Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Host Fifth Annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood
Hundreds of Missouri volunteers to support a three-day community revitalization effort Oct. 8-10, 2015
Washington, D.C., October 5, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together — a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing that provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs — will join together with its affiliate, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, to lead its fifth annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood community revitalization project. The effort, supported by lead partner Lowe’s and 275 of its Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, will be held in St. John, a small community in St. Louis County, this October 8–10, and is expected to provide more than $760,000 in market value back to the community.
Nearly 500 community and corporate partner volunteers will join together to provide critical repairs for 14 homes and to revitalize a neighborhood community space. The majority of homeowners impacted are longtime members of the St. Louis community and range in need of support. Volunteers will participate in a variety of repairs including flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping, and other major home rehabilitations.
Building a Healthy Neighborhood exemplifies the efforts central to the mission of Rebuilding Together, helping to solve for the urgent need for a safe and healthy home for every person. Recognizing that unsafe or unhealthy living conditions at home account for many of the leading causes of preventable fatality, illness and disability, today – this annual effort demonstrates the positive effects of home and neighborhood revitalization on the overall health of homeowners, families and communities, and has given back nearly $2.5 million in market value nationwide, to-date.
This effort is made possible through the generous support of the event’s national and local partners, including lead partner Lowe’s, as well as Charter Communications (through its Charter our Community initiative), Emerson, Bank of America, CBRE, Pepsi, MiTek and Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri.
In addition to making critical repairs to several homes, Lowe’s Heroes will work to transform an empty St. John neighborhood lot into a community garden, named by the community “Unity Park.” The park will be located on the corner of Hume Avenue and Walton Road and will welcome the community with its beautiful greenery, walking trails, fountains and sitting areas and benches.
“Lowe’s is thrilled to partner with Rebuilding Together on a project that will have such a deep and long-lasting impact,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our employees are proud to volunteer alongside so many others and make a difference in the St. John community.”
“This is a true community revitalization effort, and we appreciate the support, dedication and hard work put forth by Rebuilding Together St. Louis and our volunteers, in addition to the generous financial contributions of our sponsors. With this support, we are closer to achieving our vision of a safe and healthy home for every person,” said Sandra Henriquez, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together.
For more information about Building a Healthy Neighborhood, please visit www.rebuildingtogether.org/bahn.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of people in our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Learn more and get involved at RebuildingTogether.org.
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
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