23,000 people in Texas and in the coming weeks, Lowe’s Heroes volunteers will help with relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the storm.

“Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread destruction and has impacted thousands of people,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “We are so grateful for the generous support of Lowe’s to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.”

Lowe’s is also supporting employees affected by the storm through its Employee Relief Fund which provides financial assistance in times of crisis. Since it was established in 1999, the fund has helped approximately 26,000 employees by providing more than $29 million in financial aid.

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $28 million for disaster relief.

About Lowe’s
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.

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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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PublicRelations@Lowes.co

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

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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

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Lowe’s supports communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew with $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact millions in the U.S., forcing thousands to seek emergency shelter, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partner to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities in the storm’s path from eastern Florida, the Georgia coast and coastal South Carolina.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane and countless other crises nationwide. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in over 100 of its stores stretching from Florida to North Carolina to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.“Hurricane Matthew is expected to significantly impact communities and disrupt millions of lives, including our Lowe’s employees,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our thoughts are with those in the storm’s path and Lowe’s will continue to work with the Red Cross and our other partners to help families stay safe and get access to the necessary resources during and after the storm passes.”

Lowe’s has shipped more than 100 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will help with relief efforts in communities affected by the storm.

The Red Cross is on the ground in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina offering people a safe place to stay. As of Thursday night, more than 27,000 people took refuge in 200 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters—and this number is expected to grow. The Red Cross also has hundreds of disaster workers on the ground distributing much-needed humanitarian supplies to those impacted by the hurricane.

“The generosity of Lowe’s enables the Red Cross to provide much-needed humanitarian supplies, relief and care to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew.” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These contributions, along with the support of the American public, ensure that the Red Cross is able to respond immediately with food and shelter during disaster relief efforts.”

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.

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 more than $250 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 or the Lowe’s digital newsroom at newsroom.lowes.com.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.