TOGETHER AND LOWE'S BUILD A HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD FOR PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON DC - MAY 15 2012 - Rebuilding
Together, in partnership with the Lowe's Charitable and Educational
Foundation and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, announced plans
today for Rebuilding Together's Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in
the Overbrook neighborhood in Philadelphia.
Rebuilding Together's Building a Healthy
Neighborhood project will recruit 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
"Rebuilding Together's core belief
that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home is brought to actualization
through incredible rebuilding initiatives like Building a Healthy
Neighborhood, and the sponsors and volunteers who support our work,"
said Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "The
work we do is absolutely essential to the continued sustainability of
America's communities, and we are proud to work in Philadelphia to ensure
that its neighborhoods remain healthy and viable."
"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, 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.
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.