Together, we’ve helped renovate and rehabilitate nearly 1,000 homes nationwide, providing low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners with free home repairs, accessibility and safety modifications and energy-efficiency updates. The majority of homeowners served by Rebuilding Together are living at or below the federal poverty line, leaving them less disposable income to make essential home repairs. As low-income families and communities find themselves increasingly vulnerable, Lowe’s is working with Rebuilding Together to provide greater assistance. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s $2 million contribution in 2012 helped provide critical renovations for hundreds of families across the country. Our focus is on strengthening and stabilizing neighborhoods. Lowe’s partners with Rebuilding Together and Carter’s Kids, the nonprofit foundation created by HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse, to restore homes and improve recreational spaces for children in communities in need.
More than 500 Lowe’s Heroes helped revitalize five communities at neighborhood rebuilding events in Indianapolis, Seattle, Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Lowe’s contributed $500,000 and teamed with Rebuilding Together and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to transform the Overbrook neighborhood in west Philadelphia with the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers, including more than 100 Lowe’s Heroes from 15 area stores.
We realize how important it is to partner with organizations to provide the most impactful assistance and broaden the scope of our work, especially during times of disaster. In response to Hurricane Sandy, Lowe’s contributed $250,000 to Rebuilding Together to help local affiliates in the Northeast rebuild the homes and lives of families impacted by the storm.
Lowe’s also helps ensure that Rebuilding Together’s assistance will continue throughout local communities in the coming years. We support Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program, CapacityCorps. The national program of 65 full-time AmeriCorps members serves 33 Rebuilding Together affiliates in 20 states, building the capacity of affiliates to serve additional low-income homeowners through volunteer recruitment, direct repairs, new projects and program expansion. As lead sponsor, Lowe’s is advancing Rebuilding Together’s national outreach.