In recognition of Lowe’s legacy of service, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) awarded Lowe’s its 2013 Service to America Corporate Leadership Award. The award honors non-broadcast businesses that exemplify an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.
“Lowe’s disaster relief efforts, community improvement initiatives and education grant and scholarship programs have assisted countless Americans,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The NAB Education Foundation is pleased to award the Corporate Leadership Award to Lowe’s for consistently demonstrating its commitment to community service.”
Through grant programs, national partnerships and the Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $175 million since 2007 to improve communities.
In May, just weeks before the NABEF award presentation, Lowe’s again answered the call for help when tornadoes destroyed Oklahoma suburbs only miles from the Lowe’s store in Moore. Lowe’s Heroes assisted tornado victims across the region, and Lowe’s donated $1 million to support disaster relief and recovery efforts.
“Our hearts are heavy. But in finding the strength to serve others in need, we find the resolve to keep our commitments to move forward and rebuild,” Lowe’s Chief Marketing Officer Tom Lamb said during the award presentation. “We give back because we believe serving others is our mission. We give back because these are our schools, they’re our homes and our neighborhoods as well.”
In recognition of our work to revitalize communities in need, Rebuilding Together awarded Lowe’s its Good Neighbor Award last year at the Building A Healthy Neighborhood event in Philadelphia.
The Good Neighbor Awards honor organizations and individuals who have made an exemplary and inspiring difference in the community during Rebuilding Together’s annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood projects. Since 2010, Lowe’s has partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize neighborhoods across the United States.
The Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity recognized Lowe’s for our contributions during National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2012. To celebrate the annual observance and assist families in need, 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.
The Habitat affiliate in Dallas honored Jim Rivera, store manager at Lowe’s of Southwest Dallas, with its Sponsor Coordinator Award for his efforts overseeing the Dallas build. Rivera supervised nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes from 15 area stores.
The city of Elmira, N.Y., recognized Lowe’s for the tornado-recovery work we completed in partnership with the First Response Team of America last year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for surrounding Chemung County after a tornado tore through the town, downing hundreds of trees and blocking roads. The city wasn’t equipped to quickly move the large amount of debris. With the support of Lowe’s Heroes, the First Response Team coordinated with the county, city and parks department and worked around the clock to clear roads and assist the community.