Every year, Lowe’s employees put in thousands of hours building, repairing and renovating homes alongside partner families in local communities. In 2012, Lowe’s contributed more than $4 million in grants and supported Habitat projects spanning from Nankuli, Hawaii to Portland, Maine. Our commitment through 2013 will bring Lowe’s contributions to nearly $40 million since our partnership began.
Together with Habitat, we’ve helped ensure safe and affordable housing in partnership with nearly 3,000 families in all 50 states. We’ve underwritten Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004, and we continue to bring together women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need. The goal in 2012 was to recruit and train the next generation of Habitat builders – “The Build Generation” – young women ages 18-24. Several Habitat affiliates hosted mother-daughter teams, and Lowe’s Heroes helped lead the fight to end poverty housing. More than 12,000 volunteers, including 915 Lowe’s Heroes, raised their hammers for Habitat and built more than 275 homes across the United States.
Lowe’s also was proud to partner with Habitat on several new initiatives and continuing programs in 2012:
- To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Lowe’s donated $200,000 and provided the help of Lowe’s Heroes to build two homes and make critical repairs to three existing homes in Dallas and Houston.
- Lowe’s Heroes helped construct five homes in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and 10 homes in Henryville, Ind., for families displaced by tornadoes. Lowe’s contributed $500,000 to help fund the rebuilding projects.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Lowe’s teamed with Bosch Tools and Chevrolet to help Habitat launch its first-ever fleet of mobile response units. Twenty-four vans were specially outfitted with tools and equipment donated by Lowe’s and Bosch and deployed to New York and New Jersey to support long-term rebuilding efforts.
- At the eighth annual Power Women, Power Tools build hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Lowe’s Heroes were among more than 500 women who volunteered to frame walls for affordable homes scheduled to be part of a 10-home neighborhood in Culver City.