Lowe’s works hard to be a good neighbor and takes great pride in improving the communities we serve. Since the late 1990s, Lowe’s employees have been teaming up through the Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program to make our communities better places to live. The companywide program encourages employees in a location to work together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K-12 public school, and make a difference.
At a time when many communities are in need, Lowe’s Heroes continued to step forward to assist our neighbors across North America. Lowe’s Heroes participated in more than 1,300 projects in 2012, and Lowe’s contributed more than $1.3 million in materials.
Employees from our stores, distribution centers, regional and corporate offices volunteered their time and skills to support nonprofit partners and deliver a greater impact on a local level. From part-time employees to vice presidents, Lowe’s Heroes rolled up their sleeves to complete community improvement projects that included:
Lowe’s Heroes once again came together across the country to answer the call for help during a disaster-filled year. Beginning with storms that spawned devastating tornadoes before the arrival of spring, teams of Lowe’s Heroes packed buckets full of emergency supplies and distributed them to local residents impacted by disasters in the central, southern and northeast United States. The largest response came in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Lowe’s Heroes distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food and cleaning supplies at relief events, and assisted communities with rebuilding efforts well into 2013.
- Partnering with the First Response Team of America to provide immediate aid to communities in Florida, Louisiana and New York in the aftermath of destructive tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes.
- Revitalizing neighborhoods with Rebuilding Together in Indianapolis, Seattle, Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
- Refurbishing rinks in Ontario and Ottawa in partnership with Hockey Canada to revitalize the infrastructure of youth hockey in Canada.
- Making critical improvements at schools to support Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants awarded in 49 states and the District of Columbia.