Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation donated $1 million to Keep America Beautiful to create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste, increase recycling and generate a positive impact on the local economy through community improvement projects such as disaster restorations, community gardens, tree plantings and downtown enhancements. Lowe’s foundation awarded more than 100 grants, from $5,000 to $20,000, to Keep America Beautiful affiliates and participating organizations to complete improvements.
Nearly 500 Lowe’s Heroes were among the volunteers who donated more than 100,000 hours of service to their local communities through Lowe’s-supported projects. Together, Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful completed nearly 900 community improvements projects in 2012.
The impact was seen from coast to coast and included:
- 406,631 pounds of litter collected
- 130,175 acres of parks and public land cleaned
- 375 miles of shoreline and 124 miles of roads cleaned
- 3,299 acres of wetlands cleaned
- 3,500 trees planted
- 17,000 flowers and bulbs planted
- 133 playgrounds restored
“Our strategic partnership with Lowe’s has enabled Keep America Beautiful to drive positive, lasting change in communities across the country,” said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Working with our strong affiliate network and the hard-working local Lowe’s Heroes, we activated essential community improvement projects in more than 30 states.”
The Lowe’s grants and volunteer assistance supported improvement projects in 93 cities, from San Diego, Calif., to Norwalk, Conn. The work ranged from the revitalization of a 15-mile urban business corridor in Detroit to the restoration of Harveyville, Kan., a town with a population of 250 that was torn apart by a tornado. More than 21,000 volunteers joined with Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful to improve communities across the country.