In 1957, we formed the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (the foundation) to support efforts dedicated to improving our communities. Since then, the foundation has awarded millions of dollars in charitable contributions to support education and community improvement activities across the United States. Each year, the foundation contributes through a combination of:
- National nonprofit partner donations
- Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants
- Educational scholarships
- Community grants
The foundation is overseen by a board of directors and chaired by Lowe’s corporate administration executive.
In 2015, Lowe’s and the foundation provided more than $30 million in charitable contributions to community programs and partners, bringing our total charitable contributions to more than $250 million since 2007.
Our Employee Volunteers: Lowe’s Heroes
Lowe’s employees selflessly volunteer thousands of hours to improve their communities each year. They help complete critical repairs to K-12 schools and educational centers, contribute valuable construction and repair skills to build and renovate homes, and clean up and rebuild after disasters.
And the momentum continues to build. Last year, for the first time, 100 percent of Lowe’s U.S. stores participated in Lowe’s Heroes volunteer projects.
Your home means a lot to you. I love this house. It gives me enjoyment to know that I can stay in my own home. And I’m so grateful that you all had come into my life.—Helen Hansborough, homeowner, Washington, D.C.
We feel our employees should be acknowledged for their service, and in 2015 we started to formally track total Lowe’s Heroes volunteer hours. We also doubled the budget for each location’s Lowe’s Heroes project. Lowe’s donated more than $4 million to Lowe’s Heroes projects in 2015.
In early 2016, we announced plans to give our employees the opportunity to do even more, providing eligible full-time employees with eight hours of paid volunteer time off to support approved nonprofit organizations in their communities.
Some highlights from 2015 include:
- Washington, D.C.: In April 2015, close to 100 Lowe’s Heroes teamed up with Rebuilding Together and Carter’s Kids to make critical home repairs and build a playground for an underserved community as part of the Rebuild-A-Block program.
- Monroe, Washington: In September 2015, 11 Lowe’s Heroes completed much-needed safety enhancements to the Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission, including replacing an old wheelchair ramp. The mission supports nearly 100 women of all ages annually with temporary housing, food and counseling resources.
- Billings, Montana: In the fall, 30 Lowe’s Heroes helped revitalize the Tumbleweed Runaway Program facility, repairing laundry rooms in addition to other improvements. The Tumbleweed program provides crisis counseling and additional services to runaway, homeless and other at-risk youth and their families.
- Dallas, Texas: The day after Christmas, the Dallas area was hit by 11 tornadoes that left 25,000 residents without power and destroyed or badly damaged more than 1,000 homes. In response, nearly 200 Lowe’s Heroes from approximately 40 area stores worked alongside the First Response Team of America and other community organizations to provide relief assistance, including clearing debris and helping to find personal belongings