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Improving Our Communities

As a purpose-driven home improvement company, we help people love where they live by improving our communities and neighborhoods.

We partner with leading organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, to provide essential housing and building repair services to those in need. We offer training and how-to clinics to teach community members valuable construction and maintenance skills. And we work hard to make our communities places to be proud of.

In 2015, we contributed $18.6 million in support of community improvement initiatives across the country. Lowe’s Heroes, working with our partners and community members, volunteered thousands of hours of their time and technical expertise to assist the efforts.

Habitat for Humanity International

Since 2003, we’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity International in affordable housing and community revitalization efforts to help families build strength, stability and independence in the United States. Since our relationship began, we’ve contributed more than $63 million, helping more than 5,500 Habitat families build a better future for themselves and their families.

Every year, Lowe’s volunteers roll up their sleeves to support Habitat programs. In 2015, more than 2,500 Lowe’s Heroes participated, contributing thousands of hours of their time and expertise to support Habitat’s community revitalization programs. In addition to providing construction support, employee volunteers also provided technical training and skills workshops in communities and at stores throughout the United States.

Highlights from 2015 include:

  • Holiday Refresh Blitz (nationwide): In November, nearly 700 Lowe’s Heroes, Valspar employees and community volunteers helped with maintenance and repair projects in 10 markets across the United States. Alongside Habitat homeowner families, the volunteers prepared homesites for the upcoming holidays through landscaping, painting, and safety and security projects, in addition to neighborhood cleanup.
  • Las Vegas: In March 2015, nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes joined six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his crew to help frame a four-bedroom home in partnership with a local family before the Kobalt 400 race. Prior to stepping in his car, Johnson handed over keys to the new home to the family.
  • Houston: In July 2015, 105 Lowe’s employees from 26 stores came together with Habitat construction experts to build a Habitat home as part of a skills-training event. The “Lowe’s Training House” provided Lowe’s employees the opportunity to strengthen their construction skills to better serve communities in support of Habitat’s mission.

Rebuilding Together

For almost a decade, Lowe’s has supported Rebuilding Together in its efforts to rehabilitate homes in vulnerable communities. Each year, Rebuilding Together mobilizes nearly 100,000 volunteers to support thousands of community revitalization projects across the United States.

Through charitable grants and volunteer activities, we provide critical renovations and revitalization services to assist low-income community members across the country. In 2015, we contributed $2.5 million to support projects in more than 100 communities across the United States, with more than 750 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers lending a hand. Since the start of our partnership in 2007, Lowe’s has committed $15 million in charitable contributions and nearly 31,000 volunteer hours, benefiting more than 15,000 people with essential renovations, including safety and accessibility enhancements and energy-efficiency upgrades.