August 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Margie Thirlby (206.992.5512)
Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Heroes to restore five homes, build new playground in South Beacon Hill
Seattle – August 16, 2012 – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that believes in a safe and healthy home for every person, is partnering with Lowe’s, Carter’s Kids, and Rebuilding Together Seattle August 28-29 to revitalize the South Beacon Hill neighborhood.
This will be the third community revitalization project this year that Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids have hosted across the country in an effort to promote and sustain affordable, safe housing and healthier communities for youth. Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together have four additional community revitalization projects planned through May 2013.
Through the support of Seattle Public Schools, the volunteers will also partner with Carter’s Kids, a non-profit started by Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV to build a brand new playground to benefit the pre-school children at Tiny Tots Development Center and the entire South Beacon Hill community.
More than 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from around the region will volunteer their time and skills during the two day event. The critical repair work will benefit five local families and include replacing plumbing, roof work, repairing exterior and interior walls and updating utilities. All of the renovations will provide the families with a higher quality of life and will allow them to remain in their homes longer. Lowe’s Heroes will also deliver weatherization kits to local area residents and provide their expertise on how to make simple updates at home that save money and energy.
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has donated more than $1.2 million so far this year to support community revitalization projects in low-income communities across the United States as part of their overall $2 million commitment towards Rebuilding Together’s mission. Similar revitalization projects took place in Indianapolis and Philadelphia earlier this year. Three more projects are scheduled for Charlotte, Phoenix and Minneapolis through early next year.
Media are invited to attend the event and interview volunteers, homeowners and school officials.
August 28 - 9 AM- 4:30 PM (work day)
August 29 - 9AM- Noon (finishing touches)
1 PM - Ribbon Cutting
Tiny Tots- Wing Luke Branch
3701 S. Kenyon St.
Seattle, WA 98118
To learn more about Rebuilding Together, its mission and work, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.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 2010, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
About Carter’s Kids
Founded by HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse, Carter's Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America's youth. The purpose is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces. At Nueva Esperanza, Carter's Kids has designed a unique play area that will help students improve their strength and cardiovascular fitness levels. www.carters‐kids.org