For Immediate Release | SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
Lowe's and Rebuilding Together Address Critical Needs During Cold-Weather Months for Low-Income Homeowners Nationwide.
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. Start Renovations this fall.
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., FL – Lowes, a President's Circle Sponsor of Rebuilding Together, is kicking-off home rehabilitation projects nationwide this fall to address critical home needs during cold weather months. Since 2007, The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has been an active partner of Rebuilding Together and supports the organization's work across the country.
During the course of the fall, Lowe's will support 65 Rebuilding Together affiliates, including Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., by helping them achieve their mission of giving low-income homeowners a safe and healthy home. Each of the affiliates will receive $8,000 in funding to focus on weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income homeowners. Recipients can expect to see a wide range of modifications such as new window and/or door installation, insulation, caulking, sealing existing windows and doors, installing energy efficient furnaces and heaters, and other ways to increase warmth and help reduce overall utility costs in time for winter.
This $520,000 grant is part of the overall $2 million Lowe's has donated to Rebuilding Together's mission for 2012.
Rebuilding Together Miami will work with 30 volunteers, including Lowe's Heroes employees volunteers, to rehabilitate the home of Ms. Pollock in North Miami. Over the past few weeks Ms. Pollock has received energy efficiency modifications to her home that include repairing broken windows, resealing cracks in the exterior wall, weather stripping exterior doors and replacing appliances. On Saturday September 22, 2012 volunteers will finish the project by painting the exterior of her home. "As fall and winter approaches, now is the time to act for homeowners in need of critical repairs to their home," said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "That's why Rebuilding Together and Lowe's Heroes volunteers are on a mission to make simple, yet impactful updates like adding weather stripping, insulation and caulking to homes this fall so that low-income homeowners across the country can stay warm, reduce energy consumption and also cut back on high heating bills."
Since the beginning of this impactful partnership, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has donated $1 million annually to Rebuilding Together. In 2012, Lowe's doubled their support to $2 million dollars. Over $7 million has been contributed to support 687 Lowe's and Rebuilding Together projects nationwide.
"Lowe's has been an amazing supporter of Rebuilding Together since our partnership began. We are very appreciative that Lowe's is continuing to support our AmeriCorps service members and act as such great advocates for the importance of improving energy efficiency and safety in housing," said Gary A. Officer, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Their funding helps ensure that low-income homeowners can live in a safe and healthy home." The grant also supports Rebuilding Together's AmeriCorps program on a national level. In addition to the energy efficiency upgrades, Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members will help provide safety modifications to those in need, such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars, handrails, and other measures to help prevent falls among homeowners who are elderly and/or disabled. Lowe's has been a sponsor of the Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps program since 2008, giving more than $425,000 in funds to support the members and their affiliates.
About Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.
About Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2008, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community. Follow us on Twitter @Lowes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lowes.
Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
(305) 665-1146 x213
Becky Carter, Rebuilding Together
Sarah-Frances Wallace, Lowe's