JON BON JOVI SOUL
FOUNDATION JOINS REBUILDING TOGETHER AND LOWE'S TO BUILD A HEALTHY
NEIGHBORHOOD FOR PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON DC - MAY 24, 2012 - Rebuilding
Together, in partnership with the Lowe's Charitable and Educational
Foundation and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, announced
today that the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is joining Rebuilding
Together's Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in the Overbrook
neighborhood in Philadelphia.
The Building a Healthy Neighborhood
project recruits hundreds of volunteers, local leaders and officials to
rehabilitate nearly 30 homes in the Overbrook neighborhood June 14 - 16.
The work will address local families' critical needs, including major
interior and exterior rehabilitations, accessibility modifications and
energy efficient upgrades. The volunteers will also participate in
community clean-up and the installation of a new playground at the Overbook
Environmental Education Center in partnership with Carter Oosterhouse's
charity Carter's Kids.
The Building a Healthy Neighborhood
mission is to demonstrate the positive effects of home and neighborhood
revitalization on the overall health of homeowners, families and
The Jon Bon Jovi (JBJ) Soul Foundation
has come on board as a partner, bringing along knowledge of the City after
having participated in various housing projects in the past throughout
Philadelphia. According to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the
common theme of all of their past revitalization efforts has been
to help strengthen the community by improving (or preserving) the housing
stock and thus the lives of those within the community.
"We were excited for the opportunity
to partner with Rebuilding Together on this project," said Mimi Box,
Executive Director of the JBJ Soul Foundation. "Upon hearing
about the work they were setting out to do, we realized this build fits in
perfectly with our model for community revitalization and incorporates the
elements we look for in each build in which we participate: 1) the housing
component - and here will affect the lives of 30 homeowners; 2) services
and community support through the Education Center; 3) making the homes
more energy-efficient; and 4) the very large volunteer component.
Volunteerism is something that the JBJ Soul Foundation has long supported
and is a cornerstone of our mission."
"We are thrilled that the Jon Bon
Jovi Soul Foundation will be supporting Building A Healthy Neighborhood in
Overbrook with Rebuilding Together and Lowe's Charitable and Educational
Foundation," said Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding
Together. "To see the momentum build among our sponsors and volunteers
and know that the effort we are making will help sustain a landmark
Philadelphia neighborhood in a healthy and viable manner is
"Creating safe and healthy living
environments in the homes impacted by the Building a Healthy Neighborhood
project helps bring vitality to families, neighborhoods and
communities," said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and
Educational Foundation. "Our Lowe's Heroes network of employee
volunteers will be hard at work with community volunteers in Philadelphia
to help make a difference for the families of Overbrook."
Volunteers from Lowe's, Wells Fargo,
Citrin Cooperman, Rebuilding Together's CapacityCorps alumni, Choice
Hotels, and HGTV and DIY Network, will revitalize the Overbrook
neighborhood and community center, as part of Rebuilding Together's mission
to provide a safe and healthy home for every person.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER
Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person.
Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs to an existing home,
addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the
homeowners. House by house, block by block, we work with our nearly 200
affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate
partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and
revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, we have seen the benefits when
people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are
revived. See the difference we make at www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also
follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on
Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether. Media Contact: BCarter@rebuildingtogether.org
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 nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since
its inception in 2006. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local
community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for
Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe's and the Lowe's
Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32
million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To
learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has existed to combat issues
that force families and individuals into economic despair. Through the
funding and creation of programs and partnerships, we support innovative
community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It is the
organization's goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those
affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing
programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social
services and job training programs. Our goal is to assist with rebuilding
pride in one's self and one's community - one SOUL at a time.