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SOURCE Lowe's; Habitat for Humanity International
Commitment through 2018 will bring Lowe's total contributions to more than $63 million
MOORESVILLE, N.C., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity International have teamed up for more than a decade to build homes, communities and hope. Lowe's announced today that it's renewing its commitment to Habitat with a new five-year, $23.5 million donation that will bring Lowe's total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003.
The commitment through 2018 represents Lowe's largest corporate donation to date. Along with the funding, Lowe's pledged the continued support of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers. Over the past decade, Lowe's employees have donated thousands of volunteer hours in support of Habitat's work.
"Habitat for Humanity has created a remarkable legacy by building and strengthening communities across America and around the world," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO. "We have been honored to be a part of those projects over the past 10 years and are excited about the opportunity to broaden our reach and serve more families in the coming years."
Lowe's has helped ensure safe and affordable housing in partnership with more than 3,000 families in all 50 states. As a primary supporter of Habitat's Women Build program, Lowe's helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year conducts hundreds of how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. Lowe's also provides volunteer and funding support for Habitat's disaster recovery and rebuilding programs, multicultural outreach and Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
"Lowe's has been an integral part of Habitat's work to strengthen families and revitalize communities nationwide," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We're so grateful to Lowe's for its past support and renewed commitment, and we look forward to this exciting new chapter of our partnership."
Key Partnership Milestones
2003 – Lowe's launches the national partnership and sponsors the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project blitz builds in Alabama and Georgia.
2004 – Lowe's becomes national underwriter for the Women Build program, offering the first Women Build how-to clinics at stores.
2006 – Lowe's supports the First Families Women Build project, building with governors and first families in all 50 states.
2008 – Lowe's launches the inaugural National Women Build Week, which challenges women across the United States to support Habitat during the week of Mother's Day.
2009 – Lowe's announces five-year commitment to Habitat with a $20 million gift.
2011 – Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity Charlotte celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first home built by all-female volunteers, and Lowe's Heroes help complete the 500,001st house built by Habitat for Humanity around the world.
2012 – Lowe's helps launch Habitat's first fleet of mobile response units to assist communities recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
2014 – Lowe's announces five-year, $23.5 million commitment that will bring its total Habitat contributions to more than $63 million.
Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $38 million to 8,000 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 5 million schoolchildren. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. Since 2007, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to improve communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.
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