Helping young people reach their potential and achieve academic success has been a longstanding focus area for Lowe’s. Through our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we’re able to expand the scope of our impact beyond the classroom and into the community.
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have provided a safe haven for millions of young people to learn and grow outside of school. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helps local clubs make critical improvements to ensure they remain safe and inviting places for the youth who need them most. Since 2009, Lowe’s has donated $5 million in grants to improve facilities and learning opportunities at 90 clubs across the United States.
The partnership we established with the Lowe’s store in Bessemer has been nothing short of phenomenal. The store manager and his team made this effort a wonderful example of true community support.– Frank E Adams, chief professional officer, A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, Birmingham, Ala.
At many locations, Lowe’s Heroes get involved by volunteering their time and talent to help clubs complete their projects efficiently and safely. In 2013, Lowe’s support helped update more than 20 clubs from northern Washington state to South Florida. The improvements reflected a variety of facility needs, ranging from renovating a soccer arena to rebuilding restrooms.
Lowe’s grants totaling $80,000 helped completely revamp the teen rooms at clubs in Sacramento, California, and Fort Pierce, Florida. Since the changes, teen membership has increased and the average attendance has doubled year over year in Fort Pierce. A similar spike has been seen at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. “Financial support from Lowe’s, as well as sweat equity from our local Lowe’s Heroes, has been instrumental in this project,” said Shannon McPhedran, director of operations. “As a result of Lowe’s support, our Raley Teen Center is fast becoming a destination for Sacramento teens, enabling us to provide them with opportunities to create great futures for themselves – all within a safe haven.”
At the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club in Birmingham, Alabama, structural improvements funded by Lowe’s $48,000 grant included new restrooms, kitchen and gym facilities, safety lighting, roof repairs and a new energy-efficient electrical system for the building, which was constructed in 1976. In addition, the club’s South Park Unit dedicated a new playground that was constructed by volunteers from Lowe’s stores in Bessemer, Inverness and Homewood.
“The partnership we established with the Lowe’s store in Bessemer has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Frank E Adams, chief professional officer. “The store manager and his team made this effort a wonderful example of true community support. Everyone gave generously, both of their time and expertise, in bringing our South Park club site up to the standard that kids and families in our community deserve. I will always consider Lowe’s to be one of our movement’s greatest local advocates.”
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Lowe’s Heroes dug in to help teens plant annuals and other plants at the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, N.J. The club received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s to enhance its teen center and repair hurricane damage.
Lowe’s contributed $41,000 and Lowe’s Heroes donated their time to provide a new basketball court and shaded garden area for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie, Fla.
Lowe’s employees donated about a thousand volunteer hours over the course of a week to make over the club in Fernley, Nev.
Along with the volunteer support in Fernley, Lowe’s stores donated materials to make the renovations possible.