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Monday 27 July, 2009

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Rebuilding Together, Lowe's Announce $1 Million...

Rebuilding Together, Lowe's Announce $1 Million Contribution

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Grant Makes Home Repairs Possible for Low-income Families Nationwide


Washington, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation today announced a $1 million grant award to Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership.


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As part of this partnership, Rebuilding Together will use the grant to complete critical home repairs for low-income families nationwide, with a special focus on energy efficiency and home accessibility components.  The partnership goal is to complete approximately 35 projects on Make a Difference Day, October 24, a national day of helping others.  These projects will also support a Lowe's Employee Volunteer Day, and Lowe's employees will participate in rebuild projects around the country. Grant funding will support Rebuilding Together's AmeriCorps program that supports tomorrow's future leaders, program development and building at more than 30 affiliate sites.


Since 2007, Lowe's has sponsored more than 200 rebuild projects, including special initiatives such as assisting in rebuilding Little Sioux Boy Scouts Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after the camp was destroyed by a tornado;  rebuilding the Lower 9th Ward Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana; and, a four-home repair blitz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


"We are so pleased to continue our impactful partnership with Lowe's who are helping us make a significant difference in the lives of so many low-income Americans," said Gary A. Officer, president and chief executive officer of Rebuilding Together.


"Working with organizations like Rebuilding Together allows us to give back to the communities where we do business," said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "This partnership gives us the opportunity to continue to help people improve and maintain their homes, which is at the heart of our business. By making homes safer and more energy efficient, we are building a stronger foundation for the future of our communities." 


About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of over 200,000 volunteers led by more than 200 affiliates, Rebuilding Together renovates and repairs nearly 10,000 homes and nonprofit facilities annually.


In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together renovates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and gulf coast recovery. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.  


About Lowe's

Lowe's is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country.  In 2008, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe's also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe's Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative.  Lowe's is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,675 stores in the United States and Canada.  For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.  


SOURCE Rebuilding Together


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