Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together works with Lowe's to help family.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation funding 52 home renovation projects across U.S.

LOWELL, Mass. April 21 – Rebuilding Together Lowell and long-time partner Lowe’s will complete an extensive home renovation project to assist a family on Rebuilding Together’s National Rebuilding Day, April 24. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded the $5,000 grant to help complete critical home repairs.

The Lowell project is one of 52 grants totaling $260,000, including additional grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s funding will provide much-needed renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States on or around National Rebuilding Day.

Homeowner Dulcelina is a single mother with three children: Katherine, 16, Laurie, 15, and son Antonio, 4. Antonio is autistic and needs a safe backyard to channel his energy. The backyard has an old trailer, abandoned swimming pool and incomplete fence. Flood-water damage, high energy costs and a broken furnace are additional concerns. Dulcelina works full-time but cannot afford the necessary repairs. Rebuilding Together Lowell and Lowe’s will create a safer and warmer home for the family.

National Rebuilding Day is a cornerstone of Rebuilding Together’s 21-year history and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s $1 million contribution. Rebuilding Together will repair 3,500 low-income homes and community facilities during National Rebuilding Day 2010.

“The story of this family is a perfect representation of the mission of Rebuilding Together,” said Bob LaFleur, Board President of Rebuilding Together Lowell. “Not only are we able to fix a home assisted by the generous support of Lowe’s, but we are also able to greatly improve the family’s quality of life.”

“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve and maintain their homes, which makes our work with Rebuilding Together to renovate and modify homes a natural and rewarding partnership,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER

Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served.  With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled tradespeople, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether.

ABOUT LOWE’S

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, SkillsUSA/Skills Canada, and The Nature Conservancy, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities in North America. In 2009, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 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 2009 sales of $47.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.