East Rockaway, N.Y.Lowe’s Heroes from two stores in Brooklyn joined Rebuilding Together and cast members from the NBC musical drama “Smash” to rebuild and restore East Rockaway High School’s theater, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The event kicked off a nationwide initiative created by the NBC show and Lowe’s to improve school theater facilities. Five schools each received a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card to renovate their theaters. Learn more about Lowe’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Cedartown, Ga.Cedartown High School received a $23,000 grant to replace outdated welding equipment for the school’s technical classroom. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from Rome, Georgia, worked alongside students to install the new equipment. The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has committed more than $10 million to SkillsUSA through 2014. Learn more about Lowe’s work with SkillsUSA.
Vacaville, Calif.Since 2001, the Vacaville Boys & Girls Club has been delivering high-impact development programs to local youth. Lowe’s Heroes volunteered to help make critical repairs to the club’s outdoor areas. Volunteers cleared the garden for planting, constructed a storage building and painted the blacktop, benches and fence. In 2013, Lowe’s support helped update more than 20 clubs from northern Washington state to South Florida. Learn more about Lowe’s work with the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Tucson, Ariz.More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes adopted Anza Trail Elementary for their annual volunteer project. The Lowe’s team renovated the school’s courtyard by painting a mural and erecting a pergola to enhance the space for events throughout the school year. 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. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
DallasUplift Peak Preparatory remodeled its library and updated its landscaping with its $45,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. The funding helped the school replace carpeting, paint the walls, install light fixtures and add furniture in the library to make it a more inviting space for students. Lowe’s Heroes also built an outdoor classroom area that includes picnic tables and an enclosed white board. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
Davidson, N.C.Lowe’s awarded 500 computers to Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D), a nonprofit founded by 13-year-old Franny Millen. The donation enabled E2D to provide laptops for 50 families at Davidson Elementary School and more than 150 other students at area elementary schools, a middle school and high school. The organization plans to provide the remaining laptops to students and families in need at schools in nearby Huntersville. Learn more about Lowe’s commitment to K-12 public education.
Campton, Ky.A tornado destroyed the library at Wolfe County High School in 2012. With the help of a $93,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, the school created the WCHS Grad Lab, a new space that looks and feels like a college library. The updates provide a dedicated place for tutoring, student study groups and independent study. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
St. Lucie, Fla.Lowe’s provided a $41,000 grant to improve the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie, and Lowe’s Heroes donated their time to help. Volunteers planted a new garden area and built a structure to shade it from the Florida sun. Lowe’s grant also funded an outdoor basketball court. Since 2009, Lowe’s has donated $5 million in grants to improve 90 clubs across the United States. Learn more about Lowe’s work with the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Los AngelesA $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant enabled Dahlia Heights Elementary School to build a new garden. With a new pergola, landscaping and benches, the school completely transformed its learning environment. The project also inspired the school to update its landscaping beyond the garden. Since 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has donated $38 million to improve more than 8,000 schools. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
MiamiThe Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to John G. DuPuis Elementary School to replace the ceiling and lights in five classrooms. The grant also funded interactive smart boards and computers for additional classrooms. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from local stores helped prepare the rooms for the renovations. Learn more about the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
PhiladelphiaA $3,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant helped improve the school environment and student morale at General Philip Kearny School. As part of its Hallway to Motivation project, the school purchased new entrance signs, painted its hallways in colors voted on by students and added achievement boards to celebrate successful students. The updates have had a positive impact on student spirit. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
Presque Isle, MaineAs part of Lowe’s continued support of trades education, 27 SkillsUSA chapters across the country received grants totaling more than $350,000 for community improvement projects. Students from Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center successfully renovated their prop room with Lowe’s help, creating a better learning environment for the theater students. Learn more about Lowe’s work with SkillsUSA.
El Centro, Calif.Central Union High School received an $18,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to purchase equipment for its FIRST Robotics Team. FIRST teaches participating students about science, mathematics and technology through mentor-based programs. The grant also will be used to support engineering projects. Since its launch in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has benefited more than five million schoolchildren. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
Ontario, CanadaAs part of Lowe’s continued support of trades education, Lowe’s Canada employees took part in provincial and national skills competitions in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. In Ontario, Lowe’s Heroes hosted a series of painting and drywall workshops for seventh- and eighth-grade students attending weeklong Skills Work! camps. Lowe’s contributed $250,000 to support school grants and additional Skills Canada projects in 2013. Learn about Lowe’s work with SkillsUSA.
Brunswick, Ga.Sterling Elementary School received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to construct a new pavilion next to the school’s playground. Students and teachers will be able to use the pavilion for outdoor lessons and as shelter during recess. Sterling was one of 940 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for school improvements. Learn more about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
Pittston, Pa.More than 30 Lowe’s Heroes from the Pittston Regional Distribution Center worked alongside gardeners at the Abington Community Garden to perk up the garden’s roughly 100 rented plots and install landscape timbers to help control soil erosion. The help from Lowe’s Heroes will allow gardeners to continue growing local produce for their families and community members. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Riverside, Calif.Lowe’s contributed a $5,000 grant and Lowe’s Heroes partnered with Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful to clean up the Santa Ana River. Volunteers removed graffiti, litter, debris and other waste at 17 project sites along the river. More than 500 volunteers removed 34,000 pounds of waste from the river. In 2013, more than 12,000 volunteers joined with Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful to improve communities nationwide. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Keep America Beautiful.
HoustonMore than 175 Lowe’s Heroes from Houston-area stores partnered with Rebuilding Together to make improvements in the city’s Magnolia Park neighborhood. As part of a $60,000 Lowe’s grant, the homes of four local residents received accessibility modifications and safety upgrades. Carter’s Kids joined the effort to build a new playground at De Zavala Park for the local community to enjoy. Since 2007, Lowe’s has contributed more than $9 million to Rebuilding Together. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Rebuilding Together.
San FranciscoEvery year, more than one million people visit Alcatraz Island. Last fall, those visitors included a group of Lowe’s Heroes from nine San Francisco-area stores who didn’t come to sightsee. Nearly 30 Lowe’s volunteers improved the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by repairing fence lines on the Agave Trail, a half-mile hiking trail that wraps around Alcatraz Island. Lowe’s Heroes chipped, scraped and wire-brushed old paint and rust off the fence and then painted the improved surface black. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Washington, Ill.Lowe’s Heroes joined the First Response Team of America to clear homesites, comfort homeowners and deliver thousands of relief supplies after a deadly late-season tornado destroyed hundreds of properties. Lowe’s national partner since 2012, the First Response Team completed search and rescue operations and helped homeowners find belongings buried in the rubble. The team remained in Washington for more than a month. In 2013, the First Response Team assisted 16 communities impacted by major disasters. Learn more about Lowe’s tornado relief efforts.
Winter Park, Fla.Fourteen stores in the Orlando market teamed up to renovate two transitional homes for Matthews Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to outreach and assistance for the homeless. More than 130 volunteers worked for two months to paint the exteriors of the homes and install new windows, cabinets, lighting and floors. Lowe’s Heroes participated in more than 1,200 community improvement projects in 2013. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Albuquerque, N.M.Lowe’s contributed $100,000 to the Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in October. The funds will be used to help build seven homes. The community celebrated the contribution with a groundbreaking that included dance performances, music, Lowe’s Build and Grow kids clinics and prizes. The project celebrates Hispanic heritage while building new homes in partnership with low-income families. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Habitat for Humanity.
PittsburghMore than 80 Lowe’s Heroes from five stores helped transform a three-bedroom house into a safe place for homeless female veterans and their children to live. Lowe’s employees volunteered 1,000 hours to clean and remodel the home. The updates were completed in partnership with Project Journey, a nonprofit program that offers housing, employment and support services to veterans in the Pittsburgh region. Lowe’s Heroes completed more than 1,200 community improvement projects in 2013. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
CincinnatiMore than 20 Lowe’s Heroes and 50 high school students braved the cold to transform the Mill Creek Greenway as part of a $20,000 Lowe’s grant to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. The volunteers worked together to landscape a quarter-mile of the trail with new trees, grass and benches. Lowe’s collaborated with Groundwork Cincinnati to make the updates. Together, Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful completed nearly 600 community improvements projects in 2013. Learn more about the project in Cincinnati.
Alberta, CanadaIn the aftermath of severe flooding in southern Alberta, Lowe’s donated $25,000 to the Red Cross Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to assist those impacted by disasters. In the days after the flooding, Lowe’s Heroes fanned out into local communities to distribute cleaning products, water and other critically needed supplies to residents. Learn about Lowe’s work with the American Red Cross.
Stockton, Calif.The Mary Graham Children’s Shelter receives donated bikes for children to enjoy during their stay, but doesn’t have adequate space to store the equipment. Lowe’s Heroes from the Flatbed Distribution Center in Stockton, Calif., installed a storage shed so the bicycles and other equipment can be used by the 1,100 youth served by the organization each year. This was one of more than 1,200 Lowe’s Heroes community improvement projects in 2013. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
ChicagoLowe’s joined with Rebuilding Together to complete energy-efficiency improvements for an elderly Chicago resident. The homeowner had suffered through harsh winters and had been cold in her own home, but can now live in comfort. Together, Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together have rehabilitated more than 1,200 homes nationwide. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Rebuilding Together.
Ontario, CanadaThe Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation donated $100,000 to fund the renovation of hockey rinks at Oakridge Arena in London, Ontario and Forest Glade Arena in Windsor, Ontario. Lowe’s Canada employees and community volunteers updated the rinks to ensure local residents continue to have access to safe arenas. The project is part of Lowe’s Canada’s five-year rink renovation program benefiting youth hockey teams and Lowe’s store communities. Learn more about the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
Farmington Hills, Mich.Lowe’s Heroes from the Commerce Township store repaired the drainage system at the Farmington Hills YMCA to prevent flooding, allowing children to be picked up in the carpool area rain or shine. They also added new plants, mulch and pavers to make the area more inviting for YMCA members. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million in materials for Lowe’s Heroes projects in 2013. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Beaufort, S.C.The owner of a historic Beaufort home had been living for months with a damaged porch roof because of a fallen tree. With the help of a Lowe’s grant, Keep Beaufort County Beautiful and 30 Lowe’s Heroes teamed up to rehabilitate the property. Volunteers removed the non-historic porch and dead tree, stabilized the home’s facade, cleaned up the yard and built a living fence planted with Carolina Jasmine to help the legally-blind owner find his way. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Keep America Beautiful.
Monmouth County, N.J.More than 40 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from 10 New Jersey stores partnered to help the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties alleviate hunger in the community. Volunteers built organic growing beds at the facility to supply produce for local soup kitchens and the culinary arts program. The FoodBank distributes more than 7.1 million pounds of food to more than 127,000 individuals each year. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
San Jose, Calif.Partnering with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, Lowe’s Heroes donated their time and skills to install railings and complete other repairs to improve the accessibility of residents’ homes. This $10,000 grant was one of 32 Lowe’s grants awarded to Rebuilding Together in 2013 to provide weatherization and energy-efficiency upgrades to low-income homeowners. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Rebuilding Together.
Streetsboro, OhioLowe’s of Streetsboro partnered with the City of Streetsboro to enhance a newly created park in the community. More than 20 volunteers donated their time and talents to complete a deck and enable local residents to use the fishing pond on the property. Each year, the Lowe’s Heroes program encourages employees in a location to work together to adopt a volunteer project and improve their community. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Portland, Ore.To support Lowe’s $1 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, more than 40 Lowe’s Heroes participated in a two-day event to revitalize Portland’s Cully neighborhood. Volunteers filled potholes on streets, painted an elementary school and completed five home preservation projects with low-income homeowners. Lowe’s contributed $250,000 to the Habitat Portland affiliate to address critical needs in the community. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Habitat for Humanity.
PhoenixMore than 150 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers from 12 Phoenix-area stores helped update five transitional homes for local veterans. Volunteers partnered with Homes for American Heroes to paint the interior of each home, landscape and install window treatments and ceiling fans. Homes for American Heroes provides veterans with the appropriate housing to address their needs. Learn more about Lowe’s Heroes.
Hartford, Conn.Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers joined Rebuilding Together Hartford to provide free critical home repairs for five low-income homeowners in the city’s Northeast neighborhood as part of a $60,000 grant. Volunteers also made improvements to a local park and teamed up with Carter’s Kids to install a new playground in the neighborhood. Since 2007, Lowe’s has rehabilitated more than 1,200 homes across the country in partnership with Rebuilding Together. Learn more about Lowe’s work with Rebuilding Together.